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05 Dec 2011
Flat presentation of a Deportivo that at least collected a point in the always though visit to the José Zorilla; Oltra’s team lacked depth and was lucky to meet a rival that also lacked punch.

Oltra chose Ze Castro before Aythami to play alongside Colotto at the centre of the defense; in this way the Valencian coach was repeating the same starting eleven that defeated UD Almeria during the past week.

Dani Aranzubia was defending the goal; Laure was covering the right-back position; Ayoze Diaz was at the left side, while Ze Castro and Diego Colotto were at the centre of the defense;  at midfield, Álex Bergantiños and Juan Dominguez were the pivotes; Bruno Gama was attacking from the right wing, Andrés Guardado did it from the left, Juan Carlos Valerón was the playmaker, finally Lassad Nouioui was the central attacker.

The surprises were at the side of Valladolid; Djukic was presenting several novelties; starting with Tunisian/French Mehdi Nafti, who was a starter at midfield, while Manucho was sat on the bench as Javi Guerra was claiming the spot alongside Óscar in attack. Around 800 Depor’s supporters were at the stadium, while the temperature was around the 3 degrees Centigrade

Equal and at the same time boring first half; both sides had problems to display their offensive football; Depor simply was unable to create anything against the local goal defended by Jaime Jiménez, while Valladolid was attacking by the right side defended by Laure, precisely from that sector it came the most dangerous chance in the half that ended with a shot hitting the crossbar.

It was a calmed start, both sides were trying to find their place on the pitch and there were no clear scoring opportunities within the first twenty minutes, which was good for the visitors as Deportivo has suffered a lot in past occasions during this frame of the matches. The first attempt of Depor in the game came at minute 12; it was a header of Bruno Gama that missed the target.

Valladolid was insisting with attacks by the side of Laure, but the Madrilenian and the rest of defenders were covering all the cracks, at least until the last minutes of the half, and the only chance for the local was a shot from the edge of the area of Marquitos that went wide (21’)

Four minutes later the violet team had a great chance to score; it was a corner-kick coming from the left that Nafti headed at the penalty spot and Aranzubia made the clearance as the ex-Athletic goalie cleared the danger over the crossbar.  Meanwhile, Depor was having problems to create danger on the wings –its trademark on the season-

Guardado and Bruno Gama were switching positions, but both players were always marked by two or even three defenders, reason why they never released a dangerous cross. Worse was the situation at the centre, Valerón made a couple of good passes, but later he passed unnoticed.

Valladolid was close to score at minute 35; it was a shot long run of Marquitos that ended in a confusing play at the centre in which Sisi hit the crossbar from the six-yard-box. That was the only time in which the locals were able to break the wall by the side defended by Laure.

The ugliness continued on the second part; Depor became a more soft team and Valladolid started to earn the initiative, though the locals missed more aim; in the end Depor even had the chance to score the winning goal as Colotto hit the post with a header.

Depor was more incisive at the start of the second part, but the best chance to score was again for Valladolid; this time it was a disallowed goal for the locals as Javi Guerra headed a precise cross of Nauzet Aleman after a counterattack for the locals. The true is that it wasn’t offside (51’).

The fact that marked this half was the entry of Nauzet Aleman, because the Canarian was the most dangerous player for Valladolid. If during the first part the locals focused their attacks on the right side, now they did it on the left, and this time they found a goldmine as Ayoze never found the way to stop Nauzet.

Since Depor was lacking depth Oltra replaced Bruno Gama with Salomão, and one minute later Deportivo had a good chance to score; Guardado threw a free-kick from the left, Salomão headed the ball at the opposite side, and then Colotto did the same at the centre, but he missed the target (60’). Anyhow, the entry of Salomão didn’t change the picture as the Galicians were more worried defending the tie rather than been searching for the victory.

Valladolid was looking more dangerous and that’s why Oltra ordered a second chance, he sent Borja Fernandez to replace Valerón, the Galician was debuting wearing the Blanquiazul shirt, and he did it at the stadium where he played for four years. The move was made in order to put pressure at midfield with a line of three pivotes; neither had an impact in the match.

At minute 70, Óscar collected a drilling cross of Nauzet, but his shot from close range missed the target. Within the final twenty minutes Deportivo was locked at the back zone and it only attacked through counterattacks, then Ze Castro suffered a new muscular problem as he had to be replaced by Aythami.

The best chance in the whole game for Deportivo came until minute 84; Guardado threw a corner-kick on the left and Colotto headed the ball at the far post; his attempt was searching for the bottom left-corner of Jaime Jiménez, but the ball hit the crossbar and went out. Within the final five minutes both sides were trying to release quick attacks, but there were no more clear opportunities.

Once again Deportivo played a plane match at the José Zorilla stadium, but this time Real Valladolid was too soft and never capitalized the apathy of the Galicians. It can be said that the result was fair; both teams hit the posts once, though Valladolid suffered a disallowed goal that was legal.

The point keeps Deportivo living inside the promotion zone, this time sixth, tied in points with fifth place UD Almeria and just three points below the direct promotion zone. On next Saturday Oltra’s team hosts CD Numancia at the Riazor (18h00 CET).

Valladolid: (4-4-2) Jaime - Balenziaga, Rueda, Valiente, Peña – Marquitos (Nauzet Aleman 46’), Nafti, Víctor Pérez, Sisi (Jofre 79’)  – Óscar (Manucho 90+1’), Javi Guerra
Deportivo: (4-2-3-1) Aranzubia – Laure, Colotto, Ze Castro (Aythami 76’), Ayoze – Álex Bergantiños, Juan Domínguez – Bruno Gama (Salomão 59’), Valerón (Borja 65’), Guardado – Lassad.
Referee: Mario Melero López. He showed yellow card to Sisi (17’), Juan Dominguez (36’), Bruno Gama (54’), Borja (68’) and Álex (80’)
Venue: José Zorilla (10,800)
Other statistics: Ball possession (53% - 47%); Attempts to score (6 – 4); Total shots (13 - 14); Shots on target (4 - 5); Saves by the keepers (4 - 3); Corner-kicks  (7 - 7); Offsides (2 - 3); Fouls committed (10 - 9); Accuracy in the passes (81.89% - 78.75%)




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