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REVIEW: ALCORCON 1 – DEPORTIVO 2 (LIGA)

24 Feb 2014
Game of ironies at Santo Domingo. The feared set-pieces ended offering a refreshing victory to Depor, while the weird tactics of Fernando Vázquez also influenced in the result as two of the substitutes were involved in the winning goal.

BEFORE THE GAME
As it was tested at the end of the week, coach Fernando Vázquez presented a lineup with the three pivotes at his squad appearing as starters. The other novelty was the first appearance of Nicolas Verdú ‘Toché as a starter. The draw was still a 4-2-3-1 as Juan Dominguez was performing as a playmaker.

Fabricio was at the goal, Laure performed at the right side of the defense. Manuel Pablo covered the left side, while the centre-backs were Insua and Marchena. Midfield was territory for Cezary Wilk and Álex Bergantiños. Diogo Salomão attacked from the right wing, Luisinho did it from the left, Juan Dominguez was the playmaker and Toché was the central attacker.

At AD Alcorcón, coach José Bordalás presenting the expected 4-2-3-1 formation with the novelty of Albert Serrán returning to the centre of the defense. Javito, Óscar Plano and Julián Cerdá ‘Juli’ were the references up front. Around 1,000 Depor’s fans made the trip to Madrid for the game.

FIRST HALF
Poor first half for Depor and the best thing was the result at half-time. The Galicians were simply inexistent in attack and were lucky enough to score at the beginning of the match. AD Alcorcón also missed depth up front, but dominated the game having the best opportunities and was also lucky to score the equalizer just seconds after Depor’s goal. Fernando Vázquez even switched the draw at the end of the half as he didn’t see things clear.

The first approximation was for the locals. A long ball from defense was caught by Óscar Plano inside the area, but he never knew what to do and the ball was caught by Fabricio (2’). Five minutes later the action was repeated as a long throw of Babin found Juli alone but backwards the goal, and his high header was close to end in goal, but Fabricio was there to make the save.

The game was having a slow start, but it was heated through two consecutive goals. First Depor scored in a free-kick action. Juan Dominguez released the shot from the left corner of the area after a foul over Manuel Pablo, his low shot wasn’t cleared by anyone and entered by the far post of local keeper Dani Giménez.

Depor were still celebrating when the Madrilenian outfit scored the equalizer. Juli released a high cross from the left wing, Insua cleared the ball inside the area with a header, but Ángel Sánchez got the loose ball at the edge of the area to score an impressive goal with a crossed shot past Fabricio.

The locals dominated the game after the goals; pressing at midfield and trying to penetrate by the sides. They go a couple of lateral free-kicks in the following minutes after the goals, in one of them Juli completed a shot on target that was stopped by Fabricio (15’).

At minute 23, Luisinho had a new chance for Depor through a direct free-kick, but this time he missed the target. Depor was a flat team in attack. The Galicians were trying to penetrate by the sides, but in the end they were relying in long throws that never found an unmarked man. Salomão wasn’t showing up and neither Juan Dominguez was the solution.

The game was turning to be boring, but got interesting at minute 30. First the locals had a direct-free kick in which the planned play couldn’t be finalized by Óscar Plano and in the counterattack Juan Dominguez completed a shot on target that was saved by Dani Giménez. That was the third and final attacking play of Deportivo on this half.

Depor seemed lost on the pitch, and also Fernando Vázquez on the bench, because the Galician tactician ordered the first substitution at minute 38. Lopo replaced Wilk and the Galicians switched into the system with three centre-backs, more precisely a 5-2-2-1 figure.

SECOND HALF
More luck for Deportivo in this match as the Galician outfit found the victory at the end of the second part after a boring game. The true is that AD Alcorcón lost the impulse of the first half and Depor claimed the control of the ball possession, though without doing too much. Meanwhile, Fernando Vázquez continued with his weird substitutions.

The second half began with the same script: Alcorcón were trying to have the initiative, while Depor were looking lost and misplaced. The presence of three centre-backs was reducing the risks of the long throws released by AD Alcorcón, but the Blanquiazul outfit was still lacking ideas up front.

