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REVIEW: DEPORTIVO 2 - 2 MALLORCA (LA LIGA)

21 Jan 2006
Deportivo only managed a draw against lowly Mallorca, after entering the halftime with a two goal advantage. Three critical minutes in the second half gave Mallorca a point and left Deportivo on the sixth place. But the biggest loss for Deportivo is Valeron, who will be out of action for a long time.

BEFORE THE MATCH
Caparros decided to play it safe in the offensive and again started the match with Valeron and Tristan, while Munitis and Capdevila were returning after suspension. But the absences of Juanma and Andrade forced Caparros to use Coloccini and Romero in the central defense.

Meanwhile, Duscher's absence was covered by Julian de Guzman. The Canadian is faster and more dangerous than Scaloni, so Caparros decided to give him another opportunity to play. But the main novelty in Depor's lineup was the presence of Iago on the wing. With Ivan Carril injured and Victor in a bad form, Caparros started the match with his only other true winger, leaving Arizmendi also on the bench.

Mallorca had other problems, lying 18th in the table. Any point would be important for the insular team, and Hector Raul Cuper could also count on the new players, Nunes and Basinas, although none of them started the match in the end.

THE FIRST HALF
Mallorca started the match very determined, creating pressure at Deportivo's goal. Still, they couldn't create any real danger in the beginning of the match and it was Tristan who had the first big opportunity. Only a few minutes later, Manuel Pablo found Valeron in the box with a long ball and the forward scored with a shot from the near post.

Valeron was fouled minutes later in the box and Tristan converted a penalty bringing his goal tally to ten. With the victory sliding away from Mallorca, Depor started to dominate and De Guzman almost added a third with long range shot just before the break.

http://deportivo-la-coruna.com/pics/regular/Valeron_247.jpg" align="left" border=1>THE SECOND HALF
With the relegation zone just around the corner, Mallorca started the second half desperate to score. And only five minutes after the start of the second half, Okubo cut the distance in half with a controversial goal after a powerful header. To make matters worse, Mallorca started a counterattack three minutes later which Arango finished with a well placed shot that surprised Molina, levelling the score.

With both teams looking for the win, the opportunities started to appear and Munitis, Valeron and Tristan almost managed to score, while Molina was also saved by the post. Caparros reacted and sent Xisco on the pitch replacing Sergio and strengthening the attack, and minutes later he had to bring in Arizmendi to replace an injured Valeron. But even with three strikers, Depor didn't create any more danger, losing another two points at home.

AFTER THE MATCH
The other contenders for the Champions League positions had a more productive matchday, with Celta, Villareal, Valencia and Sevilla all winning. These circumstances relegate Depor to the sixth place, level on points with Celta and three points away from the fourth spot.

More bad news came for Depor after the match when a medical analysis of Valeron's injury showed that the forward had torn his crossligaments in the knee. As such he will be out of action between 6 and 8 months. It is certain that he will miss the rest of the season as well as the World Cup in Germany.

MATCH STATS:
Deportivo: Molina - Manuel Pablo, Coloccini, Romero, Capdevila - Iago(V?­ctor 59'), Sergio (Xisco 80'), De Guzman, Munitis - Valeron (Arizmendi 88') and Trist??n.
Mallorca: Moy??; Cort?©s, Tuzzio, Potenza, Navarro; Jon??s Guti?©rrez (Campano 74'), Farin??s (Borja 76'), Doni (Peryra 84'), Arango; V?­ctor and Okubo.
Goals: 1-0: (18')Valeron, 2-0: (26') Tristan from the penalty spot, 2-1: (51') Okubo, 2-2: (54') Arango.
Referee: P?©rez Lima; showed yellow cards to Iago(27') and De Guzman (67') from Deportivo and to Cortes(25'), Okubo(64') Victor  (72') and Borja (80) from Mallorca.
Venue: Riazor (18,000)


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