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18 Mar 2012
Placid victory for Deportivo at the Riazor; the Galicians just needed 45 minutes to resolve the game; the score could have been bigger, but Oltra’s players missed some clear opportunities. Still, good game of Depor, the solid leader at Segunda.

The latest physical problems at Depor continued as Borja Fernandez was suffering from gastroenteritis; he wasn’t ruled out of the game at the beginning, but Oltra decided to pick Manuel Pablo just in case. In the end the Galician midfielder was sat on the bench. The novelty was that Xisco was a starter for the first time on the liga season.

The 4-2-3-1 figure had Dani Aranzubia at the goal, Laure played at the right-back position, Morel was on the left, while the central positions at defense were for Aythami and Colotto. The two pivotes were Álex Bergantiños and Juan Dominguez. The right wing was for Bruno Gama, the left flank was for Guardado, the playmaker in the scheme was Valerón and Xisco was the central attacker.

At Alcoyano; as he announced coach David Porras was making some changes to the 4-4-2 formation; the surprise was that winger Manuel Gato was off, instead Álvaro Garcia was attacking from the right wing. The other references in attack were Brazilian Wellington, plus attackers David Torres and Rafa Gómez.

Depor's players jumped to the pitch wearing a shirt supporting Jesús Vázquez; the legend said: "Estamos Contigo Jesús" [We are with you Jesús]. The Galician centre midfielder broke his left fibula during the week and is out for the rest of the season.

Great first half of a Deportivo that not only deserved the lead, but to have a bigger advantage in the scoresheet. The Galicians had depth at both wings, while Xisco sought for the goal having several chances. It was a fluid half as the ball was quickly passing through midfield.

Depor had the first scoring opportunity in the game; it was a double crossing attempt of Bruno Gama that ended with Xisco trying a scissor-kick from the six-yard-box, but visiting goalie Francisco Dorronsoro made the save sending the ball to corner-kick (2’).

Oltra’s team was looking fresh, combining its passing game with quick plays that were giving a lot of problems to Alcoyano; at minute 8 Xisco appeared for the second time collecting a cross of Laure coming from the right wing, but the Majorcan’s downward header missed the target.

The game was fluid, mainly as both teams barely committed fouls (only 16 in this half); besides both sides tried to release quick attacks with the ball barely passing through midfield, enough reasons to witness an entertaining game, at least the first part.

Alcoyano was locked at its side of the pitch, but also tried to attack regaining the ball putting three players marking Valerón and Juan Dominguez. Still, their first chance in the game came through a free-kick; it was after a foul of Morel at the edge of the area; defender Morcillo threw the set-piece and Aranzubia cleared the danger with the fists (14’).

And Depor scored the first goal just two minutes later; Valerón collected the ball at midfield territory, then he quickly released a perfect volley that left the road empty to see Andrés Guardado running towards Dorronsoro to beat him with a drilling shot that entered by the near post.  The Mexican dedicated his ninth goal in liga to Jesús Vázquez. The  Mexican scored his first goal in two months, his previous one was before Xérez CD.

The goal brought confidence to a Deportivo that found enough room at the wings with both Bruno Gama and Guardado  looking pretty active; Alcoyano was reaching the opposite area from time to time, just like the long pass searching for Rafa Gómez that was cleared by Aranzubia (24’).

Xisco was also pretty active in the game and before the half-hour mark he already had three attempts to score, the third was a header after a free-kick of Guardado, but his attempt was too easy for Dorronsoro (26’).

And the second goal didn’t last too much; it came after a combination between Álex Bergantiños and Laure, the ball went into the path of Guardado, but also of right-back Devesa,  who couldn’t clear the ball and then the Mexican had all the time of the world to release a short cross past Dorronsoro, and then Juan Dominguez just had to push the ball in from the six-yard-box. It’s his third goal in liga

For the final fifteen minutes Depor could have extended the lead as it was dominating a flat rival; still the Valencians had a clear chance at minute 35 as defender Aloisio found the ball inside the area after a corner-kick, but his attempt was deflected by Aranzubia (35’)

One minute later Bruno Gama missed a great chance; it was a perfect counterattack that ended with Valerón releasing a cross from the left; the Portuguese winger was alone at the six-yard-box, but he sent the ball over the crossbar. Two minutes later Juan Dominguez missed the target from the edge of the area.

