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REVIEW: DEPORTIVO 0 – CÓRDOBA 1 (LIGA)

25 Aug 2013
First defeat on the Segunda season for Deportivo. The Galician outfit only made one shot on target in the whole game, though it deserved a better outcome before a flat rival, an opponent that had enough being a well-placed team on the pitch.

BEFORE THE GAME
No surprises in the lineup of Fernando Vázquez. It was the expected 4-2-3-1 figure, with Lux at the goal, Laure performing at the right-back position, Manuel Pablo switched to the left sector, while Kaká and Pablo Insua were the centre-backs.

Cezary Wilk was making his debut at Depor joining Álex Bergantiños at midfield, Javier Arizmendi attacked from the left wing, Rudy did it from the right, Juan Dominguez was the playmaker and Luis Fernández was the central striker.

At Córdoba CF, coach Pablo Villa presented the expected 4-4-1-1 draw, with Xisco as the reference in attack, plus a trident Luso-Abel Gómez-López Silva performing at midfield. There was a solid attendance to the Riazor.

FIRST HALF
Dreadful first part for Deportivo. The current problems to build up the team clearly affected the performance as Fernando Vázquez had to improvise the attacking positions. The result was pure impotence as the team barely created scoring chances. The rival started better, but lacked accuracy to damage Depor. The locals felt more encouraged with the passage of the minutes, but they lacked ideas and fluidity to create scoring opportunities.

The game began with the visiting team having the initiative and best opportunities. The biggest chance in the first part was for Xisco; the Majorcan was left alone inside the area after an error of Kaká, the Majorcan collected a drilling cross coming from the left, but then he missed the target from close range (4’).

Depor had big problems to step into the rival’s area, Juan Dominguez wasn’t receiving the ball as the combination between Luso, Abel Gómez and López Silva was controlling midfield territory. Wilk and Álex Bergantiños were losing the battle and to make things worse the defense was showing some cracks.

With the passage of the minutes Depor improved, mainly with Rudy moving by the sides, still it wasn’t enough to create any scoring opportunity. In the end the local team ended playing on long throws searching for Luis, but he was caught offside in a couple of opportunities and in the remaining chances he was unable to face visiting goalie Mikel Saizar

The first –and the biggest chance in the half- for Deportivo came at minute 26, the combination Rudy-Juan Dominguez allowed the Galician midfielder to attempt a crossed shot that was blocked by Saizar

At this point in the game Depor were already having the ball possession. The next opportunity was a cross of Laure that was headed by Arizmendi, the ball was cleared by a rival, though the public reclaimed a possible penalty in the play as the ball hit the hand of Iago Bouzón (32’). The final chance for the locals was a direct free-kick that Luis sent into the wall (43’).

SECOND HALF
A small error cost the game to Deportivo. A naïve defense allowed the goal in a free-kick action, in the rest of the half the team lacked ideas and punch to finalize the plays. Depor ended the game with seven players coming from Fabril, two of them are 17, and it paid the price for it.

Fernando Vázquez wasn’t content with what he saw and ordered a modification at half-time, it was the entry of Juan Carlos Real replacing Arizmendi. The system continued to be a 4-2-3-1, though Juan Carlos was more attached to the centre than to the left wing. This modification was positive as the locals were now a more dynamic team.

The first chance in the half was a wide shot of Rudy (49’). Depor were looking better in this part of the meeting, at minute 51, Luis made a wonderful pass to Rudy, who faced Saizar one-on-one and the visiting goalie blocked the ball. Curiously this turned to be the only shot on goal of Depor in the match, a symptom demonstrating that this remains to be a half-made team, especially in attack. 

Juan Carlos had a couple of opportunities too, but in both he sent the ball over the crossbar. Then Depor’s coach made the second substitution replacing Wilk with Bicho. Little can be said of the Polish on his debut as he barely touched the ball. Meanwhile, the 17-year-old player claimed the role of playmaker, delaying the position of Juan Dominguez. The Blanquiazul outfit dominated the actions and had the ball possession, but it faced the same problem in order to create scoring opportunities.

And just when Deportivo were looking better, Córdoba scored the lonely goal in the game. The visitors seized a counterattack to earn a free-kick action at the edge of the area, there were many protests in this play as Juan Dominguez was fouled during the sequence. And the Galicians defended poorly the set-piece.  Abel Gómez fooled everyone as, instead of throwing a direct shot, he drilled the ball into the area and López Silva just had to beat Lux from close range.

In the rest of the game Depor pushed and was close to score in a couple of opportunities, but beyond been the product of Deportivo’s moves it was more because Córdoba resigned to attack and spent the time locked at their side of the pitch. For the final ten minutes, Dani Iglesias debuted in an official game as he replaced Álex Bergantiños, a move that switched the draw into a 4-1-3-2.

Depor had three chances to score within the final ten minutes, it deserved the equalizer, but it’s also true that the team missed to complete more shots on target. At minute 83, Juan Carlos released a powerful shot from outside the area that missed the goal by inches.

Four minutes later Luis Fernández didn’t arrive in time in order to push in a cross of Juan Carlos. The final opportunity came in a corner-kick action in which no one could push the ball in, including Luis from the corner of the area (90+1’).

AFTER THE GAME
First setback for Depor in la liga; the Galicians played with several youngsters and paid the price for it as there was only one shot on target. Neither Córdoba did too much, only the first ten minutes and one wise free-kick action that meant the three points for them. Rudy was the best player in the first half and Juan Carlos was the best in the second. Dani Iglesias debuted in an official game.

The results are leaving Deportivo at mid-table, on next Sunday the Galicians visit CE Sabadell CF (20h00 CET), though before Real Madrid visit the Riazor in order to play the Teresa Herrera (Thursday).

MATCH STATISTICS
Deportivo: (4-2-3-1) Lux – Laure, Insua, Kaká, Manuel Pablo – Wilk (Bicho 59’), Álex Bergantiños (Dani Iglesias 77’) – Rudy, Juan Domínguez, Arizmendi (Juan Carlos 46’) – Luis.
Córdoba: (4-4-1-1) Saizar - Janse, Iago Bouzón, Fran Cruz, Raúl Bravo – Pedro (Joselu 64’), Luso, Abel, López Silva (Samu de Los Reyes 77’) – Caballero - Xisco (Ayina 81’)
Goal: 0-1: (67’) López Silva
Referee: Jorge Valdés Aller. He showed yellow card to Insua (37’) and López Silva (55’)
Venue: Riazor (21,000)

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