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REVIEW: DEPORTIVO 2 – ALCOYANO 1 (COPA)

13 Oct 2011
A Depor at half-speed was enough to achieve the pass to the next round; Juan Dominguez scored his first goal with the first team, but Oltra suffered two new injury cases: Ze Castro and Morel.

BEFORE THE GAME
Coach Oltra was presenting three novelties in the expected squad; the first was to see Colotto sited on the bench, while David Rochela was claiming the spot at the centre of the defense. The second was to see Laure performing as right winger, with Saul and also with Lassad sited on the bench; that was the third novelty as Riki was a starter.

Aranzubia was at the goal; Diego Seoane performed at the right-back position, David Rochela and Ze Castro were the two central defenders, Claudio Morel covered the left sector, Jesús Vázquez and Juan Dominguez were the two pivotes; Laureano Sanabria ‘Laure’ attacked by the right wing, Diogo Salomão did it on the left, Juan Carlos Real was the playmaker and Riki the central attacker.

At Alcoyano, coach Porras was presenting only one modification to the expected team; it was the appearance of right-back Manuel Carrión playing as a winger. Manuel Gato and Roberto Batres were the two references in attack.

FIRST HALF
It was a grey first part; Deportivo had the ball possession, but it missed depth and strength. Alcoyano was trying to use the counterattacks, but it missed punch and clear ideas; therefore the first half an hour was boring. It was until the Galicians scored the goal that the game became more interesting, with Depor having a couple of more opportunities.

Deportivo dominated the actions since the first minutes, but it missed to create any clear chance within the first ten minutes. Alcoyano was defending playing delayed on the pitch, but as soon as they were regaining the ball, the visitors were releasing quick attacks, which gave a sense of danger.

The first approximation for Depor was a great pass of Juan Dominguez that left Riki alone against visiting goalie Francisco Dorronsoro, but the keeper cleared the danger to corner-kick (10’). The second opportunity in the game was also for Riki as the Madrilenian collected a pass at the edge of the area, but his attempt went wide (14’).

Alcoyano’s first approximation came at minute 18; Xavi Molina bet Seoane to head a free-kick inside the area, but he missed the target. With the pass of the minutes the Valencians were feeling more comfortable on the pitch, mainly because the Galicians were too predictable. Juan Carlos, Juan Dominguez, plus the duo Seoane-Laure at the right wing, were the most active players, but the Galicians never found the way to surpass the visiting wall.

And just when it seemed that things were getting complicated Deportivo scored the first goal. And curiously it came by the left wing, the side where Oltra’s team was looking less dangerous. It was a combination between Morel and Salomão in which the Portuguese made a long run to end releasing a drilling cross that went into the path of Juan Dominguez, who scored from close range. It’s his first goal with the first team.

The goal awoke Deportivo as the Galicians were now looking more lively; just five minutes later Salomão was close to score after collecting a long pass from Ze Castro, but his crossed shot from inside the area was cleared by Dorronsoro.

SECOND HALF
The final part was a copy of the first, because things were boring at the start and it was until the other two goals were scored that things became interesting. Anyway, Depor played at half-speed against a rival that fought until the final whistle.

Things were more equal at the start of the second half; Depor was showing the same lack of ideas than in the first part, while Alcoyano was now more offensive as it was losing the encounter; they even had the chance to tie the actions as Gato missed the target in a corner-kick action (56’).

Then the match reached the same boring point of the first part: a lot of long throws at both sides and zero creative ideas in attack. For this reason the actions became boring. The first approximation of Depor in the half was a header of Laure without consequences (62’).

And again Ze Castro suffered a muscular problem after fighting for the ball; he was replaced by Colotto. And Depor replied just in the moment when things were turning more complicated, because the rival was close to Lux and the fatigue was now beginning to strike Oltra’s men.

Alcoyano gained a corner-kick; in the resulting cross Juan Carlos stole the ball and the youngster began a counterattack in which Salomão completed a long run and he only had to assist Riki, who scored the second goal from close range.

It seemed that Depor had conquered the goal that it needed to secure the pass, but just six minutes later the visitors scored as Manuel Gato threw a perfect free-kick at the edge of the area. Then Lassad replaced Riki; and later Depor suffered a second injury case as Morel picked a muscular problem when he was attacking by the left wing; he was replaced by Saul Fernandez.

The change switched Laure to the left-back position, while Saul was attacking by the right wing. The goal of Alcoyano, plus the injury cases at Deportivo, were pointing that the Galicians were approaching into a new suffered end, but the true is that they didn’t have any other clear opportunity; actually Depor was closer to score the third goal in a couple of corner-kicks at the end of the half.

AFTER THE GAME
Not a convincing presentation of Deportivo, but it was enough to clinch the pass to the next round. Oltra’s men had problems to surpass the wall of Alcoyano and just scored the goals in the precise moments and when thing were turning more complicated. To emphasize the first goal of Juan Dominguez with the first squad. Also important was the performance of Juan Carlos and Salomão, this last player gave two assists. The bad news were the injuries of Ze Castro and Morel.

Depor qualifies to the last-32 round in Copa Del Rey. It will face a Primera rival that’s not playing European competitions. The draw will take place this Friday and the possible rivals are: UD Levante, Malaga CF, Real Betis, Real Sociedad, RCD Mallorca, Osasuna, Rayo Vallecano, Real Zaragoza, RCD Espanyol, Getafe CF, Racing Santander, Granada and Sporting Gijón. The two-leg series will be played in December. Before, Deportivo will return to the Riazor in order to play the next Segunda match against Gimnástic Tarragona (Saturday, 16h00 CET).

MATCH STATISTICS
Deportivo: (4-2-3-1) Lux – Seoane, Rochela, Ze Castro (Colotto 65’), Morel (Saúl 77’) – Juan Domínguez, Jesús Vázquez – Laure, Juan Carlos, Salomão – Riki (Lassad 73’)
Alcoyano: (4-4-2) Dorronsoro - Devesa, Rojas, Fernando Martín, Dani Fernández - Guille Roldán (Omar 50’), Xavi Molina, Fran Miranda (Paco Estebán 83’),  Carrión (Diego Vicedo 65’) – Gato, Batres
Referee: David Miranda Torres. He showed yellow card to Devesa (28’) and Juan Carlos (84’)
Goals: 1-0: (32’) Juan Domínguez, 2-0: (66’) Riki, 2-1: (72’) Gato.
Venue: Riazor (18,000)

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