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REVIEW: DEPORTIVO 2 – BARCELONA B 1 (LIGA)

19 Feb 2012
New suffered game for Depor, but Oltra’s side keeps adding and now chains nine straight wins to keep leading the Segunda tournament. Great effort in the second part as the Galicians prevailed with its punch before the impudence of the rival.

BEFORE THE GAME
Oltra had a problem at Saturday’s noon as Lassad was ruled out of the clash with a last-minute thigh problem, so right winger Saul Fernandez was picked in order to fill the gap; therefore the Valencian coach was once again reduced to face a liga meeting with only one striker. In any case Oltra presented the expected 4-2-3-1 starting team.

Aranzubia was at the goal, Laure performed at the right-back position, Morel was at the left, while the central defenders were Colotto and Ze Castro. At midfield, Álex Bergantiños and Juan Dominguez were the pivotes, Bruno Gama attacked from the right wing, Guardado did it from the left, Valerón was the playmaker and Riki was the central attacker.

At Barca B, coach Eusebio Sacristán was presenting the expected 4-3-3 figure, with the only novelty of Cristian Lobato covering the right-back position; Jonathan Dos Santos, Rafinha, Deulofeu, Femenía and Rodri were the main threats in attack. Riazor witnessed the second best attendance of the season, just behind the sell-out of the derby, something that was possible thanks to the great form of the team and also to the fact that the carnival was celebrated on Saturday across Spain.

FIRST HALF
The game was a real long distance race; with both sides running a lot and releasing quick attacks that converted the match into the most entertaining spectacle saw at the Riazor o this season. Once again a B squad gave a lot of problems to Deportivo as it claimed the ball possession, but Oltra’s side was expecting for this and planned a first part in which the key was to hold on and release counterattacks, though only a few opportunities were created.

The start of the game was intense, with both sides battling in order to have the ball possession and release quick attacks; despite the efforts at both sides only a few clear attempts were saw within the first half an hour. With the pass of the minutes the visitors claimed the control over the actions; they had the ball and move it across the pitch, while Depor was locked at the back waiting to strike through a counterattack.

Depor’s first approximation in the game came after a counterattack in which Riki fell down inside the area, later Juan Dominguez couldn’t drill the ball as visiting goalie Oier Paredes cleared the danger to corner-kick (11’). In the next play Valerón released a cross from the left that didn’t find any receiver at the six-yard box, and then the ball was cleared by the defense.

At minute 19, Álex headed a corner-kick of Guardado, but he missed the target. Two minutes later a solo-play of Deulofeu on the right ended with a crossed shot that hit the far post, Riki responded with a quick play in which he attempted from the edge of the area, but his drilling shot missed the target.

It was clear that the game was wide open, Barca B was having the ball and the long runs of Dos Santos, Rafinha and Deulofeu were giving a lot of problems to the defense; the trio was constantly surpassing the mark of Álex, so Ze Castro and Colotto were forced to go out and cut their attacks; Morel and Laure didn’t join the attacking efforts as they did in recent matches.

But still Depor was looking dangerous, because it was pretty easy to reach the opposite area as soon as Juan Dominguez and Valerón were finding enough space to unleash Guardado and Riki, the main threats in the first part.

At minute 27, Deulofeu made a new great play, this time on the left side, leaving Laure and Ze Castro behind to release a shot that that was stopped by Aranzubia (27’); Depor responded with a new counterattack that ended with Bruno Gama finding the ball inside the area and alone before the goal, but he sent it over the crossbar.

Barca B was close to score at minute 35, it was during a free-kick at the left side; defender Armando found the ball inside the area and attempted to shot from the six-yard-box, but Colotto blocked the attempt.

The first half ended with two chances for Andres Guardado, in the first he was close to collect a good cross of Bruno Gama, but a defender cleared the ball first (41’), and in the last approximation of the half the Mexican attempted a drilling shot from the edge of the area that was too easy for Oier.

SECOND HALF
The dominion of Barca B continued in the second part, but Depor gave a master class of how to play without having the ball, it stroke at the precise moment and defended the advantage until the final whistle. The rival missed experience, but still it left a positive impression at the Riazor.

