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REVIEW: CD NUMANCIA 0 – DEPORTIVO 3 (LIGA)

13 May 2012
Placid victory for a Deportivo that marches towards Primera División; Oltra’s team had doubts at the beginning of the meeting, but later scored twice in a matter of three minutes and then it never faced problems before a demotivated rival.

BEFORE THE GAME
Both coaches presented the expected formation for the game; Oltra sent the normal 4-2-3-1 figure, with German Lux defending the goal, Laureano Sanabria ‘Laure’ was performing at the right-back position, Ayoze Diaz played on the left, while the central spots at defense were for Diego Colotto and Ze Castro.

At midfield, Juan Dominguez and Álex Bergantiños were trying to direct the traffic of the ball, Juan Carlos Valerón was the playmaker in the scheme, Bruno Gama attacked from the right side, Andrés Guardado did it from the left, while Lassad Nouioui was the central attacker.

Pablo Machin was also presenting a 4-2-3-1 formation; Natalio Lorenzo was the central attacker, while Miguel Bedoya and Congolese Cedric Mabwati were attacking from the sides, without forgetting Venezuelan Julio Álvarez, who was the playmaker in the scheme and the most dangerous man for the locals. Numancia reported that 1,500 Depor’s fans were at the stands, though in A Coruña it was commented that at least 2,000 persons made the trip to Soria. They were distributed between the four corners of the stadium.

FIRST HALF
The shadow of past away games was surrounding Los Pajaritos; Numancia had the ball possession within the first ten minutes and Depor was asleep, but Los Blanquiazules -wearing the black kit in this opportunity- pleased the Galician fans at the stadium with two consecutive goals that changed the course of the game.

The first approximation in the match was for Numancia; Julio Álvarez threw a free-kick at the right side and he put the ball at the far post, Natalio headed the ball on target, but it was too easy for Lux.  The locals dominated the actions within the first ten minutes, having the ball possession and pushing forward. Besides, the defensive line of Depor looked nervous and they conceded two corner-kicks in actions in which they should have cleared the danger.

Numancia also enjoyed of the first scoring opportunity in the clash, it was a great play of Julio Álvarez on the left wing that ended with a precise cross that Nano headed wide (10’). Meanwhile, Depor was having big problems to step into the rival’s area.  There was no connection in attack as the wingers weren’t touching the ball and the midfielders were busier marking the rival.

But the leader of Segunda has always shined for been a team that doesn’t dominates the games, but that kills with its punch, and that’s what Oltra’s team did in a matter of three minutes as the Galician outfit just needed two opportunities to score twice.

Valerón participated in both goals; in the first the Canarian playmaker assisted Bruno Gama, who later released a precise cross from the right wing that Álex Bergantiños headed on target beautifully crossing local keeper Nacho Zabal.  It’s the third goal in liga for the Galician midfielder.

In the second Lassad stole the ball at the edge of the area, it went into the path of Valerón, who gently touched the ball to pass it back to Lassad, and the Tunisian scoring his 11th goal on the season releasing a great volley that entered by the far post of Zabal.

The goals killed the initial spirit of Numancia; the locals were still having the ball possession, but the side that was now feeling comfortable on the pitch was Deportivo, because the visitors were relying on the counterattack and Los Numantinos were having big problems to step into the rival’s area; actually they were unable to complete a shot on target in this half. In this sense the Galicians were closer to score the third goal than the locals of scoring the first. At minute 33’, Valerón assisted Guardado and the Mexican released a strong shot that was saved by Zabal and later Álex missed the target.

The best chance for Numancia in the half was a shot of Julio Álvarez from the edge of the area, though the ball went over the crossbar. Numancia pushed within the final five minutes, but Lux didn’t need to intervene.

SECOND HALF
Again it seemed that Numancia was going out searching for everything since the kick-off, and one more time Depor struck while the locals were reduced to ten men, in the remaining forty minutes Oltra’s team spent the time locked at the back, while Numancia was already dead, though the locals had a few opportunities in the final stretch of the match.

