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REVIEW: GRANADA 1 – DEPORTIVO 1 (LIGA)

17 Sep 2012
Depor remain undefeated, but missed the opportunity to pick up the three points after allowing a goal at the last stretch of the clash. Oltra’s team had enough chances to secure the three points; the defensive modifications changed the picture.

BEFORE THE GAME
Oltra made the first change at the starting formation during this season as Javier Camuñas was part of the starting eleven claiming the spot of Juan Carlos Valerón. Still, the draw was a 4-2-3-1 figure, with Dani Aranzubia at the goal, Manuel Pablo was performing at the right side of the defense, while Evaldo covered the left sector.

Aythami Artiles was the chosen one in order to perform alongside Marchena at the centre of the defense, Abel Aguilar and Juan Dominguez were the two central midfielders; Bruno Gama attacked from the right wing, Pizzi did it from the left, Camuñas was the playmaker and Riki the central attacker.

At Granada, coach Juan Antonio Anquela chose to play with French Allan Nyom at the right-back position; the rest was the expected 4-2-3-1 formation, with Gabriel TorjeYoussef El ArabiFabian Orellana and Floro Flores as the references in attack. Many people were concern of the heat at the moment of the game; the temperature was 35 degree centigrade and it affected the pace of the clash.

FIRST HALF
Boring game at Los Cármenes, especially in the first part; Depor was too cautions and missed presence on the wings, while Granada had the ball possession, but it missed aim. Riki sustained a nose injury and was replaced by Nélson Oliveira, who was going to score the goal in a big error of the local’s defense.

The first moments of the game were calmed; both teams were trying to move the ball fast, but missed depth and effectiveness. Depor had the first approximation after a cross of Evaldo; the ball went into the path of Riki, but the striker sent the ball over the crossbar (3’).

Granada was trying to move the ball through the wings and especially focusing on the side of Evaldo, but the Brazilian was completing a decent game; at the same time the Andalusians were missing precision with their passes reason why they didn’t complete any shot on target within the first forty minutes. Deportivo, meanwhile, were having problems to hold on the ball at midfield and with the pass of the minutes Oltra’s team disappeared in attack.

The first attempt  for the locals came until minute 16 and it was a crossed and drilling shot of Nyom that missed the target. Three minutes later Flore Flores collected a cross of side defender Siqueira coming from the left, but the Italian attacker sent the ball out.

At minute 27, Pizzi collected a corner-kick when he was standing at the edge of the area, but he sent the ball wide. Both Pizzi and Bruno Gama were disappeared at the wings, therefore Depor were living of the long throws searching for Riki, who seemed pretty active at the beginning of the game.

But the Madrilenian had to be replaced after a head collision with centre back Mainz; Nélson Oliveira replaced him. At minute 37 Pizzi connected a long pass at the right side of the area, but his final shot was too easy for local keeper Antonio Rodriguez ´Toño’.

And Oliveira scored just three minutes after entering into the pitch. It was a big error of the defense as Diego Mainz, who was playing his first match as a starter, tried to pass the ball back to Toño, but he didn’t see Oliveira coming from behind and he scored the goal from close range after a first attempt blocked by the local keeper. It’s the second goal on the season for the Portuguese attacker.

Granada tried to react within the final five minutes and pushed up front; it was able to complete its first shot on target in the game; it was a drilling attempt of Romanian Gabriel Torje, but Aranzubiawas there to block the shot.

SECOND HALF
The final part left a bittersweet taste for Deportivo; the Galicians had three opportunities to increase the lead, including a ‘ghost goal’ of Oliveira that should have counted. Later Oltra made defensive modifications and Granada seized one of its two shots on target to conquer a draw that should not be enough for both sides.

Anquela made a substitution at the start of the half; it was the entry of Yacine Brahimi for a disappeared Youssef El-Arabi, which brought more fluency on the sides. Granada started strongly and pushing in attack, but it was Depor the side that had the first scoring opportunity; Again it was Oliveira, who collected a pass of Camuñas to end hitting the crossbar with a shot from inside the area (47’). The ball hit the ground beyond the goal line and the goal should have counted, but it was a tough call for the referee.

