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REVIEW: DEPORTIVO 0 – REAL MURCIA 1 (LIGA)

09 Sep 2013
Déjà vu. Deportivo missed freshness in attack and, as it happened against Córdoba CF, it ended up losing against a limited rival that just seized the only opportunity they had, which again was a set-piece poor defended by Depor.

BEFORE THE GAME
Coach Fernando Vázquez sent the expected 4-2-3-1 lineup, with Uxío Marcos being the fourth Fabril’s player debuting on this season. The centre-back was also the fourth Depor’s player that debuts at the first team after beginning his career at Alevines; the previous three were Iago Beceiro, Juan Carlos & Bicho.

Lux was at the goal, Laure performed at the right-back position, Luisinho played at the left, while Pablo Insua was joining his all-time partner Uxio at the centre of the defense.  Another couple made up at Fabril, Juan Dominguez and Álex Bergantiños, were playing at midfield.

In attack, Rudy attacked from the right wing, Javier Arizmendi did it from the left flank, Juan Culio was the playmaker in the formation and Borja Bastón was the central attacker in his first official game at the Riazor.

At Real Murcia, coach Julio Velázquez, was going to replace Mauro Dos Santos with Joan Guillem Truyols, but the other central defender, Óscar Sánchez, was dragging a last-minute muscle problem and stayed out of the game, so Mauro and Truyols were the centre-backs. Kike Garcia was the main reference in attack.

FIRST HALF
Not a bad first part for Depor, the missed fluidity against Córdoba CF was finally back, but this time the team missed precision and more aim to finalize the plays. What didn’t change is the lack of concentration defending the set-pieces, because in this way the Murcians scored the lonely goal in game in their only opportunity to score.

The first minutes were calmed. There was fluidity as Depor was trying to make quick passes, but there were no scoring opportunities within the first ten minutes. Just a wide shot of Murcia’s Eddy from the edge of the area that missed the target.

Depor’s first opportunity came at minute 13, Culio drilled the ball into the area and into the path of Borja Bastón, the Madrilenian striker tried to drill the ball under the body of visiting goalie Casto Espinosa, but the attempt was too soft and the goalie cleared the danger. Two minutes later Kike García released a drilling shot that was too easy for Lux. That was the only time in which the current Pichichi of Segunda appeared before Deportivo’s goal.

The locals started to grow in the game, while the Murcians were locked at their side of the pitch. Arizmendi didn’t seize a one-on-one action before Casto (19’) and the goal seemed close to arrive, and it arrived but surprisingly it was at the opposite goal. Once again in an error defending a set-piece.

Insua committed a foul at the right wing and then Saúl Berjón threw the free-kick. All Deportivo’s players were waiting for the ball at the box, but instead the attacker released a low cross into the edge of the area, and Catalan Albert Dorca was there to release a low shot that ended at the back of the net. Another innocent error that tuned to be really expensive.

The script of the game didn’t change and Deportivo continued dominating the actions; at minute 25, Borja Bastón was close to score with a strong shot from the edge of the area that Casto cleared over the crossbar.

Depor weren’t playing a bad game, Culio and Rudy were incisive, while before the 30-minute mark Borja Bastón already had two clear opportunities to score, but the point is that Fernando Vázquez’s team missed more accuracy to transform the dominion into scoring opportunities. After all they only made three shots on goal in this half, and when the accuracy showed up then Casto was there to make the saves for the visiting side.

Within the last fifteen minutes the attention was focused in referee José Ramón Piñeiro, who didn’t whistle a clear penalty of Truyols over Culio (30’), and later booked the Argentine man and also captain Álex Bergantiños for protesting.

Deportivo continued pushing and there were other four scoring opportunities within the last ten minutes; in the first Borja Bastón found the ball at the left corner of the box, he turned off, but his crossed shot missed the target (36’).

Two minutes later Rudy couldn’t resolve an individual play inside the area, then Álex Bergantiños fired the ball wide from long-distance (44’) and the last opportunity was the third shot on target of the Galicians. Culio threw a lateral free-kick and Arizmendi headed the ball downwards, but Casto cleared the ball to corner-kick.

