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REVIEW: GIRONA FC 1 - DEPORTIVO 0 (LIGA)

01 Apr 2012
Grey game of a Deportivo that missed a winning spirit; the Galicians played the second half with ten men after Colotto was sent off. The Galicians also missed some luck after hitting the post twice; Oltra’s side remains as the leader at Segunda.

BEFORE THE GAME
No surprises at the lineup of Oltra as he presented the expected 4-2-3-1 formation; Aranzubia was staying at the goal; Laure performed at the right-back position, Morel played at the left side and the central defenders were Colotto and Ze Castro.

Borja Fernandez was joining Álex Bergantiños at midfield, Bruno Gama attacked from the right wing, Andrés Guardado did it from the left, Juan Carlos Valerón was the playmaker in the formation, while Riki returned into the starting formation being the central attacker.

At Girona FC; new coach Javier Salamero presented the expected 4-2-3-1 scheme; the only novelty was that Ferrán Corominas was the central attacker and not the right winger, position that was for Juan Luis Hens ´Juanlu´. To mention that there were around 600 fans of Depor at the Montilivi stadium, among them a small representation of RCDLC.com peña members.

FIRST HALF
Deportivo paid a high price for its miseries; it was having a comfortable game before a poor rival, but it never went out for the victory, and an isolate play at the end of the half marked the game as Girona scored the goal from the penalty spot leaving Oltra’s side with only ten men as Colotto was sent off.

It was a calmed start, with Depor slightly having the superiority in terms of the ball possession, but no clear scoring opportunities were created within the first twenty minutes. Depor was having plenty of space at midfield; Valerón and Álex were moving the ball at ease, but later they were finding a wall of defenders. Neither Bruno Gama nor Guardado had depth on the sides.

Meanwhile, Girona was relying on the counterattack, but they missed depth and precision, so the game became tedious. From time to time the Catalans were encouraged to take the initiative, with ex-Espanyol Corominas leading the efforts in attack, but the locals missed ideas to break Depor’s deadlock.

Depor’s first approximation came at minute 21, it was a play on the right wing that ended with Bruno Gama firing a drilling shot from inside the area, but his attempt was blocked by a rival. Two minutes later Ze Castro was heading out a corner-kick of Guardado.

Then Girona had one of the best chances in the half, it was a high and surprising cross that left Corominas alone before Aranzubia, but the strong shot of the attacker from the edge of the six-yard box was cleared by Depor’s goalie (26’).

Three minutes later a combinative play between Bruno Gama, Riki and Valerón allowed El Flaco to attempt a shot from the edge of the area, but the Canarian playmaker missed the target. Then Riki had the best chance in the half for the Galicians; it was a direct free-kick in which he hit the crossbar after a deflection of local goalie Dani Mallo (33’)

Girona responded as it tried to have the initiative, but it only generated a couple of corner-kicks plus a shot of David Garcia that was stopped by Aranzubia (36’). It seemed that nothing was going to happen within the last ten minutes, but suddenly the locals found a lucky play falling from the sky that was going to be determinant.

A long throw coming from defense allowed Corominas to ran ten meters and face Aranzubia one-on-one; he eluded the keeper and tried to score from close range, but his shot was deflected by Colotto with his arm and referee Daniel Ocón Arráiz whistled the penalty, then the Argentine was sent off.

Alejandro Castro Fernández ´Jandro’ assumed the responsibility and scored his seventh goal on the season from the penalty spot. Suddenly, Depor was uphill, forced to achieve a third comeback before Girona on the present season, but this time playing away from the Riazor and only with ten men on the pitch for the full second part.

SECOND HALF
There was a reaction at Depor, mainly at the beginning of the half, but Depor’s attackers were still too thick; Oltra even ended the game with three strikers on the pitch –Xisco, Riki and Lassad- but Deportivo ended scoreless for the seventh time on the season.

Oltra didn’t make any change despite the absence of Colotto; he just delayed the position of Álex Bergantiños, who joined Ze Castro at the centre of the defense, so the scheme was a 4-1-3-1. The true is that the game turned to be more open and in the first five minutes there were more scoring opportunities than in the whole first part.

