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07 Oct 2012
Third straight defeat in liga for a Deportivo that showed two faces in the game; it was an awful team in the first part and a much more courageous squad in the second, but it missed aim and more calmness to handle a tired rival.

Álex Bergantiños stayed at the starting eleven and Juan Dominguez was a substitute; that was the main novelty at the squad presented by Oltra. The other modification was the return of Valerón, who was making his 300 league appearance at the club; the Canarian is only the fifth men at the club that reaches this mark.

The draw was the classical 4-2-3-1 figure, Aranzubia was at the goal, Laure performed at the right-back position, Evaldo stayed at the left, Marchena and Ze Castro were the centre backs. Abel Aguilar joined Álex at midfield, Bruno Gama attacked from the right wing, Pizzi did it from the left, Valerón was the playmaker and Riki was the central attacker.

At Rayo, coach Paco Jémez switched the system into a 4-1-4-1 figure, with Javi Fuego as the lonely pivote in the formation.  Argentine ´Chori´ Dominguez, Brazilian Leonardo Carrilho ´Leo’ and Montenegrin Andrija Delibasic were the main references in attack. Around 700 Depor’s fans were at the stadium cheering up the team, many of them travelled from A Coruña.

Flat first part of a Deportivo that arrived late to the game; Rayo Vallecano felt pretty comfortable and didn’t need too much to claim a 2-0 lead before the 30-minute mark, but Oltra’s team reacted within the final five minutes, the key was the penalty whistled in favour of Álex Bergantiños and that was scored by Pizzi.

Nothing occurred within the first ten minutes; Depor had a couple of free-kick actions without any consequence, but the point is that neither Rayo Vallecano nor Deportivo were having precision with their attacks. The first scoring opportunity in the game came at minute 9, an error of Ze Castro allowed José Carlos to fire on target from the edge of the area and Aranzubia cleared the danger to corner-kick. Depor’s first approximation came at minute 14, it was an indirect free-kick in which Pizzi assisted Riki, but the shot of the Madrilenian attacker missed the target.

The true is that both sides were leaving a lot of doubts at defense; the locals were playing with the defensive line performing in an advance position, which invited Deportivo to play on counterattacks, while Rayo was exploiting the inaccuracies of the defense and the weaknesses at the side defended by Brazilian Evaldo.

And precisely the Madrilenians were going to score the first goal by the side defended by Evaldo; Brazilian Leo easily beat the mark of his compatriot after collecting a short pass and then released a cross that was deflected by Marchena, the ball turned into a volley that veteran Francisco Medina ´Piti’ found at the edge of the six-yard box to end crossing Aranzubia.

The goal was a hard hit for a soulless Deportivo; there was no depth and neither fresh ideas to react; therefore Oltra’s side was a team without a plan. Rayo, side that was much more practical, was having a comfortable game as the Galicians were unable to complete a shot on target within the first forty minutes.

And the second goal didn’t last too much and again in came from the left side of Evaldo; Delibasic combined with José Carlos and the winger ended scoring the goal crossing Aranzubia from close range. Beyond a fair result it was a deserved punishment for a Deportivo that was completing its worst game in this beginning of the season.

Pizzi had a good chance for Depor as he collected the ball at the edge of the area after a corner-kick action, but the Portuguese winger missed the target. The Galicians were dead, but were lucky enough to find a doubtful penalty at the end of the first part; it was a foul of Javi Fuego over Álex Bergantiños that was materialized by Pizzi sending local goalie Ruben Martínez on the wrong way.

Somehow the goal awoke Deportivo and the Galicians pushed strongly within the final five minutes; first Álex Bergantiños didn’t find a cross of Pizzi when he was inside the area (43’) and later Bruno Gama attempted from long range, but Rubén made the save (45+1’)

Things radically changed in the second part, because Depor improved a lot while Rayo Vallecano was too passive; what didn’t change was the scoresheet, mainly because the Galicians were too desperate and ended wasting their opportunities, curiously they were unable to complete a shot on target in this half.

Oltra ordered the first substitution as Nélson Oliveira replaced Evaldo; the move meant to switch the system into a 3-5-2; the Blanquiazul outfit was still having two centre backs, the novelty is that left side was covered by Álex Bergantiños at the moment of defending.

