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REVIEW: DEPORTIVO 2 – FC CARTAGENA 1 (LIGA)

30 Jan 2012
New suffered victory for a Deportivo that this time played a great game, even surpassing the adversities, but again Oltra’s players missed too many chances to secure the result before. Xisco scores his first goal on the Segunda season.

BEFORE THE GAME
No surprises at the starting eleven presented by Oltra; Ze Castro was fit to play and Riki was replacing Lassad in attack, though later Depor’s coach admitted that neither him nor Xisco were at 100%. Dani Aranzubia was the starting goalie; Laure performed at the right-back position; Ayoze Diaz played on the left, while Colotto was joining Ze Castro at the centre of the defense.

Álex Bergantiños and Juan Dominguez were the two pivotes; Juan Carlos Valerón was the playmaker in the scheme; Andrés Guardado was the left winger, Bruno Gama attacked from the right wing, and Riki was the central attacker.

At Cartagena, coach Carlos Rios was presenting a novelty in his 4-2-3-1 scheme, Héctor Font was left on the bench, while ex-Racing Toni Moral was claiming the spot at midfield. Uruguayan Nicolás Raimondi and Juan José Collantes were the main reference in attack.

FIRST HALF
A raging Deportivo commanded a game despite having a numeric disadvantage for twenty minutes; it had the best chances and scored the lonely goal in this half, the true is that the Galicians deserved a bigger score. The key were the cracks that the locals found at midfield, which opened the gates to the deadly combination between Valerón, Bruno Gama and Guardado.

The first minutes were played at midfield, but soon both teams started to approach to the opposite area; first Collantes attempted a drilling shot from the edge of the area that was too easy for Aranzubia (4’); later Guardado threw a free-kick that was cleared by a defender, and the next chance was also for the Mexican as he attempted a shot from the edge of the area that went over the crossbar (7’).

Two minutes later Bruno Gama attempted a long-range shot that was stopped by visiting keeper Manuel Reina. At minute 12, Laure made a great play on the right wing and the Madrilenian drilled the ball into the path of Valerón, who released a shot from the six-yard box that hit a defender and went out.

Depor was now commanding the actions and continued pushing in attack; the next chance was a header of Colotto in a corner-kick of Guardado that was saved by Reina (13’). Things were looking good for Oltra’s team as the Galicians were findings the cracks at the rival’s defense, but then the locals suffered a hard hit as Ayoze was sent off after cutting a counterattack for Cartagena in a corner-kick in favour for the Galicians (17’).

Oltra didn’t make any substitution and the team was playing with a defensive line only composed by three men, though Guardado was helping his team mates covering the left sector when it was necessary. Despite been reduced to ten men, the Galicians were still insisting; Cartagena committed the big mistake of not marking Valerón, and neither blocking the attempts of Guardado and Bruno Gama on the sides; so Juan Dominguez didn’t find any problem to feed the trio.

Riki had two chances to open the scoresheet; both after solid collective plays of the Blanquiazul team, and both were saved by Reina. But the Madrilenian didn’t miss the third chance; again in a great collective play of the team; Juan Dominguez made a pass to Bruno Gama, who quickly assisted Valerón with a pass made with the heel; the Canarian entered into the area by the right wing, then El Flaco released a perfect volley, just into the path of Riki, who firstly touched the ball with the head and later with the back to score the goal at the six-yard box. It’s his sixth goal of the season.

Again the key in the game was that Depor was finding enough room at midfield to release its fast attacks, which caused big problems to the visitors. In any case, Cartagena started to push  after the goal and was having some opportunities, like the corner-kick in which Lafuente couldn’t connect the ball properly before Aranzubia (32’).

But then the numerical advantage disappeared for Cartagena, because Abraham Paz was sent off after collecting a second yellow card committing a foul over Riki. With things equal on the pitch, Depor pushed for the second goal and the Galicians were close to score it after a new collective play, Guardado assisted Laure, then he ran ten meters and assisted Bruno Gama and the Portuguese released a cross to the far post that Guardado connected with an acrobatic move, but Reina made a great save (42’). The half ended with the feeling that Deportivo deserved more.

SECOND HALF
The second part was entertaining, with a warrior Cartagena that, despite its limitations, it never surrounded; they were aware of the importance of extracting something from the Riazor, but the punch of Deportivo was decisive as Xisco came out from the bench to score the winning goal, which also was his first goal of the season.

