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REVIEW: RCD MALLORCA 0 – DEPORTIVO 3 (LIGA)

21 Apr 2014
Big win for a Deportivo that’s caressing the Primera División. Perfect game at defense and this time pretty effective in attack as there were only three shots on target completed by the Galicians. Luisinho was stretched off with a knee injury.

BEFORE THE GAME
Coach Fernando Vázquez decided to keep the 4-1-4-1 figure with the novelty of Diego Ifrán making his debut as a starter. The Uruguayan arrived to the game after scoring goals within the previous two games. Lux was the goalkeeper, Laure performed at the right side of the defense, Seoane played at the left, while the centre-backs were Insua and Lopo.

Juan Dominguez was the lonely pivote, Juan Carlos and Rabello were the two playmakers in the scheme, Sissoko attacked from the right wing, Luisinho did it from the left and Ifrán was the central attacker.

At RCD Mallorca, coach Lluís Carreras presented a 4-2-3-1 figure, but there were novelties in the positioning of the players Kevin García and Pedro Bigas, the two left-backs at the team, were starters, with the later playing at the centre of the defense, while Álex Moreno was attacking from the left wing. Nsue was a right winger, while Marco Asensio and Tomer Hemed were the other references up front.

FIRST HALF
Decent first half by Mallorca; the locals dominated and had the major part of the scoring chances, but Depor’s defense held the clean sheet; then the Galicians were dangerous in attack through the sacrifice of Ifrán, and he earned a penalty at the end of the half that brought the advantage.

Mallorca began the game pushing up front and trying to tack from the right wing, with Nsue pretty active in the game. At minute 4, the Majorcan winger scored from the box after a corner-kick coming from the left, but the goal was disallowed due to an offside.

Meanwhile, the first two approximations of Depor were lateral free-kicks that didn’t find a receiver inside the box. The game was entertaining at this point as both sides were trying to attack, however there were no shots on target within the first ten minutes. And the first shot on goal was a lateral free-kick of Thomas that was too easy for Lux (11’).

The first big opportunity to score came at minute 17, Rabello lost the ball at the edge of the area and the crossed shot of Marco Asensio missed the far post by inches. Later the locals released a couple of dangerous crosses that didn’t’ find a receiver.

At Depor, the danger was coming with the long throws looking for Diego Ifrán, one of them provoked a yellow card and a dangerous free-kick that ended in nothing (19’). Still, the Uruguayan was an alternative before the dominance of the Majorcans.

With the passage of the minutes the game turned to be boring as both sides were missing to create goal opportunities. It was until minute 30 that the Majorcans had the next chance, it was a shot from the edge of the area by Álex Moreno that went over the crossbar.

Sissoko and Rabello were pretty active in the game, stealing the ball at midfield and later releasing quick attacks, but Luisinho was missing in action and therefore the team lacked depth on the wings.

The worst moment for Depor came at minute 36, with Nsue and Hemed having the chance to shot from close range after a counterattack, but Lux was there to make a double save. The visiting was suffering now, but only a couple of minutes later they earned a penalty.

Luisinho finally released an accurate cross from the left, the ball was searching for Ifrán, who jumped backwards the far post together with Kevin, both players felt into the ground and referee Mario Melero López whistled a light penalty. Sissoko scored from the spot sending local goalie Rubén Miño on the wrong way. It’s the first goal for the Ivorian player at Depor.

The locals lost the nerves within the final minutes of the first half, mainly after the referee whistled a new offside in a new disallowed goal for the Majorcans, Nsue was booked after protesting a possible penalty over Hemed in the same action, but the Israeli attacker threw himself into the ground (42’).

Ximo Navarro had the last chance of the half after a corner-kick, but he missed the target (44’). 
Mallorca completed ten shots in the first half, but Depor only needed one shot on target to get the lead on the scoresheet.

SECOND HALF
An early goal by Depor killed any reaction from RCD Mallorca. The locals had the ball possession, but it was a clueless team in attack. The icing of the second part were the two perfect counterattacks that meant two goals. In resume, perfect game by Depor with a demolishing punch up front.

