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REVIEW: DEPORTIVO 0 – MALLORCA 0 (LIGA)

21 Sep 2008
Deportivo ended a tasteless week with a disappointing draw against Mallorca. Eight days in which the squad has played three matches without scoring a goal. This time the Galicians dominated the actions and had the best occasions to take the three points, but the ?old’ ghost, the lack of aim, reappeared as Depor wasted good occasions to achieve the win. The referee was protagonist as he sent off Omar Bravo in a doubtful action and as he showed ten yellow cards.

BEFORE THE GAME
Lotina decided to return to the 4-2-3-1 figure that gave good results against Real Madrid, this time the responsibility of the goals was for Omar Bravo. The surprise in the lineup of Lotina is that Antonio Tom??s was playing alongside De Guzm??n in midfield while Sergio was left on the bench. In Mallorca, Gregorio Manzano put the expected formation with the trio Arango-Trejo-Aduriz up front.


FIRST HALF
The defeat in Norway acted as a ?revulsive’ for Depor as Lotina’s squad seemed with a combative attitude trying to take the victory since the first minute. Just seconds after the kick-off the Galicians had the first big chance to score. It was a combination between Omar Bravo and Verd?? in which the Mexican sent a cross that the Catalan headed inside the box, and goalkeeper Moya made the first of his four crucial saves throughout the game.

Mallorca reacted at the 7th minute with a corner of Arango that David Navarro headed inside the box and that went out for a close margin. Then Pablo ?lvarez became noticed with a cross from the right that Moya stopped (8’). The reaction of the visitors came with a harmless shot of Oscar Trejo that Dani Aranzubia contained without problems (11’). That was one of the few chances for Mallorca in the first half.

At minute 13 Depor enjoyed of its second clear opportunity as Omar Bravo sent a shot that Moya cleared with difficulties, the rebound was found by Pablo ?lvarez but the winger sent the ball over the crossbar. Despite that Depor was having the best chances, Mallorca was the side having the ball possession, it was just that the visitors weren’t able to surpass a defensive line that in this opportunity seemed solid, while Depor was surpassing time after time the deadlock of the Majorcans.

Omar Bravo, the most active player upfront during the first half, had a new opportunity at minute 23 after his compatriot Guardado sent a cross from the left, the ex-Chivas tried a bicycle-kick, but the ball went wide. And Bravo was the protagonist of the next opportunity for Depor at minute 32, this time Guardado and Filipe combined to assist Bravo on the box, the Mexican striker tried to lift the ball over Moya, but the keeper miraculously saved his team.

Mallorca was able to create a chance until the 39th minute, it was a free-kick of Arango that ended with Varela shooting to the top corner of Aranzubia, but the Basque keeper made a great save. But then Depor had the clearest occasion of the first half after Guardado hit the crossbar when he was alone in front of the goal. Antonio Tom??s lifted the ball to the box and Moya cleared it before Bravo was able to touch it, the rebound was found by Guardado who headed it, but unlucky for Depor the ball hit the crossbar instead of entering to the goal.

The first half ended goalless, but Deportivo had enough chances to have a comfortable 2-0 in favour. Mallorca was having the ball, but Arango’s squad didn’t know what to do with it, while Depor was more practical. The whole squad seemed focused, but once again the lack of aim at Lotina’s squad prevented the partial victory for the home side, it was also a matter of luck as the chances of Guardado and Bravo were close to enter.

SECOND HALF
Things started in the same way as Deportivo was close to score just one minute after the pause. Filipe Luis took a corner-kick and Guardado was near to touch the ball inside the box, instead the ball was cleared by Mallorca’s defence. It seemed the goal was near to arrive for the locals, but then an unexpected protagonist appeared: referee Ayza G??mez.

At minute 58 he sent off Omar Bravo for a supposed tough foul over keeper Moya, what happened is that a long ball to Verd?? and the Mexican ended in a divided play in which Bravo couldn’t avoid the contact with the Majorcan keeper, then a little fight started and G??mez decided to expel Bravo from the game, a decision that was unfair.

