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REVIEW: SD EIBAR 2 – DEPORTIVO 1 (LIGA)

16 Dec 2013
Bad game of Deportivo at Ipurúa; the Galicians had a poor first part and improved in the second, but never knowing how to attack a rival that was well planted. The countless crosses just brought a goal. Depor remain as the leaders at Segunda.

BEFORE THE GAME
Fernando Vázquez presented the expected draw for the game; a 4-1-4-1 figure in which he chose Borja Bastón for the centre of the attack. The big novelty was that Diego Seoane was the starting right winger. In this way it was a figure with four full-backs, just like it happened in the visit to Recreativo de Huelva (matchday 13)

Lux was the starting keeper; Laure performed at the right side of the defense, Manuel Pablo played on the left, Kaká and Marchena were the centre-backs; Álex Bergantiños was the centre midfielder, Seoane covered the right wing, Luisinho was on the left, Culio and Juan Dominguez were the playmakers and Borja Bastón was the central attacker.

At SD Eibar, coach Gaizka Gaditano presented the expected 4-2-3-1 figure with the only novelty of Aitor Arregi playing at the centre of the defense. José Luis Morales, José Ignacio ´Jota’ Peleteiro and Mikel Arruabarrena were the references in attack. Around 150 Depor’s fans traveled to the Basque country for the match.

FIRST HALF
Another poor first part by Deportivo. The Galician team was asleep and never created any harm before a shy rival that got encouraged with the passage of the minutes. There were only a few scoring opportunities and the main ones were for the Basque outfit.

Nothing special occurred within the first ten minutes. Both sides were analyzing each other and there were no scoring opportunities. The first approximation of Depor was a free-kick in which Culio assisted Seoane, but the Galician defender headed the ball out (8’).

One minute later Los Blanquiazules completed the first shot on target in the game; Laure made a long run on the right wing and released a low cross that Culio couldn’t control, but the loose ball went into the path of Juan Dominguez, who fired on target and the shot was blocked by local goalie Xabi Irureta. Promising start, but the true is that it was the lonely shot on target of Depor in this half. Actually, the next shot on goal for the visiting team came until the last minute in the game.

Arruabarrena had the first chance for his team heading the ball during a free-kick action, but he missed the target (11’). The locals looked too navy and were not seizing the ball possession, tough later this picture changed. Depor, meanwhile, were showing the same offensive problems of past meetings. Only Culio and Luisinho were bringing danger on the left sector.

The first clear chance for Eibar was a lateral free-kick in which Raúl Navas headed the ball on target, but Lux was there to make the save(19’). With the passage of the minutes the Basques begin to look more dangerous and claimed the control of the actions; in this sense Morales had the next opportunity with a drilling shot from the edge of the area that was caught by Lux 20’).

Culio could have been sent off at minute 24 after elbowing Morales, but referee José María Sánchez just booked him. After this controversial play the Argentine man disappeared from the pitch, just like the rest of the team.

At minute 30, Borja Bastón had his first opportunity in the game after collecting a cross of Luisinho, but his shot from the edge of the area missed the target. Three minutes later the Basques had a good chance to claim the lead. It was a cross from the left that Arrabuarena connected inside the box, his crossed attempt beat Lux, but Kaká was at the goal line to clear the danger.

And the deserved lead for Eibar came at the edge of half-time; Kijera released a high cross from the left wing, the ball fell in the middle of three defenders, who just saw how Mikel Arruabarrena came to the edge of the area to release and accurate and drilling shot past Lux.

It was only the second goal allowed by Depor in a first part and the tenth on the season; Depor tried to push within the final five minutes, but without creating any clear opportunity.  Actually, the Basques were closer to score in a couple of counterattacks that were cleared by the defense.

SECOND HALF
The situation was better for the visiting team in this half in the sense that they had the ball possession and the initiative, but the problem is that Vázquez’s team never created any harm, they just based their strategy in releasing crosses that were always cleared by the rival, they scored the goal in one of them, but by then it was already the minute 90 and the score was 2-0.

