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REVIEW: DEPORTIVO 0 – RAYO VALLECANO 0 (LIGA)

03 Mar 2013
Tasteless point for a Deportivo that’s running out of time. Rayo played at will and Fernando Vázquez failed with his tactic for the game. Riki had to be replaced at the beginning of the match and Marchena was sent off five minutes before the end.

BEFORE THE GAME
Fernando Vázquez chose to play with Paulo Assunção, the Brazilian performed alongside Abel Aguilar at midfield. It was the same lineup that faced real Madrid, with the exception of Ze Castro replacing Kaká. Also, Jesús Vázquez was the player falling down from the list of nineteen men.

Aranzubia was the goalie, Sílvio played at the right side of the defense, Ayoze covered the left and Ze Castro joined Marchena at the centre. Abel Aguilar and Assunção were the pivotes, Bruno Gama attacked from the right wing, Pizzi did it from the left, Valerón was the playmaker and Riki the central attacker.

At Rayo Vallecano, coach Paco Gémez presented the novelty of right-back Roberto Román ‘Tito’ replacing Anaitz Arbilla. The quartet in attack was composed by captain Francisco Medina Luna ´Piti´, Guinean Alhassane Bangoura ´Lass’, Argentine Alejandro ‘Chori’ Domínguez and Brazilian wonder boy Léo Baptistão.

FIRST HALF
Uncomfortable first part for Deportivo; the Galicians tried to put pressure since the kick-off, but Rayo Vallecano responded with long and accurate passes that uncovered the well-known defensive problems of the Galician side. Fernando Vázquez’s men looked unsecure and the Madrilenians had four clear chances to score, but Lass missed all of them, while Deportivo had a couple of opportunities that were stopped by visiting goalie Rubén Martinez.

The tactic of Fernando Vázquez was unusual: he put two defensive pivotes and ordered the team to wait at the back zone; in this way he attempted to put pressure, steal the ball and play through fast counterattacks. But it never worked out, because the rival felt pretty comfortable and always controlled the actions. The Madrilenians always knew how to surpass the pressure and ended created many problems to Depor’s defense.

Rayo claimed the ball possession starting at minute 5, but the first goal attempt in the game was for Deportivo; it was a combination between Ayoze and Pizzi at the left side of the area that ended with a curved shot of the Portuguese man that was too easy for the visiting goalie Rubén (6’).

Rayo Vallecano responded with a great opportunity for Lass; after a long possession for the visiting side; Amat sent a long pass of 50 meters, the defense never reacted and the Guinean  was left alone before Aranzubia, but his crossed shot missed the target by inches (11’). Two minutes later Casado attempted from long-range, but Aranzubia was there to make the save (13’).

And Deportivo responded with the same medicine: a long pass of Valerón that compromised the whole visiting defense, Rubén couldn’t contain the ball, so Riki had an attempt to score from the left, but there was no one to catch his cross into the box (13’).

Then Riki sustained an injury after a tackle of Javi Fuego and he was replaced by Salomão -The club informed that it was an adductor injury- With the move Pizzi moved his position to the centre of the attack and Salomão was the left winger. He brought some things at that side, but the Blanquiazul outfit missed a reference at the centre of the attack throughout the rest of the clash.

At minute 24, Rayo had another big chance to score, Piti released a perfect cross from the left and Lass headed the ball at the penalty box, but Aranzubia was there to make the save. Depor responded with a combination between Salomão and Bruno Gama that ended with the latter firing a strong drilling attempt and Rubén made the save (27’).

The tactic of Depor simply failed because the Madrilenians were wiser enough to move the ball rapidly and search for the cracks at Depor’s defense, so it was common to see their player ending facing one-on-one actions before Aranzubia, but what they didn’t expect was to see Lass missing the chances, so Depor stayed alive.

Lass appeared again at minute 40 to elude two rivals on the left wing and release a strong shot that passed between the legs of Piti, just when the captain of Rayo he was alone before the goal. That was the last opportunity in this game, which ended with an aggression of Chori Dominguez over Abel Aguilar, but the Argentine just got a yellow card.