The second part started in the same point where the first ended: Barca B was having the ball possession, while Depor was facing a lot of troubles trying to search for the opposite goal; the Galicians were only leaving their side of the pitch when the rival was distracted, an example the play in which Riki found the ball at the edge of the area to attempt a long-distance shot that was stopped by Oier (50’)

And suddenly Depor found the first goal; it was a collective play between Juan Dominguez, Valerón and Guardado that ended with Laure releasing a precise and drilling cross from the right side of the area, the ball went into the path of Bruno Gama, who was patient enough to hold on and score the goal from close range. It’s his second in liga.

The goal just opened the game even more; Barcelona B was still releasing quick and dangerous attacks that threatened the defensive line, but central defenders Ze Castro and Colotto were stopping everything. Depor also searched for the second goal through quick attacks, in one of them Bruno Gama made a great play to leave behind two rivals, but couldn’t beat Oier.

Riki had the next chance with a shot that was cleared by Oier, and then the Madrilenian was going to make the best play of the game, an action that deserved the second goal. It was a marvelous play in which Valerón assisted the Madrilenian at the right wing, then he entered into the area surpassing two rivals to end releasing a curved shot past Oier. The spectacular move meant his ninth goal on the season, his highest mark since joining Depor in 2006.

The second goal brought desperation to the young visitors, because they were having the ball, but at the same time were losing by two. It was the best moment of Deportivo in the game; the locals found enough space to release its counterattacks and the third goal seemed a matter of time. Salomão replaced Bruno Gama and was close to score with a powerful shot that hit the crossbar, the loose ball was found by Álex, but his header missed the target (71’).

And just then the hurricane of Barcelona B started, it lasted ten minutes; the visitors got a second air and pushed in attack. At minute 73 Sergi Roberto attempted with a shot that went over the crossbar, two minutes later Rodri found the ball at the edge of the area, but his attempt was stopped by Aranzubia, then Dos Santos hit the post with a drilling shot.

Oltra saw that Deportivo was getting out of gas and ordered the entry of Borja Fernandez for Valerón, but it didn’t stop Barcelona of getting its deserved goal. It was a set-piece in which Dos Santos hit the crossbar again, Aranzubia was surprised as he thought the ball was going out, but he reacted quickly to block the shot of Rodri, though couldn’t do anything before the short-range attempt of captain Armando Lozano.

Again the public of the Riazor suffered within the last ten minutes, but it was more for the narrow advantage than by the actions of the visitors, because the true is that Depor was closer to score the third through the crossed shot of Salomão that missed the target, the drilling attempt of Guardado that was stopped by Oier, or the shot of Riki that was also blocked by the visiting goalie.

The last modification of Oltra was the entry of Pablo Álvarez for Guardado, to mention that the Catalan youngsters ended desperate and upset with the job of referee Mario Melero López, who didn’t whistle several fouls for both sides, and even showed a yellow card to Valerón for an infraction committed by Colotto. Barca B ended the game with ten men after Jonathan Dos Santos was sent off with two yellow cards after a foul over his compatriot Guardado.

AFTER THE GAME
Oltra said on Friday that he was expecting a different game to the one had before Villarreal B, but in the end it was the same show; with the rival hitting the post in three opportunities and with Deportivo seizing its opportunities to claim a narrow win. The Galician team improved in the second part and left a positive impression, definitely this is the right path to Primera.

This is the third time in which a Segunda team signs nine straight wins in the tournament; the previous two were Racing Santander (1949/50) and Merida (1996/97) and both clinched the promotion. Now Depor will try to extend its legend as it visits CE Sabadell on next Saturday (18h00 CET).

MATCH STATISTICS
Deportivo: (4-2-3-1) Aranzubia – Laure, Colotto, Ze Castro, Morel – Álex Bergantiños, Juan Domínguez – Bruno Gama (Salomão 65’), Valerón (Borja 76’), Guardado (Pablo Álvarez 88’) – Riki.
Barcelona B: (4-3-3) Oier – Lobato (Dongou 87’), Armando, Sergi Gómez, Planas – Dos Santos, Sergi Roberto, Rafinha - Deulofeu, Femenía (Espinosa 60’), Rodri.
Goals: 1-0: (51’) Bruno Gama, 2-0: (63’) Riki, 2-1: (82’) Armando
Referee: Mario Melero López. He showed yellow card to Femenía (31’), Valerón (65’), Ze Castro (81’), Armando (85’), Salomão (88’) and Riki (90+1’). Dos Santos was sent off (85’)
Venue: Riazor (30,000)

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