Guardado began the half with a strong shot from the left wing that was repealed by Dani Mallo (46’), two minutes later Álex attempted from the edge of the area and again the ex-Depor goalie made the save. In the middle of both plays Corominas led a counterattack in which he couldn’t resolve a one-on-one play before Aranzubia.

At minute 56, Moha attempted from the edge of the area, but Aranzubia made the save. Depor was still dominating the actions, but it lost the impulse of the first minutes; just a similar picture of what was sawn in previous away defeats before FC Cartagena, CD Alcoyano and CE Sabadell. For this reason Oltra decided to replace a disappeared Valerón with Xisco. The modification didn’t change the game of the team, it just caused more chaos at midfield as no one was trying to direct the traffic of the ball.

The polemic came at minute 65; Bruno Gama was fouled inside the area when he was searching for the opposite area, but referee Ocón Arráiz just whistled a free-kick at the edge of the area, one minute later Xisco attempted with a drilling shot from the long-range, but he missed the target.

At minute 64, Jandro had a new chance through set-pieces, this time a dangerous free-kick, but he missed the target; then Depor started to push in attack and the equalizer seemed closer, starting with the drilling shot of Riki from the edge of the area that hit the far post of <>Dani Mallo (66’).

Then Oltra ordered the second modification as Salomão replaced Bruno Gama, but the modification didn’t bring freshness and the true is that, within the final fifteen minutes, the locals seemed closer to score the second goal than Depor of scoring the equalizer.

At minute 75, Corominas released a strong shot from the edge of the area, and Aranzubia made a great save. In the next play the locals asked for a penalty after Laure handled the ball inside the area, but the referee didn’t’ whistle anything. Four minutes later the same Corominas sent the ball over the crossbar after a previous deflection of Aranzubia before the attempt of Jandro.

But within the final ten minutes Depor gave the sense that it was able to reach the equalizer; firstly as Girona was left with ten men after substitute Oscar Diaz was sent off due to two silly infractions. He replaced Juanlu at minute 72 and ten minutes later he was already off. Then, a desperate Oltra sent Lassad to replace Morel. It was a 3-1-3-2 figure, with Guardado playing as an offensive left-back.

For the first time on the season the trio of attackers at Depor –Riki, Xisco and Lassad- were at the same time on the pitch, and a combination among them almost ended with the equalizer; Lassad drilled a pass searching for Xisco, and somehow the Majorcan managed to release a crossed shot that was going in, but Dani Mallo reacted and pulled the ball out (86’). There was no time for more.

AFTER THE GAME
Seventh defeat on the liga season and seventh time in which Depor ends scoreless; the Galician team was a ghost in the first part and allowed a late goal through a penalty that also meant  the expulsion of Colotto. Oltra’s side improved in the second part, but still was a tick team up front. No matter what, Depor could have easily won the game as the referee didn’t want to whistle a penalty for Depor while Riki hit the post twice. Oltra even ended the game playing with three strikers performing at the same time.

Despite the loss, Depor still leading Liga Adelante, just waiting to see the results of the direct rivals for the promotion. On next Sunday Deportivo will host Real Murcia at the Riazor (12h00 CET). Colotto is suspended for that game as he was sent off.

MATCH STATISTICS
Girona: (4-2-3-1) Dani Mallo – José Martinez, Tortolero, Migue, David García – Dorca, Ballini (Tébar 58’) – Juanlu (Oscar Diaz 72’), Jandro, Moha (Dani Nieto 63’) - Corominas
Deportivo: (4-2-3-1) Aranzubia – Laure, Colotto, Ze Castro, Morel (Lassad 85’) – Álex Bergantiños, Borja – Bruno Gama (Salomão 74’), Valerón (Xisco 60’), Guardado – Riki.
Goal: 1-0: (45’) Jandro (penalty)
Referee:Daniel Ocón Arráiz. He showed yellow card to Guardado (45’), Ballini (53’),Migue (64’), José Martinez (84’) and Laure (90+1’). Colotto (45’) and Oscar Diaz were sent off (83’)
Venue: Montilivi (8,500)
Other statistics: Ball possession (41% - 59%); Attempts to score (9 – 7); Total shots (14 - 17); Shots on target (7 - 5); Saves by the keepers (4 - 5); Corner-kicks  (6 - 7); Offsides (2 - 2); Fouls committed (10 - 10); Accuracy in the passes (76.11% - 81.09%)

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