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22 Jan 2012
Depor is the winter champion of Liga Adelante 2011/12, but before it suffered a lot before a surprising B team that hit the posts in three opportunities, and that only fell down after been reduced to ten men and scoring an own goal.

In the end Oltra chose to play with Lassad Nouioui in attack; the rest was the expected starting team, which included the return of Valerón to the playmaking function, while Ayoze Diaz was returning from suspension in order to perform at the left-back position.

Aranzubia was at the goal; Laure performed at the right side of the defense, Ayoze was at the left, and the central positions were for Colotto and Ze Castro. Midfield was territory for Juan Dominguez and Álex Bergantiños, Bruno Gama attacked from the right wing, Guardado was on the left, Valerón was the playmaker and Lassad the central attacker.

At Villarreal B, the big surprise was that striker Juan Tomás Ortuño 'Juanto' (20) was making his debut at Segunda coming directly from the C squad; in the end three players from the C squad were starters against Deportivo, the other two were left winger Manu Trigueros and playmaker Moi Gomez.

An unrecognizable Deportivo was unable to present the solid impression of an ambitious team searching for a winter championship; a young and fresh Villarreal B seemed pretty comfortable over the grass of the Riazor and practiced the best football, even hitting the posts in three opportunities.

The start of the game was imprecise, with both teams easily losing the ball; Depor was trying to have the initiative, but the visitors were putting pressure at midfield, reason why the Galicians were missing their passes. Tunisian striker Lassad only lasted nine minutes on the pitch after picking a muscular injury; he was replaced by Riki. Later it was informed that he sustained a Soleus problem that could sideline him for a couple of weeks.

Then, the visitors started to feel more comfortable on the pitch; the first clear chance in the game was for Villarreal B, a distraction of the defense allowed Moi Gomez to find the ball at the edge of the area and his strong shot hit the crossbar of Aranzubia (13’).

Deportivo was still asleep, Villarreal B was having the ball possession and was finding the cracks at back zone, Álex Bergantiños and Juan Dominguez were caught by surprise by the midfield territory of the Valencians, so there was no connection between the defense and an offensive zone that was unable to make any interesting play within the first twenty minutes, not even a wide shot, just a couple of good passes of Valerón that ended in nothing.

Them the visitors hit the post for a second opportunity and again after a distraction at defense, this time Juanto found the ball inside the area and he was along enough to release a powerful shot that hit the left top-corner of the crossbar (20’). At least this time Depor reacted and Riki had the first attempt for the locals in a one-on-one play in which his shot was too easy for visiting goalie Diego Mariño (21’).

But the reaction of Depor was only mirage and Villarreal B still was the most dangerous side on the pitch, at minute 25 the visitors hit the post for the third time after Moi Gómez found again the ball at the edge of the area and again his strong shot hit the crossbar.

The Riazor was in shock as Deportivo was a broken team against one of the most inexperienced and young squads in the league; Oltra was so desperate that even ordered to Bruno Gama and Guardado to switch positions, but it was worthless as the visitors were still dominating; at minute 30 Manu Trigueros found the ball at the edge of the area and released a shot that was cleared by Aranzubia

At minute 35, Juan Dominguez completed the first shot on target for the locals, but his attempt from the edge of the area was stopped by Mariño. Depor had more ball possession within the final minutes, but it never created a sense of real danger.

Depor improved, but still was far from the best version saw at the Riazor during this season. The team equaled the ball possession and had some scoring opportunities. Still, Oltra’s side had to wait to see the rival reduced to ten men and to have the aid of an own goal in order to secure the victory.

At least this time Depor lasted less time in making a shot on target, because Guardado only needed forty second is releasing a drilling attempt; still it was too easy for Galician goalie Mariño. It was pretty clear that the Galicians had a much better attitude as they were trying to surround the area of the visitors.

Still, Villarreal B was feeling comfortable on the pitch; at minute 51 a long run of Lucas Porcar ended with a shot from the right corner of the area that hit the net by the outside. And the first key play of the match came in the next minute, because Kiko Olivas was sent off after fouling Riki from behind, just when the striker was going to face the visiting keeper one-on-one.

