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REVIEW: ZARAGOZA 0 – DEPORTIVO 1 (LIGA)

24 Mar 2014
Important win for Depor playing away from home. Despite the narrow score, the Galicians didn’t suffer before a crippled rival that only completed two shots on target. Deportivo remain in direct promotion seats.

BEFORE THE GAME
This time there were no surprises in the lineup presented by Fernando Vázquez, Sissoko and Luis Fernández were starters and the draw was a 4-2-3-1. The only novelty was the presence of Juan Carlos, though it was something tested during the trainings.

Lux was the starting keeper, Laure performed at the right side of the defense, Seoane covered the left sector, Insua and Lopo were the centre-backs. Álex Bergantiños and Juan Dominguez were the centre midfielders, Juan Carlos and Rabello played on the wings, Sissoko was the playmaker and Luis was the central attacker.

At Real Zaragoza, new coach Víctor Múñoz presented the expected formation, with the novelties of Víctor Laguardia performing at the centre of the defense and Luis García in attack. The other reference up front were Javi Álamo, Francisco Montañes and Roger Martí.

FIRST HALF
Solid performance by Deportivo during an equal first part. The team continued to lack power up front, but the trio of playmakers on the pitch was more active and the team didn’t look broken in two as it happened in past games. Depor even enjoyed of some luck in the goal, which was also a great play by Laure.

The game started with Deportivo having the ball possession. The locals seemed a little distracted at the back zone, but the Galicians didn’t create any opportunity within the first ten minutes. Actually the first big opportunity in the game was for the Aragonians, Montañes released a cross from the right and Roger couldn’t head the ball properly (7’).

Depor’s first attempt in the game was a free-kick of Rabello that Pablo Insua headed over the crossbar (13’). The Chilean playmaker, together with Juan Carlos and Sissoko, were pretty active, reason why the team was having more depth compared to previous game, though it was still missing to create scoring opportunities.

With the passage of the minutes the game turned to be equal. Depor were moving the ball with criterion, always with drilling and short passes, but missing depth, while Zaragoza was faster with their attacks, but was having the same problem than the visiting team as they lacked definition and more creativity.

The first shot on target came at minute 23; a drilling lateral free-kick from Diego Rico couldn’t be caught by Lux and Álvaro was there in the attempt to push the ball in, but Depor’s keeper reacted and deflected the ball to corner-kick. Five minutes later Lux made another vital save after a drilling pass of Luis Garcia left Roger alone before the Argentine keeper.

And then Depor scored the lonely goal in the match. It was a brilliant move by Laure, who was assisted by Sissoko to end completing a big run on the left wing entering the area, then he assisted Juan Dominguez, who returned the ball to see the Madrilenian releasing a low shot, the ball hit the right post and then the back of local goalie Leo Franco, luckily the ball went in.

Zaragoza tried to react and Luis García had a great chance to tie the score, but he couldn’t release a proper shot after collecting a strong cross coming from the right (34’). Two minutes later Luis Fernández had a great opportunity after collecting a pass from Seoane, but he couldn’t surpass Leo Franco.

Luis Fernández was also an important player in this half, 4 of the 12 fouls suffered by the team were committed over him. There was even a possible penalty over him at the beginning of the game, and another one committed over the Galician striker at the edge of the area (43’). Luis himself threw the direct free-kick, a curved shot that was stopped by Leo Franco. That was the third shot on target completed by Depor in this half.

SECOND HALF
Nothing special happened during the second part; Zaragoza tried to push, but they just completed a wide shot at the end of the game. Depor were content with the narrow score and spend the time holding on at the back. The Galicians didn’t suffer and there was even time to allow the debut of Diego Ifrán.

The second part began with Zaragoza making two substitutions. Striker Diego Suárez and midfielder José Mari Barkero entered the pitch. Suárez had the first chance in this half with a header that missed the target after a cross from Montañes (46’).

With the move, Los Maños started to play with a 4-4-2 figure, but it was a big failure, because the Aragonians were unable to harm Depor’s defensive wall despite having the ball possession. Depor also made a modification in the draw, because Sissoko was now performing on the right wing moving Juan Carlos to the centre. The plan was to take advantage of the velocity of the Ivorian player in order to release the counterattack.

The first substitution in the visiting team was the entry of Cezary Wilk replacing Juan Carlos. The move switched the system into a 5-2-2-1 as Álex Bergantiños delayed his position in order to perform at the centre of the defense.

In past games Depor suffered a lot with this draw, but this time it was perfect, because Lopo and Insua were immense cutting all the passes from the local team.  At the same time, the exit of Juan Carlos, plus the replacement of Sissoko, meant to see Depor losing control of midfield. Now the locals were easily releasing their attacks, though they were having problems to break Depor’s deadlock.

Diego Ifrán debuted with Deportivo replacing Luis Fernández. Minutes later Antonio Núñez replaced Sissoko. The Ivorian was among the best players in the game, very active and creative with his passes, though at this point in the game he was already tired. Neither Ifrán nor Núñez demonstrated too much in the few minutes they spent on the field.

The game was so peaceful for Depor that there was only one shot on this second half, and it came until minute 78. Diego Suarez released a drilling shot that went close to the near post of Lux. The locals spent the last ten minutes trying to push, but never created any harm to Deportivo. The only thing that broke the pace was a nasty elbow of Arzo over Lux that the referee didn’t watch.

AFTER THE GAME
Narrow score, but comfortable game for Depor. The Galicians were lucky as the attempt of Laure was favored by the back of Leo Franco. Later the team did the right things to keep on bay a crippled rival that barely gave problems to German Lux.

The victory allows Depor to remain at the second place and following very closely the impressive run of leaders SD Eibar. On next Saturday, the Galicians return to the Riazor in order to face CD Tenerife (21h00 CET).

MATCH STATISTICS
Zaragoza: (4-2-3-1) Leo Franco - Cortés, Álvaro, laguardia, Rico – Arzo (Anton Shvets 86’), Paglialunga – Javi Álamo (Barkero 46’), Luis Garcia, Montañes – Roger (Diego Suárez 46’).
Deportivo: (4-2-3-1) Lux – Laure, Insua, Lopo, Seoane – Álex Bergantiños, Juan Domínguez – Juan Carlos (Wilk 57’), Sisssoko (Núñez 77’), Rabello – Luis (Ifrán 74’)
Goal: 0-1: (29’) Laure
Referee: Francisco Manuel Arias López. He showed yellow card to Álvaro (42’), Sissoko (43’), David Cortés (58’), Wilk (73’), Arzo (73’) and Laguardia (88’)
Venue: La Romareda (12,000)
Other statistics: Ball possession (61% - 39%); Attempts to score (7 – 5); Total shots (14 - 6); Shots on target (2 - 3); Saves by the keepers (2 - 2); Corner-kicks (6 - 1); Offsides (2 - 4); Fouls committed (24 - 14); Passing accuracy (86.34% - 80.70%)

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