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REVIEW: MURCIA 0 – DEPORTIVO 0 (LIGA)

08 Nov 2011
More of the same, a jammed Deportivo was unable to create clear scoring opportunities against a Murcia that was a solid block, but that also missed punch to define its counterattacks.

BEFORE THE GAME
No surprises at the lineup of Oltra as he was presenting the expected squad; Dani Aranzubia was at the goal, Laure covered the right-back position, Ayoze Diaz played at the left side, while the central defenders were Colotto and Aythami. Mexican Andrés Guardado attacked by the right flank, Diogo Salomăo was at the left wing, Valerón was the playmaker in the formation, while Riki was the central attacker.

The novelties were at the side of Real Murcia, because top-scorer Emilio Sánchez was out of the game due to a muscular problem, his spot at the lineup was for Basque man Gálder Cerrajería; another novelty was that Argentine attacker Cristian García ‘Ruso’ was performing towards the left wing, while Alejandro Torres ‘Chando’ was the central attacker.

FIRST HALF
Once again Deportivo had a thick performance during an away meeting, though this time they didn’t leak any goal. The true is that the Galicians had the ball possession, but it was unable to create clear scoring opportunities, actually they didn’t complete any shot on target in the first part, while Murcia was relying on the counterattack and had three clear attempts.

Depor had the first approximation in the game with a high cross of Guardado that Riki was unable to head inside the area (6’), two minutes later the locals were close to surprise with a long-range attempt of Cerrajeria that was cleared by Aranzubia.

In the next ten minutes Depor had the initiative, but it never created anything before local keeper Alberto Cifuentes, just two wide shots made by Riki (9’) and Salomăo (17’). Then a polemic play occurred as Cristian Garcia fell down inside the area after been challenged by Aythami; it seemed that referee Pedro Sureda was going to whistle the penalty, but instead he booked the local striker as his assistant told him that he dived (19’).

At minute 25, Cristian Garcia appeared again to release a strong shot from the left corner of the area, and Aranzubia made the save. Deportivo was having the ball possession, but its attackers were lacking freshness, the midfielders and the defenders were leaving too much room for the counterattack, for this reason it gave the impression that the visitors were jammed, while Murcia had the best chances despite been losing the ball.

The next chance for Murcia came at minute 32, again it was Cristian Garcia with a low shot cleared by Aranzubia. The best chance for Depor in this half came until minute 39; it was a solo-play of Riki in which the Madrilenian attacker hit the net by the outside with a shot from close range.

SECOND HALF
No much improvement in the second part, Depor had the initiative, but it never gave the sense of real danger, the modifications of Oltra never added the needed depth in attack, and the only exciting part in this dreadful match was the stoppage time, moment when Murcia had two clear chances against one for the Galicians.

Murcia went out trying to gain the initiative in the game and pushed up front, but Depor had the first approximation in the half with two consecutive crosses of Guardado that didn’t find a receiver (49’). But soon the game returned into the same path of the first half: Depor was having the ball possession, while Murcia patiently waited at the back zone.

The first shot on target in the game for Deportivo came at minute 53’, Riki gained the ball at the edge of the area and his low shot was too easy for Alberto. At Murcia, Cristian Garcia was the most dangerous man for Murcia, he was a constant threat for Depor, precisely he was the one that put the cross that Chando headed out in the next chance for the locals (58’).

Then Oltra replaced Salomăo with Saul, the Asturian added some depth on the right wing, but his crosses never met a receiver. Then Deportivo had its best chance in the whole match; Riki collected a long ball coming from midfield and faced Alberto one-on-one, but the Madrilenian attacker was unable to drill the ball under the keeper’s body.

Oltra sent Lassad to replace Jesús Vazquez; the modification kept the 4-2-3-1 scheme, but Valerón was more delayed at midfield, allowing Lassad to play behind Riki. Neither was a solution as Deportivo didn’t create too much danger.

At minute 71, a long possession for Depor allowed Lassad to combine with Riki, but his final shot hit a defender and went directly into the hands of Alberto. That was one of the few appearances of the ex-Fabril man within the final minutes.

Murcia didn’t have the same clarity than in the first part, at least until the stoppage time, and their only approximations were a counterattack missed by Pedro as his drilling shot was too easy for Aranzubia (76’), and four minutes later Molinero released a new drilling shot, this time it went out. Then Bruno Gama had his first official minutes with Depor after replacing Guardado, but the Portuguese winger barely touched the ball.

It was a boring match until this point, but the excitement came during the stoppage time, because both teams released dangerous counterattacks that almost defined the encounter. First, Murcia released a fast attack on the right wing that ended with Molinero eluding both Colotto and Aythami at the six-yard line, the right-back was backwards the goal and turned around to release a drilling shot that hit the body of Aranzubia and that went close to the near post (90+1’)

In the next play Depor’s keeper controlled a long-distance shot of Sutil and unleashed a counterattack in which Lassad made a wonderful play chipping the ball over two defender to enter into the area by the right flank, it was the first time in which Depor was surprising Murcia’s deadlock, but in the end the Tunisian attacker wasted the chance with a high cross that went wide. Murcia even had a new chance with a counterattack in which the ball hit Aranzubia after a deflection of Aythami, but Laure cleared the danger (90+3’).

AFTER THE GAME
New disappointing game of Deportivo playing away from the Riazor, but this time at least Depor is returning to La Coruńa with one point inside the pocket. Once again the defense committed important mistakes, but the lack of am, and sometimes the naivety, of Murcia allowed Depor to clinch the clean sheet. In attack Valerón was disconnected and therefore the whole team missed ideas. Depor ads, but it isn’t enough to fulfill the expectations.

Depor is now seventh at the standings, just separated from the promotion zone by the goal difference. To mention that Jesús Vázquez saw his fifth yellow card on the season reason why the ex-Recreativo man will miss Sunday’s Galician derby against RC Celta (Riazor, 20h00 CET)

MATCH STATISTICS
Real Murcia: (4-2-3-1) Alberto - Molinero, Oriol, Iván Amaya, Óscar Sánchez – Iturra, Richi – Sutil, Cerrajeria (Aguilera 75’), Cristian Garcia (Issac 89’) – Chando (Pedro 64’).
Deportivo: (4-2-3-1) Aranzubia – Laure, Colotto, Aythami, Ayoze – Álex Bergantińos, Jesús Vázquez  (Lassad 70’) – Guardado (Bruno Gama 85’), Valerón, Salomăo (Saul 57’) – Riki.
Referee: Pedro Sureda Cuenca. He showed yellow card to Cristian Garcia (20’), Jesús Vázquez (26’), Ittura (28’), Salomao (44’), Cerrajeria (67’), Sutil (77’) and Oriol (85’)
Venue: La Nueva Condomina (11,000)

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