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REVIEW: DEPOR 1 – ALCORCÓN 0 (LIGA)

23 Sep 2013
Deportivo returned to winning ways and clinched their first victory at the Riazor. The team played really well within the first fifteen minutes, later they lost control of the actions and the defense gave a lesson of strength and solidarity.

BEFORE THE GAME
Coach Fernando Vázquez presented the expected formation, a 4-1-3-2 figure tested during the week at Abegondo. The novelty was to see Juan Carlos as a starter, while Rudy was on the bench for the first time on this season. Álex Bergantiños was making his third straight appearance performing as a centre-back.

Lux was the starting goalie, Laure performed at the right side of the defense, Manuel Pablo was the left-back defender, while Pablo Insua joined Álex at the central positions. Cezary Wilk was the lonely pivote.

Then there was a line of three players, with Juan Dominguez at the centre, Juan Culio on the left and Juan Carlos at the right. Javier Arizmendi was a starter for the sixth straight opportunity, but this time playing behind Borja Bastón.

At Alcorcón, coach Miguel Álvarez opted in a young attacking line, with Óscar Plano and Dani Pacheco leading the attack. Veteran Fernando Sales was bringing the experience, while Catalan Albert Serrán joined French Jean-Sylvain Babin at the centre of the defense.

FIRST HALF
Solid start for Deportivo; the first fifteen minutes are among the best saw at the Riazor on this season, something that was crowned by the great goal scored by Juan Dominguez; after the goal the Galicians were speculating through the counterattack, while Alcorcón had the ball possession, but it never completed a shot on target.

The first chance in the game was for Alcorcón, Óscar Plano got the ball inside the area after an error of Wilk, but he couldn’t define the play from the left corner of the box and sent the ball wide (6’). The first approximation of Depor came at minute 10, Manuel Pablo released a high cross from the left and the header of Borja Bastón went wide.

In the next play Culio released a drilling shot from the edge of the area, the ball hit a rival and visiting goalie Dani Giménez made the save. Depor left a positive impression within the first minutes, moving the ball over the lawn with accuracy and most importantly, leaving a feeling of freshness, though perhaps abusing of the long-distance shots.

And Depor were going to take the lead in their first combinative play inside the area, Wilk got the ball at midfield and assisted Juan Dominguez, who later combined with Juan Carlos and the playmaker drilled the ball into the area, just into the path of Dominguez, who moved in to score from the right corner of the area with a crossed and powerful shot that went into the far post.

This was the first home goal for Deportivo on this season and the first since Nélson Oliveira scored in the stoppage time facing RCD Espanyol (May 19). It means the first goal after 284 minutes in an official competition. 374 minutes including the Teresa Herrera tournament.

Alcorcón tried to react through the set-pieces and penetrations by the sides, in their next chance Sergio Mora surpassed Laure and sent a drilling cross that was deflected (21’), in the resulting corner-kick Nagore headed the ball out.

But Depor was also attacking; Juan Carlos was finding the cracks at the rival’s defense, his combinative game and drilling passes were giving a new view to Depor’s attack, though the Galicians missed more aim to create scoring opportunities. At minute 33, Sergio Mora got the ball at the edge of the area in a rebound after a free-kick, and his attempt missed the target by inches, though Babin was offside.

Depor responded with a header of Borja Bastón after a free-kick of Culio, but it was an easy catch for Dani Giménez (35’). The Galicians spent the last ten minutes locked at their side of the pitch waiting to release a counterattack, while Alcorcón were pushing for the equalizer. The true is that, despite the sense of danger, the Madrilenians never completed a shot on target in this half.

SECOND HALF
The second part was a lesson of defense; the rival was looking dangerous with their quick attacks, Deportivo’s midfield lost control of the game, but the defense never gave a chance to Alcorcon’s attackers. Marchena debuted on the season at the end of the game.

Depor started strongly in the second part; pushing for the second goal, at minute 47 a long ball possession ended with a wide shot of Juan Dominguez, but Alcorcón responded quickly and in the counterattack of that play Los Alfareros had two clear chances.

