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18 Dec 2012
Disappointing game for Deportivo; it was supposed to be a final, but the team left a bittersweet taster in the mouth of the fans, so much that the team heard whistles after the 90 minutes. Depor remain at the bottom of the standings.

As it was speculated during the past week, German Lux was the starting goalie, so for the first second time since his arrival, Dani Aranzubia was the replacement on the bench due to a tactical decision (The previous time was in the last game of the past season against Villarreal B). The surprise was that Ze Castro was also on the bench, therefore Aythami Artiles was the one joining Carlos Marchena at the centre of the defense.

The defense was completed with Laure performing at the right side and Evaldo Fabiano at the left. Álex Bergantiños and Abel Aguilar were the centre midfielders, Bruno Gama attacked from the right wing, Pizzi covered the left flank, Juan Carlos Valerón was the playmaker and Riki was the central attacker.

At Real Valladolid, Miroslav Djukić was presenting the expected 4-2-3-1 figure, with Alberto Bueno switched to the left wing, Julián Omar Ramos in the right, Óscar Javier González was the playmaker and Mateus Alberto Contreira ´Manucho ´the central attacker.

The game was described as a final, but Depor didn’t show the passion and intensity that the fans were expecting. Riki was the most active player in attack, but Lux was the key man with his two big saves in one single play. Valladolid felt pretty comfortable in the counterattack and it also missed aim.

As it was expected, Depor had the initiate since the kick-off; Depor’s first approximation was a corner-kick from the left that was cleared by visiting goalie Dani Hernandez (2’). In the next five minutes there were other two corner-kicks in favour and a cross of Pizzi that Riki didn’t find inside the box.

But with the pass of the minutes it was clear that Deportivo were missing the passion and intensity requested by the fans. The locals were missing aim up front, therefore the first shot on target was made by Valladolid, though it was a harmless long-range volley of Omar that was too easy for Lux (11’). The Galicians were having the ball possession, but were missing the last pass to attempt a shot on target, while the visitors were patiently waiting for a chance in the counterattack.

At minute 17, Bruno Gama attempted a cross from the left, but Dani Hernandez intercepted the ball.  The first big chance in the game came at minute 18 and it was for the visiting team; Óscar got a loose ball at the edge of the area, but his strong shot was caught by Lux.

The first big chance of Deportivo came at minute 20, Bruno Gama made a solo-play at the right wing, he beat two rivals and Sereno cleared the ball, but it hit the Portuguese winger and later he attempted a shot on target that was saved by Dani Hernandez.

With the passing of the minutes the visiting team begun to feel more comfortable on the pitch and even claimed the ball possession, so it wasn’t a surprise to see them having the biggest chances in this halve, actually both opportunities came in one single play, but Lux was there to make two great saves; Rukavina released a perfect cross from the left, and Óscar attempted twice, but the Argentine goalie was there to save Deportivo (24’), leaving the impression that it was a good move to allow his appearance as a starter.

Depor were missing depth, but it created some danger when the attackers were combining; in this sense Riki had a chance to score after collecting a pass from Valerón, but his strong shot was blocked by Dani Hernandez (32’)

The last chance in the half was a shot of Riki from the edge of the area that went over the crossbar (40’). The Madrilenian was the most active player in attack, but it was expected more from Depor due to their current situation in la liga.

No big changes for the final forty-five minutes; Deportivo lacked more spirit and the hurries turned the game into an exchange of blows in which any side could have scored a goal and claim the three points, but both teams missed their opportunities and the result is the first goalless game for Depor on this liga campaign.

The second part started in the same way that the first ended: Depor missing depth and Valladolid feeling pretty comfortable in the counterattack; in this way Óscar was close to score with a crossed shot that turned to be an easy catch for Lux (47’). Depor’s response was a drilled cross of Valerón that Dani Hernandez miraculously saved before the pressure of Riki (50’).

After a pause of ten minutes in which both sides were unable to step into the opposite area, the game suddenly turned into an exchange of blows; the midfielders were having problems to cut the fast attacks at both sides and if a goal wasn’t scored it was for the lack of aim at both sides. First Manucho missed the ball by inches after cross coming from the right (61’), then Pizzi and Riki were going to send the ball over the crossbar in similar plays on the right wing. And again Lux showed up to make a save in a one-on-one action before Manucho (62’).

A desperate Oltra decided to replace Valerón with Diogo Salomão, the move brought more velocity to the game, but not the aim that Depor needed as the Portuguese was going to miss the clearest chance in the night. Valladolid also made a chance as an ineffective Manucho was replaced by Javi Guerra, who also missed a clear chance.

The second change at Depor was the entry of Nélson Oliveira for Pizzi, but the Portuguese attacker was another player that missed a great chance before the final whistle. The last modification was the entry of Camuñas for Riki, the Madrilenian was dragging a muscular problem and had to leave the game.

The desperation of Depor within the final ten minutes just opened the game even more, and there were three clear chances to claim the victory, The biggest one was on the boots of Salomão, who collected a drilling cross of Laure, but inexplicably he sent the ball wide when he was alone before the goal (83’).

Javi Guerra missed the target in the last attack of Valladolid and Oliveira did the same from the edge of the area after a pass from Salomão (89’). Definitely it wasn’t the night for the attackers at both teams and it clearly explains the zeros after the final whistle.

Deportivo missed spirit, intensity and mainly aim to resolve a game that should have been a victory. The public didn’t like the performance of the players and a lot of whistles were heard when they were leaving the pitch. For the moment Oltra won’t be fired, but the situation is each day more complicated. Actually there was a report of some fans waiting for the players after the game in order to call them “cowards”

And it’s that Depor remain at the bottom of the standings and with only two victories on the league campaign; now there’s another final on Thursday as the Galicians pay a visit to RCD Espanyol, club that’s only above Deportivo due to the goal average. It’s the last game of the year (Cornellà-El Prat, 22h00 CET).

Deportivo: (4-2-3-1) Lux – Laure, Marchena, Aythami, Evaldo – Abel Aguilar, Álex Bergantiños – Bruno Gama, Valerón (Salomão 61’), Pizzi (Oliveira 75’) – Riki (Camuñas 81’).
Real Valladolid: (4-2-3-1) Dani Hernandez – Rukavina, Sereno, Marc Valiente, Balenziaga – Víctor Pérez, Rubio (Sastre 77’) – Omar, Óscar, Bueno (Rubén Peña 83’) – Manucho (Javi Guerra 66’).
Referee: Jesús Gil Manzano. He showed yellow card to Marchena (56’) and Salomão (66’)
Venue: Riazor (28,000)
Other statistics: Ball possession (52% - 48%); Attempts to score (5 – 5); Total shots (18 - 9); Shots on target (3 - 4); Saves by the keepers (4 - 3); Corner-kicks  (10 - 0); Offsides (3 - 1); Fouls committed (9 - 6); Passing accuracy (82.45% - 83.16%)




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