The final part didn’t have the same spark of the first, but Depor never faced any problem before a weak rival that barely disturbed Aranzubia. Oltra’s side was again having enough scoring opportunities to achieve a big score, but the third goal came until the final minute.

Alcoyano tried to push for a reaction at the start of the game, while Depor was more passive and was just attacking from time to time. Still, the first chance in the half was again for Xisco; the Majorcan collected a long pass of Valerón, but his final attempt from the edge of the area was stopped by Dorronsoro (48’).

The fifth chance in the game for Xisco came at minute 51, it was a new cross of Guardado that the striker inside the area, but his attempt went wide.  The first arrival of Alcoyano in the half was a short-range attempt of Rafa Gómez that was an easy catch for Aranzubia (56’). However, it was the last chance for Alcoyano in the game; a clear sign of the problems lived by the relegation-troubled outfit.

Depor was looking asleep, but still it was the most dangerous side on the pitch. There was a disallowed goal to Álex Bergantiños due to an offside. A Fair call as the centre midfielder headed the ball into the net from close range.

At minute 59, Bruno Gama missed a new great chance to score the third; this time he collected a long pass of Xisco that left him alone before Dorronsoro, but his drilling shot just went close to the far post. Two minutes later the Portuguese winger missed again after his shot from edge of the area went wide.

Then Oltra ordered the first substitution and Lassad Nouioui replaced Xisco. Alcoyano, at the other side, put both Honduran ’Choco’ Lozano and winger Manuel Gato on the pitch, but they were never decisive factors. The second  modification at Depor change was the entry of Saul Fernandez for Bruno Gama.

Xisco and Bruno Gama had plenty of chances to score goals, but they missed more aim. Still, it must be commented that both men were among the most dangerous players at Depor; actually combined they completed 11 of the 19 shots of the team (58% of the total). The player loaned from Newcastle United returned home empty-handed, but he fought hard throughout the clash having nine goal attempts.

The true is that the last twenty minutes were tasteless, both sides missed to create clear scoring opportunities and it was pretty clear that Deportivo wasn’t going to suffer as it happened in previous home meetings. The emotive moment within the final minutes was the exit of Valerón, who was replaced under a standing ovation. Curiously the man that entered into the pitch was Borja Fernandez, who was close to miss the clash due to gastroenteritis.

And there was time for a third goal; Juan Dominguez made a perfect assists leaving the ball to Lassad Nouioui, who entered the area in style, leaving behind three rivals and making a heel pass to end crossing Dorronsoro with a drilling attempt. It was his eighth goal in liga, which was also dedicated to Jesús Vázquez

This time Deportivo didn’t suffer; Alcoyano was an inoffensive rival that did nothing to scare a Depor that only needed 45 minutes to certify the three points. Xisco and Bruno Gama were pretty active, though they missed too many chances. The passes of Valerón and Juan Dominguez were decisive, while Guardado scored his first goal in two months and showed again a great level.

The good thing is that RC Celta lost its game at Las Palmas (1-3), which means that Oltra’s team extend its lead to five points over the second place. On next Sunday, Depor hosts Córdoba CF at the Riazor (20h30 CET); which is the second direct confrontation in the second round; for that game Colotto is suspended after picking a fifth yellow card on this clash.

Deportivo: (4-2-3-1) Aranzubia – Laure, Aythami, Colotto, Morel – Álex Bergantiños, Juan Domínguez – Bruno Gama (Saúl 75’), Valerón (Borja Fernández 86’), Guardado – Xisco (Lassad 65’).
Alcoyano: (4-4-2) Dorronsoro - Devesa, Aloisio, Morcillo, Carrión – Álvaro Garcia, Xavi Molina, Fran Miranda (Roldán 78’), Wellington – David Torres (Lozano 63’),  Rafa Gómez (Gato 67’).
Goals: 1-0: (16’) Guardado, 2-0: (27’) Juan Dominguez, 3-0 (88’) Lassad
Referee: Eduardo Prieto Garcia. He showed yellow card to Xavi Molina (5’), Fran Miranda (30’), Aythami (46’) and, Colotto (73’)
Venue: Riazor (28,000)
Other statistics: Ball possession (54% - 46%); Attempts to score (12 – 3); Total shots (19 - 10); Shots on target (7 - 2); Saves by the keepers (2 - 4); Corner-kicks  (5 - 4); Offsides (2 - 5); Fouls committed (13 - 14); Accuracy in the passes (90.29% - 77.93%)




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