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REVIEW: DEPORTIVO 3 – CELTA 1 (LIGA)

16 Mar 2013
Redemption for a Deportivo that returned to winning ways thanks to an inspired Valerón. Iago Aspas was sent off early in the first part and the locals won the derby playing with a coolest mind. Los Blanquiazules remain at the bottom of the standings.

BEFORE THE GAME
A couple of surprises at the lineup; Ayoze was left out of the game and his place at the left-back position was for Sílvio, while Manuel Pablo performed at the right. Carlos Marchena was fit to play and joined Aythami at the central positions of the defense, while Aranzubia was at the goal.

Juan Dominguez was the second surprise as he joined Abel Aguilar at midfield. He’s the first Galician –apart from Fran- That disputed a derby at Primera within the last 12 opportunities. The attacking formation was the expected one, Bruno Gama attacked from the right wing, Pizzi did it from the left, Valerón was the playmaker and Riki the central attacker.

At Celta, coach Abel Resino presented novelties in attack, because both Mario Bermejo and Quique De Lucas were starters playing behind Iago Aspas. There was a nice atmosphere at the Riazor, though the stadium wasn’t totally full. There were some incidents before the kick-off, but nothing serious.

FIRST HALF
Once again Deportivo were more intelligent than Celta during a Galician derby; they also scored a quick goal –as it occurred in 2 of the previous 3 derbies- while Los Olivicos lost their mind since the kick-off, which was clearly demonstrated by the red card shown to Iago AspasAugusto Fernández said before the game that it was necessary to play with a “cool mind” and that’s exactly what Celta missed throughout the clash.

The first minutes were intense, though without scoring opportunities. Celta were having the ball possession, while Depor were attempting quick counterattacks and at the same time combinative plays with Valerón as the centre of the attacks. And the locals were going to score the first goal in their first big opportunity.

Pizzi lost the ball at the left wing, but the rebound reached Valerón, who released a perfect volley into the box, Riki was there and scored a great goal controlling the ball with the knee first and, without the ball hitting the ground, he then he released a great shot into the top-left corner of Javi Varas.

The goal affected Celta and Depor looked more relaxed and at the same time more dangerous; at minute 15, a combination between Valerón, Riki and Pizzi ended with the Portuguese winger firing from the edge of the area, but Javi Varas made the save.

Juan Dominguez was another player doing a nice job, at minute 19 he made a great play eluding three rivals, but his final pass to Pizzi ended in an offside. But truly the best player in the half was Valerón, El Flaco was always accurate with his passes and the man lighting the way out for Deportivo.

At the other corner, Iago Aspas appeared until minute 20 in order to win a corner-kick for his team.  It was going to be his lonely appearance in attack. The first attempt of Celta arrived until minute 21, it was a free-kick of Pranjić that went over the crossbar. Four minutes later Bermejo headed out a perfect corner-kick coming from the left. These actions left the impression that Celta were starting to assume control over the actions.

Deportivo responded with an action of Bruno Gama in which he fired from the right side of the area, but he missed the target. Still, the visitors were now looking better, but then it came an action that changed the game. Iago Aspas was sent off after hitting Marchena through a header when both men were on the ground. The centre-back was provoking the striker since the kick-off, but Aspas just made a huge mistake as he left his team without their main reference up front.

Despite the numeric advantage Celta were looking good, though without creating any harm. At minute 34, Valerón made a great pass to Riki and the Madrilenian striker fired a strong shot from the left side of the area, this time Javi Varas made the save. At minute 40, De Lucas had the second attempt for his team, again in a free-kick, but he sent the ball wide.

Two minutes before the pause, De Lucas had the first clear chance for his side in a normal play; he seized an error of Abel Aguilar and fired from the left corner of the box, but Aranzubia blocked the attempt. Depor responded with a counterattack that ended with Sílvio firing from the edge of the area; the ball went wide.

SECOND HALF
Same scene of the first part: Deportivo was the calmer side and Celta always played too hurried; the second goal killed the game and the visiting team could have even suffered a bigger score. Valerón was again the best player for Deportivo.