Since that point Depor pressed the accelerator and harassed the goal of Villarreal B, at minute 53 Colotto was close to score after he found a rebound at the area, his header was going in, but Lejeune miraculously cleared the danger over the crossbar. Colotto was everywhere and two minutes later he scored a similar goal to the one of the past weekend, but this time it was disallowed by the referee.

Despite the disadvantage, Villarreal B was still pushing and was still creating problems to the Galicians, then Oltra switched the system and turned into a 4-4-2 scheme, he did it after Xisco returned into action replacing Álex Bergantiños. The Majorcan striker was making his second appearance on the season after been out for five months.

At minute 71, Depor had a great chance to claim the lead; a solid collective play ended with Riki drilling the ball from the right side of the area, just into the path of Bruno Gama, but the shot of the Portuguese winger from the six-yard box was cleared by a defender. In that play central defender Pere Martinez was stretchered off  after sustaining an injury.

The pressure of Depor was lower within the last fifteen minutes; things were looking equal despite the Galicians were having a numeric advantage, but suddenly Depor found a precious goal, which was the second key play in the match. It was the only attack of Depor that found an unprepared defensive line at Villarreal B, Guardado found the ball at the left wing a released a low cross that was searching for Xisco, the Majorcan couldn’t connect the ball properly, but it hit French Florian Lejeune, who ended sending the ball to the back of the net entering by the far post. Then Borja replaced Valerón.

But Villarreal B wasn’t dead, not even playing with ten men and with the morale meltdown of been in disadvantage after hitting the posts in three opportunities. And it’s that the last ten minutes were intense, with both sides having two opportunities to score. At minute 87, Guardado found the ball at the left corner and, after eluding a rival, attempted a cow's tail that missed the target.

Two minutes later Kike López surprised everybody as he found the ball at edge of the area when he was backwards the goal, then he turned off and released a strong shot that passed close to the crossbar. Then, at the last minute of the regular time, Xisco was assisted by Guardado, and the Majorcan released a strong shot from the edge of the area that Mariño brilliantly cleared off. The last chance in the game was for Villarreal B as Manu Trigueros released a dangerous cross from the left that didn’t find any receiver (90+1’).

The worst game of the first round at the Riazor, but Deportivo was lucky enough to clinch the three points, all thanks to an own goal scored by a combative Villarreal B that hit the posts in three opportunities and that was reduced to ten men. The first half was the worst part of the match, later the team reacted and secured a fifth straight victory, result that gives to Depor the winter championship at Liga Adelante 2011/2012

Since Segunda División is composed by 22 teams –season 1996/97- eleven of the fourteen winter champions clinched the promotion to Primera División (78.57% of the total). It is an optimistic stat for a team that’s on the right path to the elite of Spanish football. Now, Deportivo starts the second round hosting FC Cartagena on next Sunday (16h00 CET).

Deportivo: (4-2-3-1) Aranzubia – Laure, Colotto, Ze Castro, Ayoze – Juan Domínguez, Álex Bergantiños (Xisco 65’) – Bruno Gama, Valerón (Borja 79’), Guardado –  Lassad (Riki 9’)
Villarreal B: (4-4-2Mariño – Pere (Iriome 73’), Lejeune, Kiko, Jaume Costa - Marcos Gullón, Toribio, Moi (Kike López 63’), Manu Trigueros - Lucas Porcar, Juanto (Llorente 57’)
Goal: 1-0: (76’) Lejeune (o.g.)
Referee: Pedro Sureda Cuenca. He showed yellow card to Laure (31’), Jaume Costa  (51’), Mariño (59’), Colotto (69’), Iriome (73’) and Riki (90+3’). Kiko Olivas was sent off (51’).
Venue: Riazor (25,000)
Other statistics: Ball possession (50% - 50%); Attempts to score (6 – 7); Total shots (15 - 13); Shots on target (5 - 6); Saves by the keepers (3 - 2); Corner-kicks  (8 - 5); Offsides (1 - 6); Fouls committed (11 - 17); Accuracy in the passes (82.47% - 83.08%)




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