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REVIEW: CELTA 1 - DEPORTIVO 1 (LIGA)

28 Oct 2012
Depor and Celta shared points in the return of the Galician derby to Primera; the visitors had one more men during the half of the game, but didn’t have the courage to go out for the victory in the second part. Depor remain in relegation.

BEFORE THE GAME
No surprises at the lineup presented by Oltra for the latest edition of the Galician derby; Juan Dominguez was the only modification compared to the team that lost against FC Barcelona as he was replacing injured Abel Aguilar. The goal was defended by Dani Aranzubia, Laure performed at the right-back position, Ayoze played at the left, while the centre backs were Marchena and Ze Castro.

Juan Dominguez was joining Álex Bergantiños at midfield, Bruno Gama attacked from the right flank, Pizzi did it from the left, Juan Carlos Valerón was the playmaker in the formation and Riki was the central attacker.

At Celta, coach Paco Herrera was playing with a 4-2-3-1 figure, the novelty was that South Korean Park Chu-Young was on the bench; instead veteran Mario Bermejo was performing as the playmaker in the draw, while Iago Aspas was the main reference in attack. Balaídos was almost full; 900 Depor’s fans were there supporting the team. There were no incidents before the kick-off; neither after the game ended.

FIRST HALF
Entertaining first part though both teams only created a few scoring opportunities; actually Depor and Celta scored in the first shot on target completed by both teams; as it has been common in recent games Deportivo allowed a quick goal, but this time Oltra’s team reacted quickly and was even close to end the half with the advantage in the scoresheet.

The first minutes were intense; both teams were trying to display their best football, but there were no shots on target and therefore no clear scoring opportunities within the first five minutes. But then the locals gave the first punch. If last year Depor scored a goal within the first five minutes in both derbies, now it was time of Celta to do the same.

Deportivo lost the ball in attack, then the locals released a quick counterattack with Borja Oubiña drilling the ball into the left wing, just into the path of Iago Aspas, who ran from midfield in order to drill the ball into the area, luckily for him it hit Aranzubia and then the ball reached the path of Mario Bermejo, who easily scored from close range.

The goal was a hard hit for Deportivo and the visitors lost control of the actions as they were at the mercy of the quick attacks released by Celta, mainly on the right side defended by Laure. At minute 12, defender Cabral was close to score with a header in a free-kick that was bad defended by Depor, two minutes later Aspas repeated the play of the first goal, but this time his crossed shot missed the target by inches.

Depor started to regain the control until minute 18; Oltra’s team was trying to combine and arrive to the edge of the area having the ball possession, but their first goal attempt came in a set-piece; it was a free-kick of Riki that went wide (21’). But still the defense was having big problems trying to contain the quick moves of Paco Herrera’s men.

The visiting team was needing some fresh air; it was having the will and desire, but it missed some spark, and Juan Carlos Valerón was going to light the way home with a marvelous play in which he eluded three rivals in a couple of meters to end drilling the ball into the area, Riki was there, but Juan Dominguez arrived first to end beating Javi Varas with a drilling attempt.

This is the first goal on the season for Juan Domínguez, and he’s also the first Galician player to score in a derby between Celta and Deportivo at Primera in this century. Actually, the last A Coruña-born player that scored in a derby was Manuel Lechuga Boado in 1952.

The second goal in the game switched the tide for the second opportunity, because now Celta’s team was drowned before the pressure of the visiting side. At minute 33, Pizzi was close to score after another great play of Valerón, but his shot from inside the area was cleared by a rival.

The last five minutes were more balanced as Celta reacted and tried to push forward; both nothing happened, just the confrontation Aspas-Marchena. Both players were searching for each other and there was a little fight that ended with Depor’s defender on the ground exaggerating a hit with the elbow of Celta’s attacker.

SECOND HALF
The final part lacked accuracy, though it had excitement; Celta was reduced to ten men early in the half, but Oltra was too cautious and never went out for the game. In the end both coaches gave the draw as good, though Celta was more dangerous despite not having the ball possession

The second part started with Danish Michael Krohn-Dehli firing from the edge of the area, but his drilling attempt went out. Depor reacted with a quick play in which Bruno Gama assisted Riki, who tried to fire from the left corner of the box, but his attempt was cleared to corner-kick (48’).