Things were clear in this second part: Granada had the ball possession and tried to attack from all the flanks, while Depor was relying on the counterattack in order to secure the victory. The important thing was that both sides had more accuracy with the passes, reason why the match was more entertaining.

At minute 53’, Torje sent the ball out after a cross of Mikel Rico, though he was offside. Then Oltra made the second modification and Álex Bergantiños replaced Camuñas. The winger loaned from Villarreal didn’t have a good game and barely showed up. The substitution switched the draw into a 4-3-2-1, an attempt to hold on the ball at midfield, but the true is that he failed as the game continued to be fluid.

Siqueira was close to score at minute 62; the side defender attempted a shot from the edge of the area, the ball hit the ground and Aranzubia had problems to deflect the ball. Four minutes later Foro Flores missed the ball by inches after Orellana released a cross from the left.

At minute 71, Depor was close the score the second goal; Marchena cleared the ball from defense and Pizzi made a wonderful play eluding two rivals to end releasing a drilling attempt that hit the body of Toño and then it was cleared by a defender.

Oltra made the final substitution as Bruno Gama was replaced by Ayoze, a defensive modification trying to bring aids to Manuel Pablo and Evaldo at the sides, but Ayoze also appeared up front; at minute 74 he drilled a perfect pass to Oliveira and the strong shot of the striker was saved by Granada’s goalie.

The last two modifications were too defensive and the point was that it never improved the defensive performance of the team. The proof was the mess in the goal of Granada. Depor forgave too much and it paid the price as the locals scored the equalizer ten minutes before the final whistle.

It was a complicate play that ended with substitute Darwin Machis releasing a cross from the left that Flore Flores collected at the six-yard-box and the Italian scored the goal drilling the ball over the body of Aranzubia. There were seven Depor’s players inside the area and no one was able to clear the danger.

This is just the first goal allowed by Depor in the second half of an official game since the two goals allowed at Chapin visiting Xérez CD (2-3 loss, May 20). Granada even had the opportunity to win the game at the last minute after substitute Jaime Romero sent the ball out during a corner-kick action (90+1’).

AFTER THE GAME
Mixed feelings after the third draw in a row for Deportivo; it was a complicate game and Granada had the ball possession, but Depor had enough scoring opportunities to secure the victory. Oltra left the impression of been too much indulgent with the substitutions as he was trying to protect the narrow advantage and the locals scored the goal in the final stretch of the match.

Still, Deportivo remains undefeated after the first four matchdays at Liga BBVA; though three of the results only meant to add a point. The next match for the Galicians is the visit of Sevilla CF to the Riazor (Monday September 24, 21h30 CET).

MATCH STATISTICS
Granada: (4-2-3-1) Toño – Nyom, Íñigo López, Mainz, Siqueira - Iriney, Mikel Rico (Jaime Romero 67’) - El Arabi (Brahimi 46), Torje,  Orellana (Machis 78’) - Floro Flores.
Deportivo: (4-2-3-1) Aranzubia – Manuel Pablo, Marchena,  Aythami, Evaldo – Abel Aguilar, Juan Dominguez – Bruno Gama (Ayoze 72’), Camuñas (Álex Bergantiños 59’), Pizzi – Riki (Oliveira 39’).
Goals: 0-1: (40’) Oliveira, 1-1: (80’) Flore Flores
Referee: Jesús Gil Manzano. He showed yellow card to Manuel Pablo (35’), Evaldo (42’), Siqueira (60’), Aranzubia (63’), Aythami (66’), Toño (73’) and Jaime Moreno (89’).
Venue: Los Cármenes (15,000)
Other statistics: Ball possession (57% - 43%); Attempts to score (4 – 5); Total shots (13 - 14); Shots on target (2 - 6); Saves by the keepers (4 - 1); Corner-kicks  (7 - 4); Offsides (8 - 1); Fouls committed (17 - 14); Passing accuracy (75.62% - 72.19%)

* RESULTS & STANDINGS 

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