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REVIEW: VILLARREAL 1 – DEPORTIVO 0 (LIGA)

01 Mar 2010
New disappointing presentation of a Deportivo that accumulates three months without winning away from home, and even five straight games without scoring a goal away from the Riazor. Aranzubia even avoided a bigger defeat.

BEFORE THE GAME
Lotina promised “a little surprise“ and the truth is that there was nothing new in the Deportivo that jumped to the grass of El Madrigal. The only novelties in the formation that played against Xérez were the presences of Piscu, Juan Dominguez and Adrian replacing Lopo, Juca and Riki, all of them forced modifications due to injuries or suspensions.

Aranzubia was at the goal, Manuel Pablo performed at the right-back position, Laure at the left, while Colotto joined Piscu at the centre of the defence. Antonio Tomás and Juan Rodriguez were the two pivotes, Juan Dominguez was the playmaker, Pablo Alvarez attacked by the right wing, Guardado by the left and Adrián was the central attacker.  

At Villarreal, new coach Garrido was presenting the expected starting eleven, with the only novelty of Ariel Ibagaza playing for Pires. Also with the return of Gonzalo and Godín to the centre of the defence, and with the combination of Joseba Llorente and Brazilian Nilmar searching for the goals.

FIRST HALF
New frustrating game of a Deportivo that gave new life to a Villarreal that was coming after allowing ten goals within the last week. And it’s that Lotina’s team controlled the actions, but never represented any danger to local keeper Diego López, who just appeared within the final twenty minutes of the game. Neither Villarreal caused too many troubles as there wasn’t any shot on target within the first thirty-five minutes.

Antonio Tomás and Juan Rodríguez were controlling midfield territory, but there was a disconnection between the attacking line, because Adrián was playing towards the wings and when the ball reached the area of Villarreal, nobody was there to receive the pass or connect the cross. Villarreal was also having problems to find a proper connection with its strikers, and it only created some danger after a good pass of Ibagaza that left David Fuster alone against Aranzubia, but the winger missed the target with his crossed shot (5’).

At minute 18, Llorente fouled Aranzubia when the keeper already had the ball, the striker was shown a yellow card and deserved the red, the action started a little fight that ended with Guardado also booked. It was an important call by the referee because later the ex-Athletic forward was going to be decisive in the game.

The boredom of the first thirty-three minutes was totally opposed to the excitement of the final seventeen minutes, first Guardado fell down in the area of Villarreal when he was backwards the goal and after been fouled by Bruno (34'). The play was doubtful and Depor’s players asked for the penalty, but no call was made. In the next play Villarreal took a corner-kick at the left side that Aranzubia neutralized starting a counterattack at the centre, but it ended in nothing as Guardado didn’t reach the ball after a pass of Piscu.

Then, Villarreal started a fast attack from its defensive sector; the locals moved the ball at midfield and Antonio Tomás committed a foul over Ibagaza. Bruno moved the ball fast and surprised the same Antonio Tomás and Juan Rodriguez, who were surpassed by Ibagaza, with Depor’s defensive line in an advance position, the playmaker drilled a pass between Laure and Piscu, this last one tried to clear the danger with a sliding tackle, but couldn’t reach the ball, then it went to the path of Nilmar, who entered to the area by the right.

Aranzubia tried to block him, but the Brazilian chipped the ball over his body and into the six-yard-box, Colotto didn’t arrive on time and Joseba Llorente just had to push the ball in. It is the fifth goal in liga for the ex-Athletic Bilbao forward.

It was just the first shot on target in the game and Depor noticed the goal, because suddenly Villarreal was finding the cracks at Depor’s defence that almost cost a second goal, but Aranzubia was there to make three key saves. First after a great run of Nilmar that ended with a powerful shot from mid-distance that Depor’s keeper sent to corner-kick (42’), in the next play Llorente headed the ball on target, but Aranzubia was there to make the save

The half ended with a throw-in action in which two Depor’s defenders collided at the left side, David Fuster took advantage of the situation to enter into the area and fire a rocket from the left, but Aranzubia appeared for the third time in four minutes to clear the danger (44’).

SECOND HALF
The final part saw a Villarreal that was feeling more relaxed and that preferred to wait at their zone for a counterattack to define the game, once again Depor was having the ball possession, but never represented a danger to Diego López. Actually the locals seemed more dangerous though they only completed two shots on target in this half: Bruno (51’) and Nilmar (74’), both stopped by Aranzubia.

Lotina decided to move the bench and allowed the entry of Iván Pérez for Pablo Alvarez -he had a bound in the head-, El Ratoncito was switching his position between the right and the centre, but nothing happened. Shortly after, Bodipo replaced Guardado, change that moved Adrián to the left wing opening a spot for Bodipo at the centre of the attack.

Before this last change, Guardado made the first shot on target for Depor, it was a scissors-kick attempt after a pass from Manuel Pablo that Diego López controlled without problems (71’). The combination between Adrián and Bodipo gave some depth to Depor, and the Equatoguinean attacker had two attempts to score.

The first after a pass from Adrián, but the shot from inside the area was stopped by the local keeper (76’). Nine minutes later, Juan Rodriguez assisted Bodipo, but his right-foot attempt was saved by Diego López.

For the final eight minutes, Lotina allowed the debut at Primera División of Diego Ańon, who replaced Adrián. The Fabril’s player covered the left wing, position in which he is used to perform at Deportivo B. And the Galician kid had the last chance of the game after he headed the ball inside the area after a rebound, but the ball was stopped by Diego López (90+1’).

AFTER THE GAME
New terrible presentation of Deportivo playing away from the Riazor; it was facing a rival struck by its two worst defeats in liga and in Europe, both in a matter of five days, and ended scoreless and without giving the sensation of been a team hungry for the European positions. As a demonstration of this, the only four shots on target came within the final twenty minutes, and all of them were easy plays for Villarreal’s goalie.

This loss means that Depor hasn’t won away from home within the last three months, and is also the fifth straight away game in which the Galician team doesn’t score a goal, something that happens for the first time since the year 1966. To make things worse Mallorca won at Valladolid (2-1), while Sevilla and Athletic had a goalless game at the Sánchez Pizjuán. Now Depor returns to the sixth place, five points under fourth place Sevilla and just one point above seventh spot Athletic and with Villarreal eighth, now just six points below Depor. On Saturday, the team hosts Tenerife FC at the Riazor (18h00 CET)

MATCH STATISTICS
Villarreal: Diego López - Ángel, Gonzalo, Godin, Capdevila - David Fuster (Pires 89’), Senna, Bruno, Ibagaza (Escudero 78’) – Filmar, Llorente (Marcos Rubén 72’).
Deportivo: Aranzubia - Manuel Pablo, Colotto, Piscu, Laure - Juan Rodríguez, Antonio Tomás - Pablo Álvarez (Iván Pérez 57’), Juan Domínguez, Guardado (Bodipo 70’) - Adrián (Ańón 82’).
Goal: 1-0: (36’) Llorente.
Referee: Javier Estrada Fernández. He showed yellow card to Joseba Llorente (17’), Guardado (19’), Laure (21’), Diego López (87’) and Ańon (89’).
Venue: El Madrigal (17,000)
Other statistics: Ball possession (46% - 54%); Total shots (18 - 8); Shots on target (6 - 4); Saves by the keepers (4 - 5); Corner-kicks  (5 - 3); Offsides (2 - 4); Fouls committed (18 - 13); Accuracy in the passes (79.57% - 83.05%)

* RESULTS & STANDINGS

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