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REVIEW: DEPORTIVO 2 – ALCORCÓN 1 (LIGA)

03 Mar 2012
New narrow win for Deportivo; Oltra’s team was the superior side in the match, but the warrior spirit of Alcorcón put Depor in troubles for the final minutes. In the end the ninth straight win at home and Depor remains as the leader of Segunda.

BEFORE THE GAME
No surprises at the stating formation of Oltra, Aranzubia was defending the goal, Laure covered the right-back position, Claudio Morel was performing at the left side, while the central positions at defense were for Ze Castro and Diego Colotto.

Juan Dominguez and Álex Bergantiños was the Galician couple performing at midfield, Bruno Gama attacked from the right wing, Diogo Salomão was the only novelty compared to the past game at Sabadell; he was performing on the left wing, Valerón was the playmaker and Riki the central attacker.

Neither coach Juan Antonio Anquela was presenting any surprise at Alcorcón’s starting formation; actually it was the same starting eleven that faced FC Cartagena on the past weekend; Francisco Borja Pérez and Joaquín Álvarez ‘Quini’ were the references upfront.

FIRST HALF
It was a strange first part, strange because it was moved, with both sides trying to attack and releasing quick attacks, but at the same time both sides lacked scoring opportunities within the first half an hour. It was until the final minutes that Depor defined the game with two plays after stealing the ball at midfield

The first minutes were calmed, Depor was trying to have the ball possession and release quick attacks, while Alcorcón was also trying to push up front, though there were no scoring opportunities within the first twenty minutes. The first approximation in the game was for the visitors, it was a long-range attempt of Ángel Sánchez that hit Quini and then the ball went out (8’).

Alcorcón was presenting a brave approach: it was locked at the back when Depor was having the ball, but as soon the Madrilenians regained it then they launched quick counterattacks, which transformed the game into an interesting exchange of blows. But both sides were missing aim with the last pass, for this reason the first goal attempt came until minute 20.

It was a cross of Morel that went into the penalty spot, Bruno Gama missed to connect the ball, but Juan Dominguez came from behind to attempt to score from close range, in the end he smashed the ball into the body of visiting goalie Manu Herrera. Alcorcón responded with a free-kick of defender Babin that Aranzubia cleared to corner-kick (22’).

With the pass of the minutes Depor was having problems before the pressure of Alcorcón, the Madrilenians were looking solid at the back and accurate at midfield, though later the visitors were missing the needed quality in attack to create scoring opportunities.

Meanwhile, Depor was having the ball possession, but it was missing freshness in order to reach the opposite area, as example the only danger that it created at the middle of the first part was a long-range attempt of Riki that missed the target (32’).

It was until the final stretch of the half that Depor found the way to resolve the game;  Oltra’s team struck twice and both were players that started with a quick play after stealing the ball at midfield; in the first Morel made the ran on the left wing and then assisted Salomão, who drilled a perfect cross into the area, just into the path of Valerón, who gently put the ball at the back of the net from close range. It is his third goal in liga.

And just before the break Deportivo scored the second; this time the goal came by the right flank, again after a quick recovery, the ball was passed to Riki, who drilled a perfect pass to Bruno Gama, and the Portuguese winger scored the goal from the six-yard-box. Depor was giving a lesson of how to resolve a game in just five minutes. It was having doubts at the middle of the half and ended with a comfortable two-goal lead.

SECOND HALF
Again the game continued to be weird; Depor was looking strong at the beginning and deserved to extend the lead in the scoresheet, but once again it fell asleep in the last stretch and Alcorcón seized the situation to score its goal. Once again the fans at the Riazor suffered within the last seven minutes, but the points stayed at home.

The second part was similar to the first, at least the first minutes; Depor was having the ball possession and Salomão and Bruno Gama were moving the ball with accuracy at both wings, but Alcorcón never surrendered and was still pushing at up front, actually the first chance in the half was for the visitors as Babin headed a free-kick coming from the right but Aranzubia was there to make the save (48’).

But with the pass of the minutes Deportivo grew up and it totally dominated the actions, the key was to protect the ball until finding the cracks to drill the ball into the wings, and then to search for a cross. In this way it came the first clear attempt for Depor in this game; it was a pass to Juan Dominguez, who fired a rocket from the edge of the area, but his attempt just passed close to the near post of Manu Herrera (58’).

What happened was that Alcorcón was no longer putting pressure to Juan Dominguez and Valerón, therefore the Galicians were finding more room at the centre of the pitch and it improved its rating pass –passing the 80%- But the virtue of Alcorcon is that it never gave up, Anquela made a modification as Oriol Riera entered into the pitch, he refreshed the attacking line and had the best chances for his team,  one of them was a cross from the right that he couldn’t resolve at the six-yard box (67’).

Depor responded to that play with a header of Valerón after a corner-kick coming from the right, but the ball went over the crossbar (68’). Then Oltra ordered the first substitution for the locals as Xisco replaced Riki. The Madrilenian didn’t have any clear chance in the game, but neither the Majorcan, who barely appeared during the minutes he spent over the grass.

At minute 75, Bruno Gama released a drilling shot from the edge of the area, but Manu Herrera was there to stop the ball. The pace of the game was reduced within the last fifteen minutes; Depor was asleep and preferred to spend the time moving the ball around.Saul was the second modification replacing Bruno Gama and Depor disappeared from the game.

It was then that Alcorcón scored its goal; it was a distraction at the back as Abraham González, one of the replacements in the second part, released a perfect volley into the area that was collected by Ex-Celta Oriol Riera, who scored the goal with a crossed shot past Aranzubia.

Seven minutes were remaining and Deportivo was once again suffering after having a comfortable advantage, still Alcorcón didn’t have any clear chance and actually Depor had the best opportunity within the final five minutes, a shot of Álex Bergantiños from the edge of the area that missed the target (85’).

AFTER THE GAME
It was expected to be a hard match for Deportivo, and it can’t be said that the game didn’t fulfill the forecast, but the true is that Oltra’s team clinched a comfortable lead before the break, an advantage that t could have been extended at the beginning of the second part, though later the team fell down and Alcorcón seized an error to leave the Riazor only with a narrow win, but still the points stayed at home and Depor extended its home winning streak to nine games.

Depor also broke the all-time record of points at Segunda after 27 matchdays (57). Real Valladolid (56) had the previous record (2006/07). The Galicians remain as the leaders at Liga Adelante and are now waiting for the results on the weekend. On next Saturday Deportivo visits CD Guadalajara at the Pedro Escartin stadium (18h00 CET).

GAME STATISTICS
Deportivo: (4-2-3-1) Aranzubia – Laure, Colotto, Ze Castro, Morel – Álex Bergantiños, Juan Domínguez – Bruno Gama (Saúl 79’), Valerón (Borja 84’), Salomão – Riki (Xisco 71’).
Alcorcón: (4-4-2) Manu Herrera - Expósito, Agus, Babin, Ángel Sánchez – Sales (Carlos Martinez 73’), Mora, Rubén Sanz (Abraham 79’), Montañés – Borja (Oriol Riera 60’), Quini
Goals: 1-0: (38’) Valerón, 2-0: (41’) Bruno Gama, 2-1: (82’) Oriol Riera
Referee: Iñaki Bikandi Garrido. No cards were shown.
Venue: Riazor (27,000)
Other statistics: Ball possession (51% - 49%); Attempts to score (6 – 5); Total shots (12 - 11); Shots on target (4 - 4); Saves by the keepers (3 - 2); Corner-kicks  (5 - 3); Offsides (2 - 3); Fouls committed (9 - 17); Accuracy in the passes (81.63% - 79.28%)

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