SECOND HALF
No change for the second half and Deportivo continued to play according to the pace dictated by Rayo Vallecano. The Galicians pushed strongly and lived five solid minutes within the 53’ and the 58’, but the Madrilenians reacted and continued playing at will. In the end Depor broke the negative streak of defeats, but the point is tasteless.

Rayo Vallecano had the first attempt in this half after Chori Dominguez picked the ball at the edge of the area after a cross of Tito coming from the right, he was alone, but still the playmaker sent the ball wide (47’). Nothing was changing: the Madrilenians were still having the ball possession, while Depor were struggling to step into the rival’s area.

Still, there was a window that invited to be optimistic. At minute 53, Salomão picked the ball after a cross of Sílvio, he was alone at the left side of the area and his final attempt just missed the far post by inches (53’). That play was followed by the best minutes of Depor in this game; the Galicians had three chances in a matter of four minutes, the clearest one a shot of Valerón from inside the area that was miraculously saved by Rubén (57’). One minute later Abel Aguilar missed the target with his header from close range.

But the true is that it was just a mirage, because the visiting side regained the ball possession and continued playing according to their pace. At minute 65, Marchena missed the target as he headed out a free-kick of Pizzi.

Then Fernando Vázquez made the second substitution and Juan Dominguez replaced Paulo Assunção. The change didn’t modify the game, because Rayo Vallecano was still playing according to the pace they wanted. They had the ball possession, just as it happened in the first part, but the difference now was that the Madrilenians were no longer interested in sending long passes up front, instead they were making short passes at the back zone, reason why they had a large ball possession after the 90 minutes (62%) plus an acceptable passing ratio (83.80%).

The pace of the game was slower for the final twenty-five minutes; Depor’s players were exhausted and lacking ideas to step into the rival’s area. Then Oliveira replaced Bruno Gama, and he had the last clear opportunity for his team after collecting a pass of Pizzi, but Rubén made the save (78’), in the next play José Carlos, who replaced a disappeared Léo Baptistão, lead a counterattack that ended with a crossed shot that missed the far post.

In the final ten minutes Rayo Vallecano was the side closer to score, but they continued missing aim. To make things worse for Depor Carlos Marchena was sent off after picking two yellow cards in a matter of seven minutes, both for committing fouls through sliding tackles. He and Lopo are now the active players without more red cards at Primera (13)

AFTER THE GAME
A sad Deportivo weren’t able to clinch a needed victory before a rival that played at will. The tactic of Fernando Vázquez was to give the ball to the rival and it never worked out as his men never felt comfortable on the pitch. The only thing that changed was that the rival, this time, was unable to capitalize their opportunities, so the Galicians are walking off with an insufficient point inside the pocket.

Deportivo remain at the bottom of the standings; the worst part is that it only picked one point from the two consecutive games played at the Riazor. Now it’s time to face the always tough visit to the Camp Nou in order to face FC Barcelona (Saturday, 20h00 CET).

MATCH STATISTICS
Deportivo: (4-2-3-1) Aranzubia – Sílvio, Marchena, Ze Castro, Ayoze – Abel Aguilar, Assunção (Juan Dominguez 65’) – Bruno Gama (Oliveira 77’), Valerón, Pizzi – Riki (Salomão 19’)
Rayo Vallecano: (4-2-3-1) Rubén – Tito, Gálvez, Amat, Casado – Trashorras, Javi Fuego (Adrián 81’) – Lass, Chori Dominguez (Delibašić 73’), Piti – Baptistão (José Carlos 68’)
Referee: Alejandro Hernández Hernández. He showed yellow card to Javi Fuego (16’), Gálvez (42’), Chori Dominguez (44’), Casado (65’), Amat (66’) and Ze Castro (76’). Marchena was sent off with two yellow cards (78’ & 85’)
Venue: Riazor (26,000) 
Other statistics: Ball possession (38% - 62%); Attempts to score (4 – 8); Total shots (13 - 18); Shots on target (4 - 3); Saves by the keepers (3 - 5); Corner-kicks  (3 - 7); Offsides (3 - 3); Fouls committed (13 - 18); Passing accuracy (73.54% - 83.80%)

* RESULTS & STANDINGS 

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