Depor looked better at the beginning of the second part; the Galicians were pushing for the equalizer and had the ball possession. Their first chance in the half was a later free-kick of Culio, but the curved shot of the Argentine man went over the crossbar (48’).

The game became much more entertaining; because Depor put the missed velocity in the first part and was constantly penetrating by the right side, while the Basques were looking dangerous with their counterattacks searching for Depor’s cracks.  The problem for the Galicians is that never found the way to surpass the local defensive line with the chance to release a shot on target.

Local coach Garitano didn’t like what he saw and decided to put a new midfielder on the pitch as Jon Errasti replaced Morales. Still, the game continued in the same path with Depor getting desperate with the passage of the minutes.

The problem for Depor was the countless crosses without aim. Totally the team completed 44 crosses in the whole game, and this stat was only transformed into two shots on target. The Galicians had the initiative and the ball, but was clueless as it never knew how to break the deadlock.

Fernando Vázquez also lasted too much in making the changes; the first one was made when only fifteen minutes were remaining . Luis claimed the spot of Manuel Pablo, a modification that switched the draw into a 4-4-2.

The second substitution was the entry of Antonio Núñez replacing Seoane, but only seconds later the locals scored the second goal in a counterattack action. Gilvan Gomez made the run on the left wing and his low cross found Arruabarrena, who beat Kaká at the far post to score his brace from close range.

Depor were already defeated and continued having the ball possession but without translating the dominance into scoring chances. Rudy replaced Culio for the final minutes and suddenly the visiting team found a goal. Núñez released the cross from the left, Kaká tried to connect the ball at the near post, but he missed it and Luis Fernández was coming from behind to score the goal from close range. It’s his third goal in liga.

It was too late for the Blanquiazul outfit. The goal came at minute 90 and Depor didn’t have more chances as Eibar perfectly dominated the tempos keeping the ball at Depor’s side of the field for the final two minutes in the stoppage time.

AFTER THE GAME
Poor game of Deportivo on the road. The Galicians had a poor first part and were unable to overcome the result despite claiming the ball possession in the second part. They had everything in favour for the final 45 minutes, but their countless crosses never created any harm, only at the last minute, but it was too late to rescue a point. Fernando Vázquez also lasted too much in changing a scheme that never worked out.

This is the fifth defeat of Depor in the league season, the loss is cutting a streak of six straight games without set-backs, though Deportivo keep the leadership after the draw of Recreativo de Huelva. The Galicians close the year 2013 on next Saturday hosting CD Numancia at the Riazor (18h00 CET).

MATCH STATISTICS
Eibar: (4-2-3-1) Irureta - Bóveda, Arregi, Raúl Navas, Kijera – Dani García, Diego Rivas (Diego Jiménez 71’) – Jota, Arruabarena, Gilvan (Capa 81’) – Morales (Errasti 58’).
Deportivo: (4-1-4-1) Lux – Laure, Kaká, Marchena, Manuel Pablo (Luis 72’) – Álex Bergantiños – Seoane (Núñez 77’), Juan Domínguez, Culio (Rudy 85’), Luisinho - Borja Bastón.
Goals: 1-0: (39’) Arruabarrena, 2-0: (78’) Arruabarrena, 2-1: (90’) Luis
Referee: José María Sánchez Martínez. He showed yellow card to Culio (24’), Luisinho (44’), Gilvan (81’) and Errasti (83’)
Venue: Ipurúa (3,000)
Other statistics: Ball possession (41% - 59%); Attempts to score (7 – 4); Total shots (14 - 6); Shots on target (4 - 2); Saves by the keepers (1 - 3); Corner-kicks (4 - 6); Offsides (6 - 0); Fouls committed (23 - 11); Passing accuracy (83.54% - 88.28%)

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