The first shot of the second part was a corner-kick for Depor that Lopo found inside the area and his attempt was caught by Dani Giménez (53’). One minute later Juan Dominguez attempted from the edge of the area, but he missed the target.

With the passage of the minutes AD Alcorcón lost the intensity of the first part and Depor got the dominion of the game and the ball possession, but the visiting side was still lacking depth and decision to search for the victory. It seemed they were content with the point. So, the game turned to be stuck with two sides that looked confused about how to face this second part. The feeling of desperation was increased by the fact that referee Dámaso Arcediano Monescillo showed ten yellow cards in the game, six of them over Depor’s players.

Then Vázquez ordered the second modification of the game and Antonio Núñez replaced Salomão. The Portuguese was never a factor in this match. Still, the substitution didn’t change the picture, though Núñez was going to be involved in the crucial play that defined the match.

At minute 73’, Toché had a great chance to score after collecting the ball at the right corner of the area, but his strong shot was saved by Dani Giménez. Five minutes later the Murcian striker assisted Luisinho at the edge of the area, but his shot went wide.

The game seemed destined for the final draw and Vázquez made the final change as Bryan Rabello replaced Toché. It wasn’t strange to see the striker leaving as he isn’t at his best physical form, but the weird thing is that a playmaker replaced him. In this way Depor ended the game with a 5-2-2-1 figure, with Rabello acting as a winger and with Núñez moved to the centre of the attack.

Fernando Vázquez, who has been recently criticized for his tactics, was adding reasons to the debate, but ironically two of his three substitutions were going to be involved in the second goal, which again came in the stoppage time.

It was a corner-kick from the left released by Luisinho when the regular time was already over; the ball was found by Núñez at the penalty spot and his header couldn’t be cleared by Dani Giménez, then Albert Lopo found the ball at the far post and he just had to push it in with a new header.

It is the first goal on the season for the Catalan defender and the ninth wearing the shirt of Depor (eight in liga and one in Copa). The game ended with a desperate AD Alcorcón releasing countless crosses into the area, but Depor’s defensive line resolved the aerial strike.

AFTER THE GAME
Very poor presentation of Deportivo, but the outcome was very positive. The team seemed lost and lacked power up front. In the end it was a game of ironies. Throughout the week the recent goals allowed in set-pieces were calling the attention of the fans, and the team ended winning the match with goals that came after a free-kick and a corner-kick. For the second straight game the result changed with a goal scored at the stoppage time and with the substitutes are the main actors, this after coach Fernando Vázquez made strange substitutions that were already awakening some criticism.

Depor remain in direct promotion seats and waiting for the result of SD Eibar. On next weekend the Galician outfit return to the Riazor, this time in order to host relegation-troubled Hércules CF (Sunday, 18h15 CET). Marchena and Laure will miss that game after picking the fifth yellow card of the season.

MATCH STATISTICS
Alcorcón: (4-2-3-1) Dani Giménez - Pau Cendrós, Babin, Serrán, Ángel Sánchez - Rubén Sanz, Jony (Pacheco 83’) – Javito (Fernando Sales 74’), Antonio Martínez, Juli - Óscar Plano (Biton 61’).
Deportivo: (4-2-3-1) Fabricio – Laure, Insua, Marchena, Manuel Pablo – Álex Bergantiños, Wilk (Lopo 39’) – Salomão (Núñez 66’), Juan Domínguez, Luisinho – Toché (Rabello 83’)
Goals: 0-1: (11’) Juan Dominguez, 1-1: (13’) Ángel Sánchez, 1-2: (90+1’) Lopo
Referee: Dámaso Arcediano Monescillo. He showed yellow card to Laure (20’), Ángel Sánchez (21’), Insua (30’), Wilk (36’), Lopo (47’), Antonio Martínez (52’), Marchena (58’), Luisinho (70’), Jony (71’) and Juli (88’)
Venue: Santo Domingo (4,000)
Other statistics: Ball possession (52% - 48%); Attempts to score (4 – 5); Total shots (7 - 9); Shots on target (3 - 4); Saves by the keepers (3 - 2); Corner-kicks (4 - 2); Offsides (2 - 1); Fouls committed (22 - 15); Passing accuracy (86.71% - 84.50%)

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