The roles were pretty clear since the beginning of the second part, because Celta were having the ball and were pushing up front, while Depor were locked at the back waiting for the counterattack. The strategy of both teams was pretty accurate as they created some danger, though without shots on target within the first five minutes.

And then Riki had two consecutive chances within minutes 54 & 55; first he collected a great assist of Valerón that left him one-on-one before Javi Varas, but he missed the target from the box, in the next play he released a curved shot from the edge of the area and this time Celta’s goalie cleared the danger to corer-kick.

Then Orellana replaced De Lucas; the Chilean was the reference of Celta in the derby played at the Riazor during the past season, but this time he passed unnoticed. The true is that Celta were having the ball possession, but Depor were having the best opportunities. At minute 59, Bruno Gama didn’t arrive in time in order to define a deflection in a cross coming from the left. In the end Javi Varas cleared the danger.

And when the game was turning to be complicated, Depor scored again and it was a real screamer for the locals. It was a long play on the right wing starred by Juan Dominguez, RikiBruno Gama, there was a cross into the area that was cleared by the defense, but Sílvio Azevedo showed up to fire a rocketeer from outside the area that went directly into the left op-corner of Varas.

The second goal killed Celta, because the team from Vigo gave up and Depor lived their most comfortable minutes in the derby. At minute 73, Abel Aguilar released a strong shot from the edge of the area and Varas made the save. Two minutes later Bruno Gama made a solo-play on the right that ended in a corner-kick.

Deportivo’s first modification was the entry of Salomão replacing Riki, and the Portuguese winger had an immediate impact in the game as he scored the third goal. It was counterattack that ended with another great pass from midfield from Valerón. The winger just had to elude Varas to score his first goal at Primera.

Immediately, Krohn-Dehli entered into the pitch and in his first play he eluded Sílvio at the right wing and released a low cross that substitute Park Chu-Young sent into the back of the net from close range. It was the third goal in liga for the South Korean.

The goal didn’t change anything as Celta was already defeated; actually Deportivo were closer to score a fourth goal. Álex Bergantiños was the second substitution as he replaced Valerón, who received an standing ovation at the Riazor.

The last chance at the final minutes was a repetition of the third goal: counterattack, assist from Valerón and Salomão eluding Javi Varas, but this time the Portuguese winger just hit the net by the outside (90+1’)

AFTER THE GAME
Refreshing victory for Deportivo in the newest edition of the Galician derby; Fernando Vázquez’s side won because it was the most calmed side on this game and capitalized the cracks at Celta’s defense. Great game of Valerón, without doubt the key for the victory.

Fourth win on this season for Los Blanquiazules and second in 2013; the result leaves the team at the bottom of the standings, but it could be the needed morale boost in order to begin the comeback. Now there’s a pause of two weeks due to the international matches. The next game is on Sunday, March 31 as Depor visit RCD Mallorca (17h00 CET).

MATCH STATISTICS
Deportivo: (4-2-3-1) Aranzubia – Manuel Pablo, Marchena, Aythami, Sílvio – Abel Aguilar, Juan Domínguez – Bruno Gama, Valerón (Álex Bergantiños 84’), Pizzi – Riki (Salomão 76’)
Celta: (4-1-4-1) Javi Varas – Jonny, Demidov, Túñez, Lago – Oubiña - Augusto Fernández (Krohn-Dehli 78’), Pranjić, Bermejo (Park 68’), De Lucas (Orellana 55’) - Aspas
Goals: 1-0: (9’) Riki, 2-0: (64’) Sílvio, 3-0: (79’) Salomão, 3-1: (80’) Park
Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo. He showed yellow card to Tuñez (5’), Demidov (13’), Lago (28’), Aythami (43’), Pizzi (81’) and Krohn-Dehli (88’). Iago Aspas was sent off (28’)
Venue: Riazor (30,000)
Other statistics: Ball possession (50% - 50%); Attempts to score (10 – 3); Total shots (17 - 10); Shots on target (8 - 1); Saves by the keepers (0 - 5); Corner-kicks (8 - 3); Offsides (10 - 5); Fouls committed (12 - 19); Passing accuracy (79.87% - 77.35%)

* RESULTS & STANDINGS

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