SECOND HALF
There was the hope Deportivo were going to have more aim in the second part, but it wasn’t like that; actually the Galicians lost the freshness of the first part and barely created any opportunity against a limited, but at the same time ordered rival.

Just seconds after the kick-off, Culio made a great play on the left wing and his high cross was headed over the crossbar by Borja Bastón. Things didn’t change in the second half: Depor were having the ball possession and Murcia were locked at their side of the pitch, though having big problems to block the combinative game of the locals.

At minute 51, Rudy eluded three rivals at the edge of the area and released a drilling shot that was too easy for Casto. That was going to be the fourth and last shot on target for the Galicians in the game. Precisely that was the problem for Depor: too much ball control, but zero aim and neither plays inside the area. A good stat is the comparison of shots and shots on target during the full game: 17-4.

At minute 59, Depor had the clearest chance in the second part. Insua missed the opportunity to equalize the game after Arizmendi made a great solo play on the left wing, the attacker ended releasing a high cross that the centre-back headed out from the box just when Casto was already beaten.

To mention that Uxio and Insua made a solid work in their first game together at the first team, both were cutting the danger at the precise moment and didn’t commit errors, though it’s also true that Real Murcia didn’t give any problem, only a couple of counterattacks.

 But the main problem was focused in Depor’s attack. With the passage of the minutes the locals began to fade away after their strong start in the second half. Neither Culio nor Rudy were showing up, while Borja Bastón was too alone at the centre.

For this reason Fernando Vázquez ordered the first substitution and Juan Carlos replaced Rudy. But by the time Depor were already a dead team, lacking ideas and depth. To make things worse the Murcians were wasting time with their fouls, twenty in the whole game and nine over Culio, who was the most punished player on the field.

At minute 78, Arizmendi put the ball at the far post after  a long play on the left wing, but Juan Carlos didn’t arrive on time to push the ball in. The last two modifications were made within the last ten minutes. Bicho and Luis replaced Álex Bergantiños and Arizmendi, but it didn’t add the needed aim to equalize the game. Depor only created one more chance to score and it was a deflected header of Borja Bastón that was too easy for Casto (86’).

AFTER THE GAME
Second straight defeat at the Riazor and second time the Galicians end scoreless playing at home. It’s a painful result as the only thing did by Real Murcia was to seize a new distraction in a set-piece. The Blanquiazul outfit played a decent first half, but in the second they fell down victim of its one impotence.

It’s the first time since the season 1988/89 in which Deportivo lose two straight home matches during a Segunda season. The result pulls the team out of the promotion zone, on next Sunday Deportivo visit Sporting Gijón (El Molinón, 17h00 CET), but before the team debuts in Copa Del Rey on Wednesday visiting Córdoba CF (Nuevo Arcángel stadium, 21h30 CET). It’s a one-leg series match.

MATCH STATISTICS
Deportivo: (4-2-3-1) Lux – Laure, Insua, Uxío, Luisinho – Álex Bergantiños (Bicho 82’), Juan Domínguez – Rudy (Juan Carlos 71’), Culio, Arizmendi (Luis 84’) – Borja Bastón.
Murcia: (4-2-3-1) Casto - Molinero, Truyols, Mauro Dos Santos, Álex Martínez - Acciari, Dorca – Eddy (Albiol 46’), Tete, Saúl (Wellington 85’) - Kike García (Iván Moreno 73’).
Goal: 0-1: (22’) Dorca
Referee: José Ramón Piñeiro Crespo. He showed yellow card to Eddy (14’), Molinero (22’), Culio (33’), Álex Bergantiños (34’), Acciari (52’), Uxío (56’), Saul Berjón (62’) and Dorca (80’)
Venue: Riazor (20,000)
Other statistics: Ball possession (61% - 39%); Attempts to score (10 – 1); Total shots (17 - 4); Shots on target (4 - 1); Saves by the keepers (0 - 4); Corner-kicks (11 - 2); Offsides (1 - 4); Fouls committed (16 - 20); Passing accuracy (83.31% - 69.14%)

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