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29 Oct 2012
The papers had mixed readings of the derby; some of them watched an attractive game, others think that it was boring. At the same time the media believes that Depor and Celta have enough reasons to fell content and unhappy with the outcome.

La Opinión A Coruña: Too much midfield, too much ball control and no shooting on goal. In the first half, Depor did almost everything right. Offensively it was well planted on the pitch, making permanent aids, good collective moves, good progression, a lot of ball possession, but little shot on goal. Defensively the retreat was intensive, which allowed the errors of Celta at the moment of passing the ball. It just committed a small error in the goal of the locals. By the way, it’s been a while since I hadn’t seen so many blunders committed by so many players. In the second half, following the expulsion of Cabral, Depor came to dominate, but with a lot of precipitation, leading to excess rather than to play the ball trying to tire Celta. It forgot to watch the back at defense and in this way it led the two best chances of Celta. Luis Rodríguez Vaz

La Voz de Galicia: Only a point of satisfaction. A different game, that’s a derby. And so it was yesterday at Balaídos. A match conditioned by the score, caution to not lose and fear to not add. So different to another appointment that both sides -little aggressive- went out with more yellow cards than usual and Celta even saw the first red card of the season. Neither the locals had the ball possession nor did the visitors seek the victory with a decisive superiority. Also, the locals sinned with their precautionary behavior with the score in favor. Life goes on. No sequels but one less matchday. José M. Fernández.

La Opinión A Coruña: Incomplete resurrection. Deportivo left Balaídos with a bittersweet taste. Any point in Vigo is always positive for their interests, although yesterday it wasted a great opportunity to strike a blow in the field of Celta. It made the hardest thing: to wake up when the situation was worst and scored the equalizer, but couldn’t score a second against an opponent that played outnumbered for 40 minutes due to the expulsion of Cabral. Perhaps it was the fear to win the thing that prevented Los Blanquiazules to complete the comeback. The tie breaks the streak of four games in a row without adding points, but the aftertaste is not quite sweet. Eugenio Cobas.

AS: Valerón's talent is not enough to defeat Celta. The Galician derby returned to Primera after five years and it did it through the front door. Balaídos lived a show at the stands in which there were goals, alternatives, great environment without incidents, controversy, passion... Football, derby.

The reading of the result goes a long way, because they all have reason to rejoice and complain. Celta should be regretted, because it was ahead on the scoresheet, for the chances of Aspas, the goal disallowed to Tuñez and for the expulsion of Cabral, although it seems that the referee was correct in these two actions. Depor, because it didn’t kill the derby after enjoying the superiority on the field for 40 minutes, an eternity.

In the bottle half full, to rejoice, Herrera’s men for preventing the loss at home, with one less man on the field they could have defeated Depor through the counterattack. For Deportivo, because they cut a streak of four straight losses and playing on the field of the nemesis, and also because they reunited with the ball (long before the expulsion) and because they started losing.

The thing in which both teams will agree, especially when blood is cool, is that the derby didn’t disappoint and showed that it isn’t only one more game. In fact, the meeting was moved based in impulses of passion. Celta started strongly with the goal of Bermejo. Valerón rescued Depor from their slumber with a magisterial pass to see a Galician, Juan Dominguez, scoring the equalizer with class and quality. Luis de la Cruz

El Pais: Valerón illuminates a flat derby. In a bad game, with little flight, full of players with the lights off, Valerón appeared to show all his splendor. Not the first time he displays his class in Balaídos scenario where he has shown the best of his repertoire and yesterday, when he was replaced a quarter of an hour before the final whistle, he received a significant applause. It was the recognition from a group of fans that never manifested a similar attitude to other player from the eternal rival

Even in the twilight of his career the Canarian genius makes the difference and acts as the lighthouse of a team like Deportivo so in need of someone to set the pace. He proved it once again with a move that should go into the library. This happened in a match full of inaccuracies, in a nothing that suited Celta, team with the advantage after an early goal, Oltra’s team was delivered to the hurry and quick resolution ultimately falling into the offside trap. Valerón was there to call for calm, palms down, demanding peace. Until he found the ball in front of the area, there he wove the ball with a change of foot, breaking everything with a twist  and a pass to tap the back line of Celta and found an inner hallway with two recipients: Riki and Juan Dominguez , who was the one that picked  the ball to define it.

The fancy stuff of Valerón rewarded the effort of Deportivo trying to put back the game into its initial state. Sometimes a goal in the first minutes causes unexpected attitudes at the teams. It happened a year ago when Deportivo claimed the lead at the Riazor on their first arrival and thereafter it lost the ball possession. Yesterday something similar happened to Celta, side that always seemed to go against the grain. Juan L Cudeiro.

Marca: A derby from the first level. Primera needed games like Celta-Depor and the Galician derby  honored its meaning at Balaídos. Five years later, the two giants of Galician football faced each other at the top flight and matched the expectations. The seafood was highly missed at the elite.

Celta and Deportivo gave everything they had, and more. The occasion deserved it. It could go either way, and in the end the game ended in a draw that each team discussed in their own way. No one broke down. All matched the expectations. The legs of Depor didn´t tremble when Bermejo scored, and that taking in mind that he did it soon after just nine minutes. Neither Celta scared when it fought with one less man  most of the second half. Delfin Melero

Faro de Vigo: A tie that’s never enough. Celta  dispatched with a draw that’s tasteless in an strange derby, played with a knife between the teeth, a game that Undiano Mallenco unfairly tarnished with an expulsion. Playing in inferiority Herrera’s team generated more danger than the opponent and surpassed it in football and in ambition, but lost ground downwind, paying a high price for a single defensive error and was doomed to a feat that never arrived .

In a derby you cannot trust in anyone. Not even in your shadow. Especially if you have a guy in front with the talent of  Juan Carlos Valerón. The Canarian just needed to find a crack at the defense to sniff the blood and open a highway to Juan Dominguez. Two hesitation in clearing the ball, a teacher pass and Dominguez, enabled by Lagos, stood before Varas with all the goal at his disposal to score the equalizer.

The equality of forces that had chaired the clash within the final minutes of the first half suddenly broke up with the unfair expulsion of Gustavo Cabral by the grace of Undiano Mallenco, who showed two consecutive yellow cards to the Argentine defender of Celta for as many fouls; he didn’t deserve such consideration on a strict application of the rules, especially when you consider that the Navarran referee didn’t apply the same standard in the first half with a foul of Ze Castro over Iago Aspas at the edge of the box, which should have led to the second yellow card and therefore the expulsion of the Portuguese player of Deportivo.

The outnumbered situation didn’t detract the ambition of Celta, side that gave the ball to Deportivo, it folded sails and tried to surprise going out in the counterattack. It wasn’t a bad choice as with ten men the team never surrendered and tried to make good the old maxim of Helenio Herrera saying that any team plays better with ten men. J. Bernardo



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