A reaction was expected by RCD Mallorca, but the final part couldn’t start better for Depor as the Galicians only needed 65 seconds to score the second goal, which was the more important collective play for the Galicians in this game.

Lopo stole the ball at defense, then he assisted Sissoko, who combined with Laure at midfield, then the Ivorian passed the ball to Juan Carlos, who drilled the ball into the right corner of the area, Laurewas already there and the Madrilenian drilled the ball into the penalty spot, Ifrán covered the ball before the pressure of a rival and it went into the path of Luisinho, who scored the goal from the far post. It’s the second goal in liga for the Portuguese.

The second goal killed the game and the spirit at the Iberostar stadium; Mallorca had the ball possession throughout the second half, but it missed to create scoring chances, this despite Carreras put a second striker on the pitch as Alex Geijo entered the field.

 At minute 56, Nsue got the ball at the edge of the area, but his drilling attempt was too easy for Lux. The first substitution at Depor was the entry of Borja Bastón for Ifrán. The Uruguayan didn’t score, but made a big sacrifice as the lonely man up front.

Alejandro Alfaro, who replaced injured Bigas, had the next chance for the Majorcans, this after collecting the ball at the left corner of the area, but once again his shot was too easy for Lux (64’), and in the next play Deportivo defined the game.

The third goal was a new counterattack in which Sissoko made a wonderful pass chipping the ball over the arrival to assist Juan Carlos, the playmaker was facing Miño one-on-one, but instead of trying to score he drilled the ball to Borja Bastón, who came from behind to score his 9th goal on the season.

That was only the third shot on target for Depor in the game. Clinical definition and killing punch. The defense of Depor was always praised, but in this game it’s necessary to emphasize the perfect synchronization in attack, mainly with a Sissoko that was involved in the three goals.

At minute 72, Geijo scored from close range, but once again it was disallowed due to an offside. Mallorca were falling down, but it must be pointed out that they had three disallowed goals due to offsides, only the first one seemed doubtful. In the following play Álex Moreno attempted from the left corner of the area, but Lux was there to make the save.

Then Vázquez made the second substitution and Wilk replaced Juan Carlos, the modification meant to return to the 4-2-3-1 figure. The game was placid for Depor and the players were enjoying in a stadium that was frozen, but there was a concern at the end after Luisinho twisted his knee during a defensive task. He was stretched off, though the first explorations determined that it isn’t a ligaments injury. Arizmendi replaced him and the Madrilenian played his first minutes since January.

AFTER THE GAME
Depor scored the goals at the precise moment, at the end of the first half and seconds after the kick-off in the final part; solid work at defense and deadly in the counterattack. Sissoko was involved in the three goals, while Ifrán also made a great job up front. Juan Dominguez was great once again at midfield, while the only problem was the injury of Luisinho.

The victory is helping to increase the difference with the third place to nine points, all of this with only seven games remaining. On Saturday, Deportivo return to the Riazor in order to face SD Ponferradina (Saturday, 18h15 CET).

MATH STATISTICS
Mallorca: (4-2-3-1) Miño - Ximo, Cadamuro, Bigas (Alfaro 62’), Kevin – Generelo (Martí 74’), Thomas – Nsue, Marco Asensio (Geijo 60’), Álex Moreno – Hemed.
Deportivo: (4-1-4-1) Lux – Laure, Lopo, Insua, Seoane – Juan Domínguez – Sissoko, Rabello, Juan Carlos (Wilk 76’), Luisinho (Arizmendi 82’) – Ifrán (Borja Bastón 62’)
Goals: 0-1: (41’) Sissoko (penalty), 0-2: (47’) Luisinho, 0-3: (66’) Borja Bastón
Referee: Mario Melero López. He showed yellow card to Laure (10’), Bigas (19’), Kevin (40’), Nsue (42’), Generelo (50’), Thomas (53’) & Martí (77’)
Venue: Iberostar stadium (7,000)
Other statistics: Ball possession (57% - 43%); Attempts to score (6 – 3); Total shots (14 - 4); Shots on target (5 - 3); Saves by the keepers (0 - 5); Corner-kicks (4 - 1); Offsides (4 - 0); Fouls committed (22 - 6); Passing accuracy (84.78% - 77.02%)

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