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REVIEW: BARCELONA B 0 – DEPORTIVO 1 (LIGA)

14 Oct 2013
Suffered victory for Depor; the Galicians scored an early goal and spent the major part of the time protecting the result. Once again the team demonstrated its offensive problems, but the performance of the defense was flawless.

BEFORE THE GAME
Coach Fernando Vázquez presented the expected formation, with Kaká and Arizmendi as the main novelties compared to the past game played at the Riazor. German Lux was the starting goalie, Laure and Manuel Pablo were the full-backs, while Álex Bergantiños joined Kaká at the centre of the defense.

Cezary Wilk was the lonely pivote, Juan Dominguez and Juan Culio were the playmakers in the formation, Rudy attacked from the right wing, Javier Arizmendi did it from the left and Borja Bastón was the central attacker.

At Barcelona B, coach Eusebio Sacristan presented the expected lineup with the only novelty of striker Sandro Ramírez playing as a starter and attacking from the right wing. The references up front were Dani Nieto and ex-Celta Denis Suárez.

FIRST HALF
The perfect start for Depor; the Galicians scored an early goal and spent the rest of the first half locked at their area waiting to define the game through a counterattack. The game turned to be boring as neither the Catalans nor the Galicians created too many opportunities due to their problems in attack.

The goal just lasted one and a half minutes; Rudy made the play on the left wing, he tried to assist Borja Bastón and a defender cleared the danger, but his soft clearance went directly into the path of Juan Culio, who fired a strong shot from the left corner of the box and into the roof of the net.

The early advantage put the game where Depor wanted: Los Blanquiazules were waiting at their side of the pitch trying to make more damage through the counterattack. The Catalan youngsters had the ball possession, but lacked depth and aim to create clear scoring opportunities. The game turned to be boring as Deportivo also had problems with their passes (the accuracy was only 75.79% in the first half)..

At least Depor were looking dangerous in set-pieces; at minute 14, Rudy couldn’t define properly a play after a corner-kick of Culio, previously the Argentine released another corner that had to be cleared by a defender.

The first shot on target for Barca B came at minute 20, Javier Espinoza found the ball at midfield and tried to surprise Lux with a long-range shot, but the Argentine keeper was well placed to catch the ball. The locals were having big problems to step into the area; it was remarkable taking in mind that they had a 75% of the ball possession, at least in the first stages of the match.

At Depor the problem was the lack of accuracy in the crosses of Arizmendi and Rudy, because the Galicians were recovering the ball pretty easily and only the missed passes prevented Depor to make more damage.

At minute 29, Wilk found the ball at the edge of the area after a play of Arizmendi and Rudy, but the shot of the Polish midfielder went over the crossbar. The Catalans responded with a couple of individual moves, but Kaká first and later Álex Bergantiños cleared the danger. At minute 36, Denis Suárez had a chance in a direct free-kick action, but he sent the ball out.

That attempt encouraged the local team and they pressed within the final five minutes; and their best chance came at minute 42, Denis Suárez made a great play inside the area eluding three rivals and his drilling cross from the left went directly into the path of Dani Nieto, who fired from the box and Lux made a great save stopping the ball from close range.

SECOND HALF
Barcelona B continued pushing in the second part, but the Catalan youngsters never found the way to break the Galician deadlock. The Galician offense continued with its awful presentation, though the defense made a solid work, Lux also had a couple of important saves.

The second part began as the first ended: Barca B trying to press before a Deportivo that was delayed on the pitch. At minute 52, there was a new free-kick attempt for the locals, this time Dani Nieto released the shot and it hit the crossbar after the ball was deflected by a defender.

Seven minutes later the Catalans had a new attempt in a direct free-kick, but this time Sandro sent the ball wide. At minute 60, Dani Nieto lead a counterattack that almost meant the equalizer, but the dangerous cross of the attacker missed a receiver.

Barcelona B were the clear dominator of the actions, though the true is that they only created danger in set-pieces and in a couple of counterattacks. Depor looked as solid in defense as flat in attack.  Rudy and Arizmendi were having a very poor game, while Culio and Juan Dominguez were barely showing up. The Argentine made a decent game, though he missed more company.

At minute 73, substitute Joan Román was close to score after a great play of another substitute, Adama Traoré, but his shot from the left corner of the box went out. Five minutes later Lux made a great save clearing a crossed shot of Patric Gabarrón. The entry of Adama changed the game, because the winger gave a lot of problems to Manuel Pablo. So, for the final fifteen minutes the locals were creating danger in normal plays and were no longer depending of the set-pieces. The problem is that they never transformed the dominion into shots on target.

The only chance for Depor in the second half was a header of Arizmendi after a cross of Rudy, it turned to be an easy catch for local goalie Jordi Masip. The rest of the game was a festival of inaccuracies and errors in the passes, in the end the accuracy was only 72.93% in the whole game, the worst so far on the season. The visiting team suffered within the last ten minutes, but it was more for the narrow score than by the attacks of the Catalan youngsters.

Fernando Vázquez made his three substitutions within the final ten minutes, first he replaced Arizmendi with Marchena, a move that switched the draw into a 5-4-1, then Juan Carlos claimed the spot of Borja Bastón and Luis Fernández entered for Rudy.

AFTER THE GAME
Deportivo suffered to achieve a new win outside the Riazor. Los Blanquiazules scored an early goal in the first half and later spent the time defending before a skillful team that lacked aim and ideas. The offensive line was flat, which allowed the rival to have the ball possession. The defense made another great game and clinched a new clean sheet. In this way the Galicians continued with their impressive run away from home; actually, the last time Depor won 4 of the first 5 liga games played on the road was during the Segunda season 1963/64.

Another factor to have in mind is that Lux has spent 381 minutes without allowing a goal. It’s the best mark at the club since the season 2009/10 (415 minutes, matchdays 3-8). On next Sunday, Real Zaragoza visit the Riazor (12h00 CET), but before Deportivo return to Copa Del Rey visiting Real Jaén (Wednesday, 19h30 CET, Nuevo Estadio de La Victoria).

MATCH STATISTICS
Barcelona B: (4-2-3-1) Masip - Patric, Ilie, Planas, Lucas (Román 73’) - Samper, Espinosa (Pol Calvet 46’) - Sandro, Edu Bedia (Adama Traoré 65’), Denis Suárez - Dani Nieto
Deportivo: (4-1-4-1) Lux – Laure, Kaká, Álex Bergantiños, Manuel Pablo – Wilk – Rudy (Luis 90’), Juan Domínguez, Culio, Arizmendi (Marchena 82’) – Borja Bastón (Juan Carlos 85’).
Goal: 0-1: (1’) Culio
Referee: Antonio Santos Pargaña. He showed yellow card to Dani Nieto (40’), Laure (48’) and Lux (77’)
Venue: Min Stadi (5,580)
Other statistics: Ball possession (66% - 34%); Attempts to score (8 – 5); Total shots (15 - 7); Shots on target (3 - 2); Saves by the keepers (1 - 3); Corner-kicks (14 - 3); Offsides (2 - 0); Fouls committed (8 - 14); Passing accuracy (87.28% - 72.93%)

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