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06 Apr 2014
Crucial victory for the promotion aspirations; it wasn’t an impressive performance, but the team did enough to score the goals and control a team without punch. Manuel Pablo played as a centre back and Ifrán scored his first goal at Depor.

Both Ibrahim Sissoko and Carlos Marchena were initially included in the starting lineup, but later the centre-back was ruled out after the warming up; therefore Manuel Pablo entered at the last minute. Antonio Núñez was left on the bench, which moved Sissoko to the right allowing the appearance of Chilean Bryan Rabello.

It was a 4-2-3-1 figure, with Lux at the goal, Laure performed at the right side of the defense, Seoane played at the left, the centre-backs were Manuel Pablo and Lopo. Midfield was territory for Wilk and Juan Dominguez. Rabello was the playmaker, Sissoko attacked from the right wing, Luisinho did it from the left and Borja Bastón was the central attacker.

At Real Madrid Castilla, coach José Manuel Díaz presented the expected 4-2-3-1 figure. Without Willian José, concentrated with the first team of Real Madrid, the references up front were Lucas Vázquez, Jorge Franco ‘Burgui’, José Rodriguez and Raúl de Tomás.

Comfortable half for Deportivo; the Galicians struck at the right moment and spent the rest of the time protecting the result, but also pushing before an immature team that gave some problems at the end of the half. Solid first part for a team having many injury problems.

The game began at the same time than the rain and with the locals having the ball possession, at minute 2, Burgui attempted from long-range, but his shot was blocked by Lopo.  The tactics were pretty clear since the start: Depor were holding on at the back and relying in the counterattack, while Castilla were having the ball and attacking by the sides.

Depor’s first opportunity was cross of Laure from the right that Rabello found inside the box, but his shot hit Mascarell and went over the crossbar (12’). The Chilean was switching his position with Sissoko, something that brought mobility to the attacking line.

At minute 14, Burgui attempted from the edge of the area, but again his shot was blocked by a defender. With the passage of the minutes the Galicians began to feel more comfortable on the pitch and were having the ball possession.

Both teams were having plenty of room at midfield, but they missed to complete a shot on target within the first twenty minutes. The Galicians were missing presence in attack, while the Madrilenian youngsters were having problem to surpass Depor’s defense.

And the first shot on target was going to mean the first goal in the game. It was a lateral free-kick on the right released by Luisinho. The ball went into the far post, local goalie Fernando Pacheco doubted and Juan Dominguez seized the opportunity heading the ball home. It’s his fourth goal in the league season.

After the goal, Deportivo lived its best moments before a rival that was confused. At minute 29, Borja Bastón was close to score the second goal after collecting a cross from the right released by Rabello, but the Madrilenian sent the ball out.

By minute 32, Depor were leading the stat of the ball possession (51%) and seemed pretty comfortable. The locals only menaced to tie the game in two a lateral free-kicks in which Lux miscalculated the ball, though it didn’t have consequences. However, the locals pushed within the final five minutes and in this way they completed their first shot on target after De Tomás collected a pass from Burgui, but Lux made the save (43’).

Depor’s defense had a solid performance, which are great news taking in mind the casualties. Manuel Pablo and Lopo were an iron wall at the middle, while Seoane and Laure were not only solid, but also supportive in attack.

The second part was more problematic for the Galicians: they were missing passes at the back, which increased the ball possession of Real Madrid Castilla, but the locals were too naïve to seize these cracks. Depor didn’t suffer in the final minutes as Ifrán capitalized a big error at the local defense.

The second part began with Castilla harassing Deportivo, this time the visiting team were looking too nervous and had problems at the moment of passing the ball, mainly at defense. Sissoko and Rabello disappeared with the passage of the minutes and the Galicians lost presence in attack.

Castilla were having the ball again and began to have opportunities as Depor were losing the ball pretty easily. Their first big opportunity in the half came at minute 53, Lucas Vázquez collected a drilling pass inside the area, but his shot was stopped by Lux.

The nerves almost cost a goal to the Galicians. At minute 63, Depor’s defense couldn’t clear the danger after a corner-kick, Juan Dominguez lost the ball and then Lucas Vázquez attempted a crossed shot, but he missed the target. Then Fernando Vázquez ordered the first substitution and Ifrán replaced Borja Bastón.

At minute 69, Aguza assisted substitute Jaime Romero, but Lux was there to make the save. Then Vázquez ordered the second substitution and Antonio Núñez replaced Sissoko. Both changes brought some depth in attack, especially the one of the Uruguayan attacker.

At minute 81, substitute Pablo Felipe found the ball at the edge of the area, but his shot went over the crossbar. And in the next play Depor were going to define the game; the goal kick of Lux, and the multiple errors at the local defense, were seized by Depor as Laure assisted Ifrán, who was clinical enough to control the ball and push it to score his first goal at Depor after three appearances.

The game didn’t end after the second goal as it could have been expected, because both sides had their chances to score. Depor through a couple of approximations by Núñez and Ifrán, and the locals with a header of substitute Sobrino that hit the post (85’) and later a free-kick of Casado that hit the ball (88’).

Important victory for Deportivo; surely without doing too  much, but solid taking in mind the large list of casualties, the Galicians just seized their chances and later hold on a naïve rival that never knew how to damage one of the best defenses in the league. Manuel Pablo had a decent performance as a centre-back, while Diego Ifrán scored his first goal at Depor.

This is the 10th away victory on the season, which means the second highest mark in the history of the club. For now Deportivo are the leaders waiting for the result of SD Eibar visiting Real Zaragoza. On next Sunday, Depor will host Recreativo de Huelva (Riazor, 12h00 CET). Wilk join the list of casualties at Depor after picking the fifth yellow card on the season.

Castilla: (4-2-3-1) Pacheco - Quini, Llorente, Cabrera, Casado - Mascarell, Aguza - Lucas Vázquez, José Rodríguez (Pablo Felipe 70’), Burgui (Jaime Romero 61’)  – De Tomás (Sobrino 55’).
Deportivo: (4-2-3-1) Lux - Laure, Lopo, Manuel Pablo, Seoane – Wilk, Juan Domínguez – Sissoko (Núñez 70’), Rabello, Luisinho – Borja Bastón (Ifrán 63’).
Goals: 0-1: (22’) Juan Dominguez, 0-2: (82’) Diego Ifrán
Referee: José Ramón Piñeiro Crespo. He showed yellow card to Wilk (39’), Burgui (45+1’), Llorente (50’), Jose Rodríguez (58’), Lopo (68’), Quini (73’) and Pablo Felipe (74’)
Venue: Alfredo Di Stéfano stadium (3,670)
Other statistics: Ball possession (53% - 47%); Attempts to score (6 – 5); Total shots (17 - 6); Shots on target (3 - 2); Saves by the keepers (0 - 3); Corner-kicks (8 - 2); Offsides (1 - 4); Fouls committed (19 - 13); Passing accuracy (85.91% - 83.49%)




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