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08 Jan 2012
Depor showed two faces as it scored two goals only needing three attempts, but later it missed to sentence the game missing a lot of opportunities. Still, the team adds three valuable points that leaves Oltra’s side at the second place.

No surprises on the starting formations as both coaches were presenting the expected lineups, which by the way were the same ones used at the last matchday of 2011. Oltra was playing with Dani Aranzubia at the goal, Laure performed at the right-back position, Ayoze was at the left, while the central defenders were Colotto and Ze Castro.

Álex Bergantiños and Juan Dominguez were the two centre midfielders, Portuguese Bruno Gama played at the right wing, Mexican Andrés Guardado did it on the left, Juan Carlos Valerón was the playmaker and Lassad Nouioui the central attacker.

At Xérez, Vicente Moreno has no problem in repeating the formation that trashed FC Cartagena at the end of December (3-0); veteran Jose Mari was on the bench as Íñigo Vélez was the starting choice in attack; the ex-Real Sociedad was coming after scoring a brace in the previous liga meeting.

Deportivo left very positive feelings in its first minutes of 2012; though it had doubts at the beginning against a brave rival; the point is that the punch of the Galicians led to a comfortable 2-0 win, just to allow a goal at the last minute, which left things opened for the second part.

The game started with Xérez pushing up front; the visitors were putting up to three men marking Valerón, which asphyxiated the locals allowing the Andalusians to have the ball possession. The locals weren’t reaching the opposite area and the visitors were the ones giving a sense of danger, but in the end the side that scored the first goal was Deportivo.

It was a play started by Álex Bergantiños and that ended with Bruno Gama releasing a cross from the right that central defender David Lombán sent to the back of the net after feeling the pressure of Lassad.

But the own goal didn’t affect the intentions of the visitors, and they continued pushing in attack giving a lot of problems to a defensive line that was looking insecure, mainly each time that Iñigo Vélez was facing the local defense, the ex-Real Sociedad striker had at least three attempts within the first twenty minutes.

Then Depor had its second chance in the game, which ended with a drilling pass of Guardado searching for Lassad; the Tunisian scored the goal, but referee Prieto Iglesias whistled an inexistent offside (21’).

And just one minute later Depor was going to score the second goal; it was a counterattack in which Juan Dominguez got the ball at the edge of the area, then he drilled a perfect pass to the left corner, just to see Guardado entering into the area, elude Raul Camara and bet Doblas with a perfect crossed and drilling shot that meant his eighth goal on the season, it’s also the third straight game in which the Mexican scores a goal.

The punch of Deportivo was giving a comfortable 2-0 advantage; and it’s that the locals just needed three attempts to score two goals. Also, the second goal, contrary to what happened with the first, touched the morale of Xérez; now the Andalusians were more focused in keeping the game at midfield, while Deportivo was looking pretty comfortable with the advantage; the Galicians even had clear opportunities to score the third goal; more specifically it had three chances before the break.

The first was a cross of Laure coming from the right, Guardado couldn’t head the ball when he was inside the area, but Ayoze go it at the opposite corner and released a strong shot that was cleared by Toni Doblas (37’). One minute later Bruno Gama hit the crossbar with a brilliant volley that Doblas deflected first.

Four minutes before the break, Bruno Gama made a great play at the centre and drilled a perfect pass to Lassad, who fired from the edge of the area, but his attempt was blocked by Doblas. It seemed that Depor was going to reach the break with the two-goal advantage, but a handball of Juan Dominguez was going to change the things

Because it cost a yellow card for the Galician midfielder and a direct free-kick that former Mallorca man Alejandro Campano seized with a shot that passed over the barrier, and that went into the near post of Aranzubia. Truly Xérez deserved that goal, but ironically it scored just when the Andalusians were passing their lowest moment in the game

This part of the game was also ironic; Depor was the better side until Xérez CD was left with ten men, since that point the Andalusians were better and looked dangerous, but the visitors were run out of gas for the final twenty minutes; the point is that Deportivo forgave too much, hitting the posts three times throughout the match, and therefore suffering until the final whistle.

Javier Moreno went out for everything in the second part as he switched the system into a 4-4-2 with the entry of Jose Mari replacing a disappeared Capi. The first attempt in the half was for Bruno Gama, who released a drilling shot that missed the target (49’).

