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REVIEW: RECREATIVO 1 – DEPORTIVO 2 (LIGA)

10 May 2009
Depor ends the curse in Huelva and achieved an important victory that solidifies its European aspirations. Verd?? and Pablo Alvarez, at the beginning of each half, scored the goals that are also sinking Recreativo at the drop zone.

BEFORE THE GAME
Lotina made a modification to the expected lineup as he allowed the return of Albert Lopo to the centre of the defence, in this way he broke the partnership between Diego Colotto and Z? Castro that only allowed one goal in the previous four games. The rest was the expected formation, with Joan Verd?? replacing injured Lassad, and with Guardado, Pablo Alvarez and Bodipo as the main references in attack.

At Recreativo, coach Lucas Alcaraz decided in the end to keep the squad that defeated Osasuna on the past weekend, this meant that Jos? Manuel Casado stayed on the bench, while Aitor Tornavaca delayed his position to cover the left-back position. In midfield, Jes??s V??zquez was playing alongside Javi Fuego and the references in attack were Javier Camu?as and Adri??n Colunga.

FIRST HALF
Lucas Alcaraz said on Friday that normally, during the games disputed on this season, the encounters were ?losing the balance too soon? and always against his team, and this match demonstrated that he was right. Because Deportivo scored a goal at the start of each half and during its first approximation to the rival’s area, therefore Recreativo was forced to fight during almost the entire game against the score and against its own anxiety.

The locals dominated the ball possession at the beginning and during the major part of the first half, but their first approximation to Depor’s area came until minute 10, it was a corner-kick of Colunga that C?sar Arzo headed inside the area, the ball was cleared and then Recreativo fulfilled two consecutive crosses, the last one was cleared by Aranzubia.

 Alcaraz’s squad was trying to have the initiative, but the Andalusians were just unable to surpass a defensive line that once again demonstrated to be very solid. Lopo and Z? Castro were holding at the back zone, while the side defenders, especially Filipe Luis, were constantly joining the attacks. Juan Rodriguez was also a very important piece in midfield territory, blocking and assisting the creativity of Guardado and Verd??.

And Depor gave the first blow during its first approximation to the rival’s area, it was a play started by Z? Castro in defence, he sent a drilling pass to Verd??, who was in midfield territory, quickly the Catalan assisted Filipe who ran over the left wing, then the Brazilian sent a drilling cross to the edge of the area and into the path of Bodipo, the Equatoguinean attacker tried to surpass a rival, but the ball hit the defender, however, instead of clearing the danger, the ball reached Verd?? who saw keeper Riesgo standing almost at the penalty spot, then the ex-Barcelona midfielder chipped the ball over him, it hit the crossbar first and entered to the goal after hitting the ground. It is the seventh goal in liga for him.

The early goal just provoked more anxiety to a Recreativo that was forced to win; the pressure was so big that the locals didn’t have an approximation to Aranzubia’s goal until twenty minutes after the goal. In the meantime, Depor was trying to take advantage of the opportunity. Just four minutes after Verdu’s goal, Bodipo was chasing a long ball against Riesgo, the keeper had to leave his area in order to head the ball, and both players collided but were able to continue in the game.

Then, central defender Nasief Morris, the only field player in la liga that has had played all the possible minutes in the competition, got injured and Alcaraz decided to make a risky bet as he sent striker Javi Guerrero to replace him. The change gave some mobility to the locals, though they were still missing depth in attack. Depor, however, started to lose intensity and Recreativo was gaining meters and playing each time more close to Aranzubia.

The excitement returned for the final five minutes as Depor and Recre had chances to score goals. At minute 40, Javi Guerrero sent close to the left post a drilling cross of Camu?as, then Pablo Alvarez was close to surprise Riesgo with a shot on target after a long throw of Aranzubia, but who found the goal near the pause was Recreativo.

It occurred after a new long throw of Aranzubia that Guardado couldn’t control in midfield, the result was a quick counterattack in which Javi Guerrero drilled the ball beyond Z? Castro, striker Adri??n Colunga run for the ball and entered to the area to bet Aranzubia with a crossed shot that entered by the right post. It is the ninth goal in liga for him. Depor was reaching the pause with the sensation that it has lost a great chance to reach the European positions, while the locals were breathing a sigh of relief.

SECOND HALF
Everybody was expecting to see an ?avalanche’ over Depor’s goal during the second part, but the true is that the visitors knew how to handle the situation and enjoyed of the best chances to score. Just one minute after the pause, Filipe sent a long pass to Pablo Alvarez, but Riesgo came out first. It was just a warning of what was about to happen.

