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30 Apr 2013
Equal match between two teams that gave everything for the victory; still the point isn’t enough to fulfill the aspirations of both sides. Riki scored his 13th goal on the season, but later Molina equalized at the beginning of the second part.

Coach Fernando Vázquez presented the expected lineup for the game; the only change compared to the previous meeting against Athletic Bilbao was the return of Abel Aguilar to midfield. Dani Aranzubia was the starting goalkeeper, Manuel Pablo covered the right-back position, Sílvio Azevedo performed at the left side, while Kaká and Aythami Artiles were the centre-backs.

Juan Dominguez joined Colombian Aguilar at midfield territory, Bruno Gama attacked by the right wing, Pizzi did it from the left, Juan Carlos Valerón was the playmaker at the team and Riki was the central attacker.

At Real Betis, coach Pepe Mel presented a novelty at the starting squad; Colombian Dorlan Pabón was on the bench and his spot was for Jorge Molina, who was the one that scored the goal in the previous 1-3 loss at Real Madrid. Ex-Depor Rubén Castro was the main reference in attack, while Fabricio and Rubén Pérez were on the bench.

Before the kick-off, Real Betis pay a tribute to José Luis Vara. He’s a former captain of Depor that died in 2009. Vara never played with Depor at Primera, but did it with the Andalusian team. He made 214 appearances at Segunda with the Galicians (56 goals scored).

Recital of Deportivo within the first twenty minutes; the Galicians did the right things as they annulled the game of the rival and at the same time moved the ball at will, the work was completed as Riki scored an early goal that gave the lead. But later the home team pushed strongly and Depor’s defense showed some cracks, still they kept the score until half-time

Moved game since the kick-off; Depor were trying to attack through quick transitions defense-attack and their passing game, while Betis were trying to exploit the wings, with both Campbell and Vadillo. But they were surprised as the aids at Deportivo were blocking all the roads to Aranzubia.

And the side that struck first was Depor; the locals were throwing a corner-kick and the ball ended at the boots of Juan Dominguez, who unleashed the counterattack that allowed Riki to run across the pitch eluding three rivals to end scoring the goal with a marvelous shot going directly into the right-top corner of local goalie Adrián San Miguel. It’s the thirteen goal for Riki playing on the Primera campaign. The last Depor’s player that reached this mark at Primera was Walter Pandiani (2003/04).

The game was settled since this point; Betis were trying to claim the ball possession, while Depor spent the time releasing dangerous counterattacks, but also moving the ball with quick and short passes. At minute 15, Bruno Gama collected the ball at the right corner of the area, but his final shot went wide. At this moment the Galicians were the better team on the pitch.

Betis reacted until minute 25, the Andalusians had a double chance, first with Beñat missing the goal by inches in a direct free-kick, two minutes later Campbell missed the target from close range after collecting a drilling cross coming from the right. It was then than Depor’s defense showed some cracks, something that Los Verdiblancos were going to seize in order to claim control of the actions.

At minute 29, the visiting team had a great chance to score the second goal; it was a free-kick action that ended with Aythami heading the ball on target, and Adrián made a great save. Four minutes later Campbell showed up again and completed the first shot on target for his team, but his drilling attempt was stopped by Aranzubia.

Both sides had a chance to score within the final five minutes, at the local team Cañas headed out a corner of Beñat (41’), and Riki wasted a counterattack action, similar to the goal but on the left side, this time the Madrilenian marksman hit the net by the outside (44’)

Deportivo lowered the performance for the second part; the defense committed several mistakes, luckily Betis could only seize one opportunity to score the equalizer. Both sides made a big sacrifice and deserved a better outcome rather than collect a point.

The second part begun with the entry of Dorlan Pabón replacing youngster Vadillo; the game followed the same path of the first half ending. At minute 47, Colombian Pabón was close to score after collecting the ball from an individual play of Rubén Castro, but his drilling attempt missed the target.

And just two minutes later the locals were going to score the equalizer; Jorge Molina appeared for the first time in the game to enter the area, elude both Kaká and Ze Castro to end crossing  Aranzubia with a drilling shot. At this point Kaka was looking overwhelmed by the moves of the locals.