First with Óscar Plano missing to define the play inside the area, which was cleared by Manuel Pablo. The resulting corner-kick was a weird play, Pacheco released a low cross and the ball hit the near post of Lux, then Wilk blocked the attempt of Plano to clear the danger.

The velocity of the game was briefly stopped after Óscar Plano seemed to suffer a serious injury in a play against Arizmendi, he was stretched off and Sergio Prendes replaced him –later the Madrilenian club confirmed he only suffered a strong hit in the head- The game regained the pace and the Madrilenians had their best chance in the game. Fernando Sales collected a pass of Pacheco and he crossed Lux, but his drilling attempt just went close to the far post (60’).

Then Arizmendi was replaced. The Madrilenian was dragging a muscle problem after an exhausting game, not too much in attack, but a lot of hard work pressing up front. He was replaced by Luis Fernández.

If something should be emphasized from this game is the solid defensive work, no mismatches at defense this time, high concentration in the set-pieces and leadership by Insua, plus the accuracy of Álex Bergantiños, which was complemented with the sacrifice of Manuel Pablo and Laure.

The outcome was to see Alcorcón without completing a shot on target in the game, and this taking in mind they were looking dangerous with their fast attacks. Still, Depor’s defense committed two errors in this half, and the Madrilenians were close to capitalize them.

At minute 71, a long pass of Babin caught Deportivo by surprise, the defense was playing with the offside (they caused five in the whole game), but Cristian Alfonso beat the trap, luckily his long-distance attempt missed the target. Five minutes later there was a ‘pinball’ play at Deportivo’s area, five players missed to clear the ball and suddenly Sergio Prendes was left alone before Lux, but Insua arrived from behind to save his team. The ex-Fabril is looking better with the passage of time, in this game he was the leader of the defense.

In the middle of both goal attempts, Bicho replaced Borja Bastón, a modification that switched the draw into a 4-2-3-1. The young playmaker added some depth the attack, but Los Blanquiazules never had a clear goal attempt in the last stretch of the meeting.

Neither Alcorcón had a clear opportunity despite they were pushing hard. The game ended with Depor playing with a line of five defenders, this after Marchena debuted on the season replacing Juan Carlos.

AFTER THE GAME
First home win on the season for Deportivo. The Galicians completed a great start playing good football within the first fifteen minutes; after the goal the locals lost the control over the actions, but the solid defensive work avoided problems as Alcorcón barely gave trouble to German Lux.

The three points are leaving Deportivo at mid-table, only one point behind the promotion zone at Liga Adelante. On next Sunday the Galicians travel to the Rico Pérez stadium in order to face Hércules CF (12h00 CET).

MATCH STATISTICS
Deportivo: (4-4-2) Lux – Laure, Álex, Insua, Manuel Pablo – Juan Carlos (Marchena 81’), Wilk, Juan Domínguez, Culio – Arizmendi (Luis Fernández 59’), Borja Bastón (Bicho 75’).
Alcorcón: (4-2-3-1) Dani Giménez - Nagore, Babin, Serrán, Ángel Sánchez - Rubén Sanz (Antonio Martinez 87’), Sergio Mora (Juli 70’) - Fernando Sales, Cristian Alfonso,  Pacheco – Óscar Plano (Sergio Prendes 56’)
Goal: 1-0: (13’) Juan Dominguez
Referee: Francisco Manuel Arias López. He showed yellow card to Nagore (15’), Borja Bastón (30’), Wilk (62’), & Insua (85')
Venue: Riazor (23,000)
Other statistics: Ball possession (51% - 49%); Attempts to score (5 – 4); Total shots (11 - 8); Shots on target (3 - 0); Saves by the keepers (0 - 2); Corner-kicks (2 - 5); Offsides (0 - 5); Fouls committed (10 - 15); Passing accuracy (75.52% - 78.21%)

* RESULTS & STANDINGS 

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