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30 Mar 2014
Fernando Vázquez once again on the spotlight as his polemic decisions affected a Deportivo that didn’t have any response after the accident of the equalizer. All of this after Depor scored its earliest goal on this Segunda season.

The previous minutes of the game against CD Tenerife were marked by the status of Pablo Insua. The centre-back was dragging a muscle problem (gluteus) and made a late test on the pitch; actually it wasn’t clear if he was going to play until fifteen minutes before the kick-off. In the end the Galician player was fit to play, so Arizmendi was ruled out of the list and Marchena was on the bench.

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

At CD Tenerife, coach Álvaro Cervera presented the expected 4-4-2 lineup. It was an offensive draw as Suso Santana was a starter. He’s a winger usually benched for the away games. Meanwhile, Ayoze Pérez and Aridane Santana were starting up front. The duo had netted 23 goals in the previous games, the second highest mark in the league.

Decent half by Deportivo; the early goal –the quickest on this season for Los Blanquiazules- helped to calm the nerves and the team controlled the situation without suffering before a rival that had big problems to create scoring opportunities. Meanwhile, Depor had other three clear chances to score the second goal.

The game couldn’t start in a better way, after only three minutes Bryan Rabello released a free-kick outside the area and the Chilean put the ball at the penalty spot, visiting goalie Roberto Gutiérrez went out too late for the ball and Albert Lopo arrived first to put the ball at the back of the net with an accurate header. It’s the second goal in liga for the Catalan defender.

Cervera stated before the game that the key was to hold on with the 0-0 until late in the game, however his team was allowing the quickest Depor’s goal on this season and it felt it, because the Canarians had big problems to step into the local area. Depor felt pretty comfortable on the pitch and seemed closer to net the second. At minute 8, Álex Bergantiños got a loose ball after a cross of Laure and his attempt missed the target by inches.

The first approximation for Tenerife came at minute 15; it was a shot from close range by Édgard Méndez that was cleared to corner-kick. But the side still commanding the game was Depor. At minute 18, Sissoko collected another cross of Laure and his drilling shot was saved by Roberto.

The Ivorian player was among the most active players in the game, at times appearing on the left wing. He was also the most fouled man as six of the nine fouls committed by the Canarians in this half were suffered by the African winger. Rabello was also very active and his connection with Sissoko was a real threat for Tenerife. It was also a benefit that the only resource for the visiting team was the direct game, something that simplified the things to the locals.

With the passage of the minutes the Canarians leveled the ball possession, but they weren’t hammering Depor’s defense. Actually, the Galicians were looking more dangerous. At minute 30, a new cross of Laure was collected by Juan Dominguez at the left corner of the area, but he missed the target.

Both full-backs were among the most active players in the game. After been criticized for his poor crosses throughout the season, this time both Seoane and Laure were pretty accurate assisting his partners, mainly when they were releasing low crosses.

After a promising start in the half, with enough chances to score the second goal, Fernando Vázquez switched into a 5-4-1 draw and immediately the Canarians tied the game. Depor had no reaction and wasted a new opportunity to regain the lead at Liga Adelante.

The final part began with Depor pushing through two corner-kicks and a free-kick of Sissoko that Lopo was close to connect inside the box (48’). Three minutes later Rabello assisted Juan Dominguez and the midfielder released a volley that was spectacularly cleared by Roberto. In the resulting corner-kick, Juan Carlos completed a shot on target, but his drilling attempt was too easy for the visiting goalie.

Depor continued to be the driving force in the game; constantly overflowing a defensive line that had problems to contain the moves of Sissoko. The first shot on target in the game for Tenerife was a drilling attempt of Ayoze Pérez that was stopped by Lux (60’).

Álex Bergantiños picked a muscle problem and Fernando Vázquez made a double substitution. It was a polemic decision that was going to affect the fate of the game. The midfielder and Juan Carlos were replaced by Wilk and Marchena. Truly Juan Carlos, together with Luis, were lost on the pitch, but the decision of switching into a 5-4-1 draw just rested potential to the team.

And just one minute later the visiting team was going to find an underserved equalizer. Marchena was trying to block Ayoze Pérez and committed a clear penalty challenging the striker at the left corner of the area. Referee López Acera whistled the action and Ricardo Leon scored the goal from the spot.

Suddenly the game had changed. Depor were needing to attack in order to regain the lead, but it was playing with five defenders. Besides, the connection Rabello-Sissoko was already gone as both players were tired. Still, the locals had the ball possession and were pushing up front, with Marchena steeping into midfield and with Ifrán replacing Luis

But Depor’s lights, as it’s a tradition on this season, were already turned off in the final stretch of the half. Depor had the ball possession, but in only created danger in a double chance at the last minute and after a corner-kick. The attempt of Marchena was cleared by a defender and then Juan Dominguez missed the target from the edge of the area (89’).

Criticism over Fernando Vázquez as, after the solid first 60 minutes, he switched the draw into a defensive formation. Tenerife got an underserved equalizer and later there was no room for reaction as the locals only created danger within the final minute. Two new points that fly away from the Riazor.

SD Eibar could only got a draw before Barcelona B (0-0), so Depor missed a new opportunity to regain the first place at Liga Adelante. On next Saturday, the Galicians visit Real Madrid Castilla (18h15 CET). Insua will miss the game after picking the tenth yellow card on this season.

Deportivo: (4-2-3-1) Lux – Laure, Insua, Lopo, Seoane – Álex Bergantiños (Wilk 61’), Juan Domínguez – Juan Carlos (Marchena 61’), Sissoko, Rabello – Luis Fernández (Ifrán 73’).
Tenerife: (4-4-2) Roberto - Moyano, Bruno, Carlos Ruiz, Ayoze Díaz – Suso (Luismo Loro 74’), Íñigo Ros (Cristo Martin 83’), Ricardo, Édgard Méndez (Kike Rivero 38’) - Ayoze Pérez, Aridane.
Goals: 1-0: (3’) Lopo, 1-1: (65’) Ricardo León (penalty)
Referee: Fernando López Acera. He showed yellow card to Carlos Ruiz (49’), Álex Bergantiños (53’), Lopo (68’), Ayoze Pérez (79’), Luismi Loro (80’) and Insua (85’)
Venue: Riazor (16,813)




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