The goal just accentuated the roles of both teams as Betis was harassing Depor’s area, while the visiting was looking dangerous in the counterattack, like the solo-play of Riki that was cleared by the local defense (51’), in the resulting corner-kick Aythami had an attempt to score, but his header was caught by Adrián.

At minute 58, Jorge Molina showed up for the second time to collect a cross of Campbell, but this time his header went wide. The game became frantic, with Depor moving the ball with some ease, but without any depth. Meanwhile, the locals lost some of their stamina and were missing to shot on target, actually they didn’t complete any shot on goal after scoring the equalizer.

Their only chance in the coming minutes was a new free-kick for Beñat that passed close to the crossbar (66’). Depor scored a goal at minute 70, but it was ruled offside after Riki collected the ball inside the box after a collective play for the Galicians. That was the best action of Fernando Vázquez’s side during this half.

The true is that Depor’s defense committed several mistakes that were close to cost a goal, but at the same time the defense had a solid performance clearing the danger in several opportunities. The rest were just errors of Betis at the moment of shooting on target. This fact was very noticed within the final ten minutes.

Vázquez reserved the changes for the final ten minutes; first Nélson Oliveira replaced Valerón, a move that turned the draw into a 4-4-2, but it was momentary as Ze Castro replaced Riki, a move that pushed Juan Dominguez to the playmaking function leaving some kind of triangle figure at the centre of the defense.

At minute 81, Rubén Castro, very active but without aim throughout the game, had a good chance to score after a failed clearance of Aythami, but the striker missed the target. Four minutes later the same action was repeated as a bad pass of Sílvio ended in the boots of Beñat, who also missed the goal from the edge of the area.

In the middle of these two plays it occurred the only appearance of Nélson Oliviera, who fought hard for the ball until collecting it at the left corner of the box, but his drilling attempt was saved by Adrián (84’). The final opportunity in the game was a crossed shot of Molina from the edge of the area and after a new bad clearance of Depor, but the striker missed the target. The game ended with Camuñas replacing Pizzi, who was close to be send off after a tough tackled over Beñat (he already had picked a yellow card for protesting).

Depor extended their unbeaten streak to six Primera matches after a solid display visiting one of the more regular teams in la liga. Still, it can be interpreted as a “not too good” result after the victories of the direct rivals and after Depor dominating the game at the beginning. But the Galicians seem on the right track to clinch the salvation.

Depor are now 17th at the standings, marking the frontier between life and death only one point above the pit. The team returns to the Riazor in order to host Atlético Madrid on Saturday (22h00 CET). For this game Fernando Vázquez is losing Pizzi and Sílvio due to their loan contract –Pizzi also picked the fifth yellow card of the season- Abel Aguilar will also miss the clash due to suspension.

Betis: (4-2-3-1) Adrián – Chica, Perquis (Mario 53’), Amaya, Nacho – Cañas, Beñat – Campbell (Juan Carlos 63’), Molina, Vadillo (Pabón 46’) - Rubén Castro
Deportivo: (4-2-3-1) Aranzubia – Manuel Pablo, Kaká, Aythami, Sílvio – Abel Aguilar, Juan Dominguez – Bruno Gama, Valerón (Oliveira 77’), Pizzi (Camuñas 90+1’) – Riki (Ze Castro 81’)
Goals: 0-1: (6’) Riki, 1-1: (49’) Molina
Referee: Jesús Gil Manzano. He showed yellow card to Cañas (28’), Aythami (37’), Vadillo (42’), Abel Aguilar (58’), Campbell (62’), Chica (68’), Nacho (69’), Pizzi (76’) & Oliveira (90+2’).
Venue: Benito Villamarín (25,000)
Other statistics: Ball possession (50% - 50%); Attempts to score (8 – 8); Total shots (20 - 12); Shots on target (4 - 6); Saves by the keepers (5 - 3); Corner-kicks (8 - 3); Offsides (2 - 4); Fouls committed (17 - 19); Passing accuracy (83.17% - 80.92%)




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