Because the same couple would have a starting role in the next play, the first approximation to the local area in this half and that meant Depor’s second goal. It was a quick counterattack started by Verd?? in midfield in which Filipe Luis combined with Guardado on the left to leave the Brazilian at the edge of the area facing three rivals, then and with a dose of good fortune as the ball hit the leg of the side defender as a rival was trying to clear it, he managed to face Riesgo one-on-one, then Filipe chipped the ball over the keeper’s body and into the penalty spot, Pablo Alvarez was there to easily score his second goal in liga.

The Andalusians were now fighting against the score for the second time in the game, Alcaraz allowed the entry of Esien Martin, who promised to score four goals in the final four games, the presence of the Portuguese striker gave more strength to the locals, but it also opened the spaces for the always dangerous counterattacks of Deportivo. As the one carried by Bodipo after a pass from Sergio, in the end the shot of the ex-Alav?s striker went close to the post (57’).

Then Lotina made a curious substitution as he allowed the entry of Lafita for Pablo Alvarez, it should be understood as a normal substitution as both men are right wingers, but it must be remembered that Depor’s coach said before the Aragonian wouldn’t play anymore on the liga season since he was at the door out. No matter what, the true is that Depor’s best occasions came just when Lafita was on the pitch.

But before that, Recreativo lived its best moment on the second part having two chances in a matter of two minutes, first Martin headed over the crossbar a cross from Javi Guerrero (65’), then Javi Fuego attempted from long distance, but his shot went wide (67’). Then Riki replaced Bodipo and Depor started to have the best opportunities no matter the local squad was having the ball possession.

At minute 71, Verd?? missed a clear chance when he was alone against the goal, it was during a quick counterattack and after a combination between Lafita and Riki, but his effort hit the post. Three minutes later, Riki missed the target after a solo-play at Recre’s area. It was a play started after C?sar Arzo lost the ball at the back zone. Eleven minutes before the end, the same Madrilenian attacker had an attempt to score, this time his shot was stopped by Riesgo.

Recreativo was able to reach Depor’s goal until minute 84, this time through Camu?as, but Aranzubia made the save. Then Valer??n replaced Verd?? and immediately the Canarian assisted Guardado who missed the target from close range (86’). That was the last approximation for the visitors, who spent the last minutes locked at the back zone. The only opportunity for Recreativo during the final minutes came at the last minute, and it was a clear chance as Javi Guerrero shot on target after a pass from Camu?as, and Aranzubia made the save.

AFTER THE GAME
First victory for Deportivo in Huelva and it is a very important win. The visitors were very effective this time and capitalised the two chances had at the start of each half. Lotina’s side suffered in the first part, but in the second the Galician players found the open spaces against a desperate rival and were even close to achieve a bigger score.

No matter the win, Deportivo still seventh in the standings, this after Atletico came from behind to defeat Espanyol (3-2) and as Villarreal achieved a last-minute draw at Barcelona (3-3), however the Galicians are now tied in points with Villarreal in the sixth spot, and they have the advantage in the particular series (3-1), something that breaks a virtual tie at the end of the season. Now Deportivo hosts Getafe FC on Saturday (20h00 CET). The Madrilenians gave an important step forward to the salvation as they bet Osasuna (3-0). At the other side of the history, Recre lays at the drop zone, three points under the safety.

MATCH STATISTICS
Recreativo: Asier Riesgo - Iago Bouz??n, Nasief Morris (Javi Guerrero 25’), C?sar Arzo, Aitor - Rafa Barber - Camu?as, Javi Fuego, Jes??s V??zquez, Sis? (Ersen Martin 55’) - Adri??n Colunga (Maidana 62’).
Deportivo: Aranzubia - Manuel Pablo, Lopo, Z? Castro, Filipe - Juan Rodr?guez, Sergio - Pablo ?lvarez (Lafita 62’), Verd?? (Valer??n 84’), Guardado - Bodipo (Riki 58’).
Goals: 0-1 (17’) Verd??, 1-1: (44’) Adri??n Colunga, 1-2: (49’) Pablo ?lvarez.
Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco. He showed yellow card to Pablo ?lvarez (50’), Jes??s Vasquez (57’), C?sar Arzo (78’), and Lafita (88’).
Venue: Nuevo Colombino (17,341)
Other statistics: Ball possession (60% - 40%); Total shots (17 - 8); Shots on target (5 - 3); Saves by the keepers (0 - 3); Corner-kicks  (6 - 1); Offsides (2 - 3); Fouls committed (14 - 15); Accuracy in the passes (80.75% - 83.23%)

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