This daring modification opened the game, because Rayo Vallecano was still putting pressure by this side, while the presence of Oliveira increased the options upfront for Depor. The Portuguese attacker had his first opportunity after finding the ball inside the area in a counterattack action, but he sent the ball over the crossbar (48’). The locals responded with another counterattack in which they had up to three shots on targets, but Aranzubia and Marchena made the saves.

Then Oltra ordered the second substitution as Camuñas replaced Valerón. It was an special game for El Flaco as he was reaching the mark of 300 league games at Depor, but the true is that he was disappeared throughout the encounter, just to mention the stat of losing the ball in nine opportunities.

At minute 75, Oliveira was close to score twice; it was a counterattack that ended with Camuñas drilling the ball into the path of the Portuguese attacker; in the first chance he couldn’t surpass Ruben and later his crossed shot missed the target. The locals responded with a new counterattack in which Laure cleared the danger.

Deportivo was the best team in the second part; it had the ball possession and the spirit missed in the entire first half, meanwhile Rayo Vallecano was terrible and started to lose time early in the half, just to mention that three locals players were booked for been wasting time, but the key was that Depor missed a cold mind to seize the situation.

And it’s that the Galicians didn’t complete any shot on target within the second part; Oliveira was the most active player in this part of the game and five minutes before the end he fired from the left corner of the box after collecting a pass from Bruno Gama, action that was saved by Ruben. Three minutes later Riki had a clear opportunity collecting a pass from Pizzi, but unexplainably he missed the goal from close range.

The last modification in the game was the entry of Ayoze for Ze Castro; Oltra was planning to allow the entry of Salomão, but the Portuguese centre back sustained an adductor injury and the coach had to replace him.

Rayo Vallecano had the last two opportunities to score; in the first Leo missed the target from close range after collecting a pass of substitute Nickie Billie and in the next play another replacement, Adrian González, sent the ball over the crossbar when he was alone inside the area.

Deportivo showed two faces in the game; in the first part it was an asleep team that was surprised by a much more accurate Rayo Vallecano; in the second it showed a winning spirit, but missed more calmness to harm a nervous rival that sought for any resource in order to waste some time. As it happened in the Segunda season Oltra switched to a defensive line of three men when it was losing a game playing outside home, and once again the desperate measure wasn’t effective. Therefore the reading are dual, the team deserved the defeat for its poor and intolerable performance in the first part, an at the same time it deserved more for the reaction shown in the second half.

This is the third straight defeat for Depor on the liga season; Oltra’s team could end in relegation in case of a victory of Granada CF and if Athletic Bilbao or CA Osasuna wins the game in which both sides collide at San Mamés. Depor will now rest due to the World Cup qualifying games of next week; the team returns into competition on October 20 as FC Barcelona visits the Riazor (22h00 CET)

Rayo Vallecano: (4-1-4-1) Rubén – Tito, Labaka, Amat, Casado – Javi Fuego – Pitti (Lass 64’), Chori Dominguez (Adrián González 63’), Leo, José Carlos – Delibasic (Nickie Billie 71’)
Deportivo: (4-2-3-1) Aranzubia – Laure, Marchena, Ze Castro (Ayoze 75’), Evaldo (Oliveira 48’) – Álex Bergantiños, Abel Aguilar – Bruno Gama, Valerón (Camuñas 59’), Pizzi – Riki.
Goals: 1-0: (17’) Piti, 2-0: (29’) Jose Carlos, 2-1: (41’) Pizzi (penalty)
Referee: Pedro Jesús Pérez Montero. He showed yellow card to Labaka (12’), Tito (40’), Riki (46’), Álex Bergantiños (53’), ‘Chori’ Dominguez (60’), Ruben (68’), Casado (77’), Amat (81’), Delibasic (87’), Nickie Billie (88’)
Venue: Estadio de Vallecas (8,516)
Other statistics: Ball possession (44% - 56%); Attempts to score (8 – 4); Total shots (14 – 10); Shots on target (5 - 2); Saves by the keepers (1 - 2); Corner-kicks  (5 - 2); Offsides (2 - 6); Fouls committed (19 - 12); Passing accuracy (71.39% - 76.42%)




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