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09 May 2010
First win in two months and Depor welcomes back Filipe Luis with a victory that ruined the intentions of Mallorca about reaching the Champions League. Lotina’s team suffered in the first half, and capitalized its improvement in the final part.

Both coaches presented the expected formations; Lotina sent a 4-2-3-1 figure with Aranzubia at the goal, Manuel Pablo performing at the right-back position, Raul Garcia was at the left sector and the central defenders were Rochela and Lopo. At midfield Sergio and Juca were the two pivotes; Juan Rodriguez was performing at the right wing and Adrian covered the left. Juan Carlos Valerón was the playmaker and Riki the central attacker.

At Mallorca coach Gregorio Manzano presented a novelty as Josemi was replaced by Brazilian Felipe Mattioni at the right-back position. In attack Cameroonian Pierre Achille Webo and ex-Athletic Bilbao Aritz Aduriz were searching the needed goals. The Majorcans were hoping for a win in order to continue aspiring to the Champions League.

A thing to be emphasized is that the Riazor Blues decided to protest against the poor performance of the team in the second round of la liga; they left empty the zone of Maraton Inferior until minute 10 and later showed a signboard with the legend: “your second round deserves this”

Depor finally met the victory after two months of misery, it was a great display by the whole team, but at the same time it was a suffered victory as Mallorca gave a lot of problems to the Galicians, especially in the first part. The visitors outplayed Deportivo within the first thirty minutes and enjoyed five clear opportunities to score a goal, but in all the cases they missed the target.

The true is that, in the first half, Depor presented the same doubts of recent matches; the local midfielders left an open highway and the Majorcans were feeling really comfortable at the moment of reaching the opposite goal, while the offensive intentions of Depor passed once again through long throws searching for Riki.

Mallorca had its first big chance at minute 17, it was a play of Aduriz in which he surpassed Lopo, but in the end Rochela cleared the danger, two minutes later Juan Rodriguez lost the ball inside the area against ‘Chori’ Castro, who in the end assisted Webo, but the African striker sent the ball over the crossbar from close range.

Then Mario Suárez released a strong shot from mid-distance that was stopped by Aranzubia (21’), and two minutes later Aduriz again surpassed Lopo to chip the ball over Aranzubia, but once again missed the target. Those were the best moments for a Mallorca that had four clear opportunities in a matter of just seven minutes.

A few minutes later the Majorcans had other two opportunities, both through crosses that were headed out of target, first it was Julio Alvarez after a pass from Mattioni (27’) and then it was  Aduriz after an assist of Webo (29’). Meanwhile Depor was having problems to make three straight passes, Valerón seemed disconnected from Riki and Adrián, while Juan Rodriguez was making a huge physical display, but without participating in any important play.

It was until the final eight minutes that Depor was able to visit the area defended by Aouate, who like Lafita was constantly whistled by the local fans. At minute 37 a good play of Valerón ended with Juan Rodriguez sending a cross from the right that was going into the path of Riki, but the striker fell to the ground as he was followed by Ruben, no penalty was called.

Four minutes later the Madrilenian participated in the biggest chance for Depor in this half; it was during a corner-kick of Sergio that he headed at the six-yard box, but the ball just hit the crossbar and went out.  Mallorca was the best side in big part of the first part, but its lack of aim condemned the game to a 0-0 score at halftime, something that would cost them the match in the second part.

And it’s that the final part was totally different, Mallorca now seemed tired and lacked freshness to move the ball over the grass, while Depor recovered some of its past glory as it was the side that took advantage of the empty spaces at midfield. Now Valerón was connecting with Riki and Adrian, while they were constantly supported by both Juca and Juan Rodriguez.

At minute 49, Depor had its first big chance in this half, again it was after a corner-kick of Sergio, this time it was Lopo who headed the ball, but the Catalan missed the target. Two minutes later Juca released a direct free-kick that was stopped by Aouate. And at the 55th minute the aerial game of Deportivo brought a new chance to break the deadlock, it was a cross of Adrian from the left that Riki headed out.

Mallorca tried to respond with a run of Marti in which the ex-Sevilla entered into the area to release a drilling cross from the left corner of the box, but Lopo cleared the danger (58’), and in the next play Riki made a great play to assist Sergio, but the Catalan sent the ball out when he was trying to release a cross from the left.

Then the most expected moment of the game arrived as Filipe Luis entered to replace Raúl, the Brazilian player received an standing ovation at the Riazor and soon was combining with Adrian at the left sector, actually it was the couple that started the play of the goal. Both men assisted each other and the ball was passed to Valerón, who made a brilliant pass at the edge of the area to assist Riki, the Madrilenian was entering into the area by the centre and the drilling assist of El Flaco left him alone to beat Aouate with a drilling shot that entered near to the right post.

Depor’s goal just made the game more exciting, because Mallorca felt pressured to search for the equalizer, which left more spaces to Depor. Two minutes after the goal Juan Rodriguez was close to score the second, this after a long run of Adrian, the Asturian gave a perfect pass to the Andalusian midfielder, who later eluded Aouate, but later missed the needed space to release a proper shot.

 Then Lotina made his final two substitutions as Mista and Ivan Perez replaced Riki and Valerón. The true is that both moves affected Depor as the connection in attack was now gone, though Mista and Juan Rodriguez combined in one play to leave the ex-Malaga alone against Aouate, but in the end the Israeli keeper stopped the ball (85’).

Now all the danger at Depor was coming through the left side, with Filipe and Adrian as the protagonists, but they were unable to create any other opportunity. Meanwhile Mallorca pushed strongly within the final minutes, but never created a clear chance. Actually, their clearest attempt in the second half came thanks to Aranzubia, who missed to control a header of Varela, and in the end ’Chori’ Castro released a cross that didn’t find a receiver.

Finally, Depor was able to achieve its first liga victory since March 6th; some people would say that it was the emotional result after Filipe returned to compete, but the true is that the whole Galician team showed more spirit and will to play than in any other game of the second round. However it must be said that Mallorca was the best team in the first half and that wasted too many opportunities, something  they paid in the final part as Depor controlled the game and scored its goal. The win helps to break the negative streak of eleven games without a victory, the worst mark in the history of the club.

Depor still tenth in the table, but now tied in points with Atletico Madrid, now the Galician team can only aspire to end ninth, but for that it must defeat Athletic Bilbao at the San Mamés (date to be announced), the Basques are also out of the European race after losing against Real Madrid (1-5).

Deportivo: Aranzubia - Manuel Pablo, Rochela, Lopo, Raúl (Filipe 65’) - Sergio, Juca - Juan Rodríguez, Valerón (Iván Pérez 82’), Adrian – Riki (Mista 76’).
Mallorca::  Aouate – Mattioni (Varela 70’), Ramis, Rubén, Ayoze - Julio Álvarez (Keita 81’), Martí - Suárez, Castro – Webó (Victor 65’), Aduriz.
Goal: 1-0 (68’) Riki
Referee: Javier Turienzo Alvarez. He showed yellow card to Aouate (40’), Marti (50’), Ayoze (64’) and Adrian (74’).
Venue: Riazor (7,000)
Other statistics: Ball possession (44% - 56%); Total shots (9 - 15); Shots on target (3 - 1); Saves by the keepers (1 - 2); Corner-kicks  (3 - 5); Offsides (3 - 1); Fouls committed (13 - 17); Accuracy in the passes (72.96%  - 74.65%)




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