Precisely the Portuguese winger missed the biggest chance to score the third goal; Guardado made the assist and Gama elegantly eluded a rival to end facing Toni Doblas one-on-one, but inexplicably he sent the ball over the crossbar when he was at the six-yard box.

The true is that despite the switch in the scheme, Xérez was locked at the back zone, while Depor was more coherent in attack, and the key play in the game came at minute 59; Capdevila entered into the area by the left side and tried to surprise the referee after been challenged by two defenders; the truth is that the midfielder threw himself to the pitch, and for this reason referee Prieto Iglesias sent him off as he saw the first yellow just six minutes before.

Xérez had to play the last thirty minutes with ten men, ironically the Andalusians were looking more dangerous when they were in disadvantage, because they started to surround the area of Aranzubia, while Depor was locked at their half of the pitch trying to protect the result. At minute 66, Guardado assisted Álex Bergantiños, but his attempt from the edge of the area went wide. Then Oltra replaced Valerón with Riki. El Flaco didn’t have a good game, but neither the Madrilenian brought fresh ideas up front.

The ‘engagement’ of Depor with the posts continued at minute 71 as Ze Castro headed backwards a corner-kick of Guardado, the ball hit the corner of the crossbar and then Toni Doblas caught it; it was the third shot of Depor hitting the posts. Four minutes later Bruno Gama made a great play on the left, his cross went directly into the path of Guardado at the penalty spot, but his shot just went into the position of Doblas, who contained the danger.

Oltra made his second move sending Borja Fernandez to replace Lassad; a clear move trying to keep the control of the ball at midfield and protect the result. Borja played behind Alex and Juan Dominguez, but above the line of four defenders. At minute 83, Juan Dominguez was close to score after collecting a clearance of the defense, but Toni Doblas deflected his shot from the edge of the area.

For the final four minutes Pablo Álvarez entered for Bruno Gama; there was a lot of suffering at the Riazor within the final minutes, but the true is that it was more for the narrow score than for the sensations transmitted by Xérez, because they never had a clear chance within the final forty-five minutes, actually they just completed two shots on target in the whole match.

Deportivo showed two faces; the first one corresponds to a team that can score goals with an impressive ease, but in the same match it showed a worrying lack of aim as it couldn’t define the game just after Xérez reduced the distance, and it’s that Oltra’s team hit the post three times and missed too many occasions, reason why the locals suffered until the end.

The victory keeps Deportivo at the second place at the standings; this after Elche CF came back in the score twice to end defeating CD Guadalajara (4-2), while Hércules CF have the same numbers of points after clinching a 2-1 win over UD Las Palmas. On next Sunday, Depor will visit SD Huesca, a team currently in relegation (El Alcoraz, 12h00 CET). For that meeting Ayoze Diaz is suspended after picking a fifth yellow card.

Deportivo: (4-2-3-1) Aranzubia – Laure, Colotto, Ze Castro, Ayoze – Álex Bergantiños, Juan Domínguez – Bruno Gama (Pablo Álvarez 86’), Valerón (Riki 67’), Guardado – Lassad (Borja Fernández 76’).
Xérez CD: (4-2-3-1) Toni Doblas - Campano, Lombán, Gerard Autet, Mendoza (Jose Mari 46’) - Bruno Herrero (Tato 69’), Capdevila - Rueda, Capi (Mendoza 46’), Raúl Cámara - Íñigo Vélez
Goals: 1-0: (5’) Lomban (o.g.), 2-0: (22’) Guardado, 2-1: (45+2’) Campano.
Referee: Eduardo Prieto Iglesias. He showed yellow card to Mendoza (9’), Juan Dominguez (45+1’), Aranzubia (58’), Raúl Camara (58’), Colotto (71’), Ayoze (90+1’), Rueda (90+2’) Capdevila was sent off (58’).
Venue: Riazor (23,720)
Other statistics: Ball possession (58% - 42%); Attempts to score (9 – 3); Total shots (19 - 13); Shots on target (10 - 2); Saves by the keepers (1 - 5); Corner-kicks  (4 - 3); Offsides (3 - 2); Fouls committed (10 - 17); Accuracy in the passes (78.24% - 86.55%)




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