The second part started with Numancia completing its first shot on target in the game; it was a corner-kick action in which Domingo Nagore headed the ball on target; the attempt was searching for the crossbar, but Lux made the save.

It seemed that Numancia was looking for a reaction, but soon Deportivo defined the game with the third goal. It was a penalty that was whistled after Manuel Pavon blocked with the elbow a shot of Valerón. The central defender was sent off and Numancia was reduced to ten men as Andrés Guardado scored his 11th goal in liga from the penalty spot.

The game was over at this point, but Numancia showed some spirit, at minute 55 Cedric made a great play inside the area eluding three rival, including Lux, but his crossed shot just missed the far post by inches. Three minutes later Depor could have scored the fourth goal, this after Laure released a cross that was deflected by Nagore, but the ball hit the post and went to corner-kick.

Valerón was the best player in the game, not only for been involved in the three goals, but also because his passed were the guide that unclogged the game of the Galicians, which missed brilliance, thought it was pretty effective. The game was dead since the third goal; Numancia was playing with ten men and Depor was placidly waiting at its side of the pitch. Oltra used the last half an hour to bring minutes to his men; in this sense Pablo Álvarez replaced Guardado, then Riki did the same with Lassad, and finally Manuel Pablo entered for Valerón.

Oltra was still playing with a 4-2-3-1, but with several novelties; Manuel Pablo was the right-back, Laure the right winger, Bruno Gama switched to the left flank, Pablo Álvarez was the playmaker and Riki was the central attacker.

Depor was very relaxed for the final twenty minutes; and it was then when the locals had their best opportunities. First Bedoya tried to surprise Lux from outside the area, but the Argentine keeper stopped the ball (72’). Then, Los Rojillos had three attempts within the final ten minutes, first Julio Álvarez threw a free-kick from the left wing that hit the crossbar (82’).

Two minutes later, Bedoya missed the target from close range, and the final chance for Numancia was in the boots of substitute Víctor Andres, who missed the target with his crossed shot from inside the area.

AFTER THE GAME
Important victory for Deportivo; Oltra’s team just practiced a pretty style for a few minutes, but most importantly it showed its classy punch as the Galicians only needed five shots on target to score three goals. Neither Numancia gave too many problems as it was a demotivated team playing for nothing.

To emphasize that this is the victory number 25 for Deportivo on the liga season, which is a record at the club for one single tournament. RC Celta won its game at home against AD Alcorcón (3-0), which means that the promotion won’t be a mathematical fact at least until next weekend; for now Deportivo returns to the Riazor in order to play against UD Las Palmas (Wednesday, Riazor, 20h00 CET)

MATCH STATISTICS
CD Numancia: (4-2-3-1) Zabal - Unai, Pavón, Cabrera, Nano – Nagore, Sunny (Victor Andres 65’) – Cedrick (Nieto 71’), Julio Álvarez, Bedoya – Natalio (Diaz de Cerio 61’).
Deportivo: (4-2-3-1) Lux – Laure, Colotto, Ze Castro, Ayoze – Álex Bergantiños, Juan Domínguez – Bruno Gama, Valerón (Manuel Pablo 78’), Guardado (Pablo Álvarez 61’) – Lassad (Riki 73’).
Goals: 0-1: (15’) Álex Bergantiños, 0-2: (18’) Lassad, 0-3: (51’) Guardado (penalty)
Referee: Dámaso Arcediano Monescillo He showed yellow card to Colotto (21’), Sunny (29’), Julio Álvarez (45+1’) and Nano (60’). Pavón was sent off (50’)
Venue: Los Pajaritos (5,336)
Other statistics: Ball possession (51% - 49%); Attempts to score (4 – 6); Total shots (15 - 8); Shots on target (3 - 5); Saves by the keepers (2 - 3); Corner-kicks  (6 - 3); Offsides (1 - 3); Fouls committed (14 - 13); Accuracy in the passes (77.42% - 83.90%)

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