But the action that changed everything was the expulsion of Gustavo Cabral, who committed two fouls in a matter of three minutes; in the second he fouled Riki at the edge of the area. Therefore the locals faced the last forty minutes with ten men. Pizzi was close to score in the free-kick that resulted of this action, but Varas cleared the danger. Paco Herrera reacted taking Mario Bermejo off and putting a fresh centre back, Samuel Llorca, and Celta continued to be dangerous in attack.

The script became clear at this stage: Depor having the ball possession trying to practice a combinative game, while Celta was waiting at the back releasing quick and dangerous attacks. In a couple of them Michael Krohn-Dehli lighted the way for his team, but the neither Llorca (55’) nor Aspas (61’) seized the opportunities..

Oltra didn’t see things clear and didn’t want to switch the draw into a 4-4-2 as he normally do, instead he replaced Riki with Nélson Oliveira. It was a cautious modification as the Valencian trainer knew that it was dangerous to open the field in the quest for the victory; therefore he preferred to keep the draw.

The true is that it was a wrong tactic, because Valerón disappeared in the second part and, despite Oliveira brought some fresh air, Depor looked too thick up front; only Pizzi was creating problems on the left flank, though in the major part of the time he was too individualistic.

Celta, meanwhile, was still looking more dangerous with its counterattack and Aspas sent the ball out from close range in the best chance for the locals (70’); Deportivo responded with a long play that ended with Laure releasing a cross from the right that Oliveira headed out. One minute later Álex Bergantiños attempted from long-range but his shot was stopped by Varas.

At minute 72, Aspas threw a free-kick that Tuñez headed into the net, but the referee whistled an offside.  Then Oltra ordered the second modification and Javier Camuñas replaced Valerón. This change brought more ball possession to Depor, but the team was still lacking aim. At minute 82, Juan Dominguez attempted from the edge of the area after been assisted by Oliveira, but Varas was there to make the save.

It was clear that both coaches were accepting the score and for this reason they made the last substitution  ; Herrera replaced Aspas, the most dangerous player at his team, while Oltra allowed the entry of André Santos replacing Bruno Gama, a modification that switched the system into a 4-3-3. Deportivo surrounded the rival’s area for the final five minutes, but without creating a scoring opportunity.

AFTER THE GAME
Depor wasted a great opportunity to escape from the relegation zone as it couldn’t defeat a Celta that was reduced to ten men at minute 50. Once again Oltra’s team had a negative start and allowed a quick goal, later it reacted and was close to score a second goal, but Oltra didn’t want to risk and the return of the Galician derby to Primera ended with a 1-1 draw, perhaps tasteless for both teams.

Oltra’s outfit remains 18th at the standings, for now only one point below the salvation though with a negative streak of eight games without adding the three points. Now Depor will have a double meeting at the Riazor facing RCD Mallorca; first in Copa Del Rey (Thursday, 21h00 CET) and then for La Liga (Sunday, 16h00 CET)

MATCH STATISTICS
Celta: (4-2-3-1) Varas - Hugo Mallo, Cabral, Túñez, Roberto Lago - Borja Oubiña, Álex López - Augusto Fernández (Toni 80’), Bermejo (LLorca 54’), Krohn-Dehli - Iago Aspas (Park 83’).
Deportivo: (4-2-3-1) Aranzubia – Laure, Marchena, Ze Castro, Ayoze – Juan Domínguez, Álex Bergantiños – Bruno Gama (André Santos 87’), Valerón (Camuñas 77’), Pizzi – Riki (Oliveira 63’)
Goals: 1-0: (8’) Bermejo, 1-1: (29’) Juan Dominguez
Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco. He showed yellow card to Ze Castro (11’), Marchena (37’), Borja Oubiña (41’), Juan Dominguez (52’), Laure (72’) and Krohn-Dehli (88’). Cabral was sent off (51’)
Venue: Balaídos (24,875)
Other statistics: Ball possession (43% - 57%); Attempts to score (8 – 9); Total shots (12 - 12); Shots on target (2 - 4); Saves by the keepers (3 - 1); Corner-kicks  (4 - 10); Offsides (3 - 6); Fouls committed (15 - 16); Passing accuracy (80.16% - 84.50%)

* RESULTS & STANDINGS 

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