Then the game turned upside down, the public at the Riazor became as angry as never before and every action of the referee and from Mallorca itself was protested and whistled. Before the expulsion, Lotina had decided the exit of Antonio Tom??s, who never got into the game. His place was for Juan Rodr?guez. The modification didn’t improve the game of the Galicians, who were now more cautious reduced to ten men over the grass. Neither helped the entrance of Lafita for Verd??, modification that was trying to give more freshness to the attack. Lafita took the function of playmaker this time.

But all eyes were upon Ayza G??mez who lost the control over the game as his poor calls were now rising the temperature in the stadium, the fury of the public became bigger as Juan Rodr?guez was booked for a simple foul (68’) just to see in the next play Ayoze receiving the same punishment after a tough foul over Guardado, action that deserved a red card. In total, Ayza G??mez showed ten yellow cards and two red ones, something that demonstrates the terrible second half he had. The second red card was for Navarro after he picked a second yellow for a simple foul over Lafita.

As result of all this, the game lost the pace and now both teams seemed to have the same chances to achieve the victory. Manzano sent Webo to the pitch and Lotina did the same with Bodipo, but Mallorca was now reduced to play with one striker after Ramis entered for Aduriz in order to cover the hole left by Navarro. Meanwhile Bodipo was unnoticed during the minutes he spent over the pitch, mainly because the Galicians were now exhausted after the effort done throughout the game, especially during the first half. The last opportunity of the game was a mid-distance shot of Juan Rodr?guez after a counterattack, once against Moya saved the visitors, and the Mallorca-born keeper was definitely the figure of his team with his crucial four saves.

AFTER THE GAME
Deportivo drew a match that in other conditions would end in a comfortable 2-0 or 3-0 for the Galicians. Lotina’s side, although it missed the ball possession during big part of the game, was the most dangerous team and had enough chances to achieve the win, but the lack of aim and the bad luck avoided to see Depor conquering the three points.

Another factor that must be appointed as cause of this result is the poor work of the referee Ayza G??mez, his polemic decisions broke the game in the second half and Depor lost the pace witnessed during the first half. The public at the Riazor reacted with one of the biggest protest ever saw in recent times.

Lotina’s Deportivo is closing in this way a poor week in which the squad lost its first game in liga, a big part of the aspirations in the UEFA cup and ended achieving a draw with a bittersweet taste after the merits done on the pitch. Now Depor makes two visits in the next six days, first it visits Osasuna at the Reyno de Navarra (Wednesday 20h00) and then travels to the Mestalla in order to face the current leader Valencia FC (Sunday 19h00).

MATCH STATISTICS
Deportivo: Aranzubia - Laure, Lopo, Z? Castro, Filipe Luis - De Guzm??n, Antonio Tom??s (Juan Rodr?guez 60’) - Pablo Alvarez (Bodipo 78’), Verd?? (Lafita 62’), Guardado - Omar Bravo.
Mallorca: Moy?? - Mart?, Nunes, David Navarro, Ayoze - Varela (Jurado 65’), Cl?ber Santana, Mario Su??rez, Arango - Trejo (Web?? 67’), Aduriz (Ramis 82’).
Referee: Ayza G??mez. He showed yellow card to Pablo Alvarez (11’), Antonio Tom??s (39’), Lopo (53’), Nunes (58’), Mario Su??rez (64’) Juan Rodr?guez (67’), Ayoze (68’) and Laure (79’). Omar Bravo was sent off with a direct red card (58’) and Navarro for accumulation of yellow cards (77’).
Venue: Riazor (14,000)
Other statistics: Ball possession (43% - 57%); Total shots (17 - 14); Shots on target (6  - 2); Saves by the keeper (1 – 4); Corner-kicks (6 – 8); Offsides (5 – 0); Fouls (23 – 14); Accuracy of passes (82.11% - 84.40%)

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