The pace at the start of the second part was slower; with Depor more focused in keeping the ball possession rather than searching for the second goal; meanwhile Cartagena missed the quality to search for the equalizer. The first approximation of Depor in the second part was a collective play of Oltra’s side that ended with Riki firing from the edge of the area, but his attempt went over the crossbar (52’).

Cartagena had its first chance at minute 55, it was a cross of Txiki that Raimondi headed inside the area, but his crossed attempt went wide. Then Guardado made an impressive run on the left wing wiping off the entire defensive line of Cartagena; the Mexican assisted Riki and he put the ball inside the area, but Bruno Gama wasn’t able to connect the ball and later the Portuguese attempted to score with the heel, but it hit Reina and then the ball went out.

It seemed that Depor was growing in the match, but suddenly Cartagena found the equalizer in a counterattack; Juan José Collantes found the ball at the edge of the area, then he released a shot that hit Colotto and turned into a strange curved attempt that beat Aranzubia entering by the far post.

Depor tried to react and a combination between Riki and Juan Dominguez left the Galician midfielder alone at the edge of the area, but his attempt went over the crossbar (62’). Cartagena responded with Collantes releasing a drilling shot after a corner-kick that was stopped by Aranzubia.

The game was open at this point, with Depor still having enough room at midfield, though now Cartagena was giving the impression of having a good chance to clinch the three points, but Oltra ordered the first modification allowing the entry of Xisco for Riki, and it was going to be a decisive move as the Majorcan was going to score the second goal just two minutes later.

Again it was a collective play; Valerón, Bruno Gama and Guardado made the play at the centre to end assisting Laure at the right wing, then the Madrilenian released a perfect drilling cross that found Xisco at the far post; the on-loan striker just had to push the ball in.

The game was quite open within the final fifteen minutes; Cartagena was searching for the equalizer and had two straight corners, then Depor released a counterattack that ended with Bruno Gama releasing a crossed shot that was saved by Reina, the rebound wasn’t found by Xisco (82’). In the next play Héctor Font attempted a volley from inside the area, but he missed the target.

Oltra refreshed his squad with the entries of Salomão and Bruno Gama for Valerón and Juan Dominguez. Cartagena pushed hardly within the final five minutes, with Collantes attempting with a wide shot (86’) and later with several set-pieces, in the last one Reina was searching for a header in a corner-kick, and in the counterattack Bruno Gama was close to score, but he committed a foul at midfield.

AFTER THE GAME
Suffered victory for a Deportivo that showed its class and strength to surpass the adversities as it was the better side despite playing with one less men for about twenty minutes. Cartagena showed its limitations, but also demonstrated that’s a team in an ascending line and that always battles until the final whistle. It was quite surprising to see the cracks at midfield, precisely the main factor that allowed Depor to claim the ball possession.

It’s the sixth straight victory for Deportivo in la liga; the Galicians remain as the leaders at Liga Adelante, the important thing is that Oltra’s side has opened a five-point gap with the third place. On next Saturday, Deportivo visits the Nuevo Colombino stadium in order to face RC Recreativo de Huelva (16h00 CET).

MATCH STATISTICS
Deportivo: (4-2-3-1) Aranzubia – Laure, Colotto, Ze Castro, Ayoze – Álex Bergantiños, Juan Domínguez (Borja 87’) – Bruno Gama, Valerón (Salomão 75’), Guardado – Riki (Xisco 68’)
FC Cartagena: (4-2-3-1) Reina – Txiki (Marc Fernández 62’), Chus Herrero, Abraham Paz, Manu Torres –Mariano Sánchez, Dimas – Collantes, Toni Moral (Josemi 46’), Lafuente – Raimondi (Héctor Font 78’)
Goals: 1-0: (22’) Riki, 1-1: (60’) Collantes, 2-1: (70’) Xisco
Referee: Daniel Ocón Arráiz  He showed yellow card to Txiki (31’), Josemi (46’), Mariano Sánchez (68’), Aranzubia (87’) and Reina (90+1’). Ayoze (17’) and Abraham Paz (37’) were sent off.
Venue: Riazor (26,000)
Other statistics: Ball possession (53% - 47%); Attempts to score (8 – 5); Total shots (16 - 19); Shots on target (10 - 5); Saves by the keepers (4 - 8); Corner-kicks  (7 - 6); Offsides (2 - 3); Fouls committed (4 - 15); Accuracy in the passes (81.69% - 86.48%)

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