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REVIEW: DEPORTIVO 0 – PONFERRADINA 3 (LIGA)

27 Apr 2014
Lesson of humility at the Riazor. Depor was a broken team in the hands of a very accurate rival that always knew what they were doing. This is the biggest defeat on this season and the biggest for Vázquez as a Segunda coach.

BEFORE THE GAME
As it was expected Fernando Vázquez repeated the 4-1-4-1 lineup of the past game. Lux was the starting goalie, Laure performed at the right side of the defense, Seoane performed on the left, while Lopo and Insua were the centre-backs.

Juan Dominguez was the lonely pivote. Sissoko and Luisinho attacked from the sides, Juan Carlos and Rabello were the playmakers, then Diego Ifrán was the central attacker. Since the coach needed to rule out two of the players picked for the game, he chose attackers Arizmendi and Luis Fernández, who watched the game from the stands. Ex-Depor Lassad was also there.

At SD Ponferradina, Claudio Barragán switched the half of the team, though he kept the 4-4-2 draw. The first novelty was that Roberto Santamaría was the starting goalie. He was the normal starter until matchday 31, but was a substitute within the last four liga meetings. In attack Adolfo Enríquez, ‘Fofo’ joined Brazilian Yuri de Souza.

FIRST HALF
Horrible first part for Deportivo. The Galician outfit was surprised by the draw of Ponferradina, solid and at times rude at defense, but extremely fast with the counterattacks. The ball was for the local side, but the best chances were for the visiting team and Vázquez even had to switch the draw.

The game started with the expected script: Depor were having the ball possession and SD Ponferradina were holding on at the back waiting to release a counterattack. Nothing occurred within the first five minutes, just a couple of individual moves by at midfield territory.

However the problems started soon for the locals; the midfielders of the visiting team were constantly pushing and stealing the ball, which lead to uncomfortable situations for the defense as they were suddenly chasing the long runs of Yuri and Fofo.

In the first of the resulting attempts Fofo beat Laure in the run across the right side and the attacker ended releasing a strong shot from the left corner of the area that was deflected by Lux (9’), but two minutes later the visiting team wasn’t going to waste the golden opportunity.

Fofo and Acorán combined at the edge of the area and the later released a drilling shot that was saved by Lux, unfortunately the ball went into the path of Laure, who sent the ball into the opposite direction to score the own goal.

SD Ponferradina were breaking their drought to score a goal on the road while Depor were breaking their mark of three straight games without leaking a goal. It seemed as a big surprise, but the true is that it was a deserved reward for the best side on the pitch. At least the clever one.

In the next ten minutes Depor were impotent to create anything before a well-placed rival that looked dangerous in the counterattack. The first clear chance for the Galicians came until minute 18 as Sissoko headed over the crossbar a cross from the left that was released by Luisinho.

Despite having the ball (70% of the time at the middle of the first half) the local team wasn’t ending the plays, in this way they didn’t complete any shot on target within the first half an hour. And it’s that the first shot on goal Deportivo came until minute 29 and it was after a counterattack, Sissoko assisted Rabello and the Chilean made a brilliant heal pass to Juan Carlos and the playmaker released a crossed shot that as cleared by visiting goalie Roberto Santamaría

It was only a mirage, because Depor were unable to do anything else in the rest of the first half. Yuri was a real menace for los Blanquiazules and Fernando Vázquez even switched the draw into a 4-4-1-1, with Rabello moved to midfield in order to help Juan Dominguez, while Juan Carlos was moved to the right wing with Sissoko playing behind Ifrán.

But it didn’t work out; actually Ponferradina were closer to score, always with Yuri as the main threat, first the attacker collided with Lopo inside the area and no penalty was whistled (35’) and later releasing a drilling cross from the right that Robusté couldn’t push in (41’).

SECOND HALF
It looked impossible, but the second part of Depor was worse than the first. Vázquez never find the solution despite changing the draw twice and the rival scored two more goals. The strategy failed before a tough, but also offensive team that completed 16 shots in the game.

The second half began in the same way than the first: Depor having the ball and Ponferradina waiting at the back, perhaps this time the Galicians were having more patience moving the ball, reason why they weren’t causing the unexpected losses that were provoking the counterattacks from the visitors.

But once again Depor were going to allow a quick goal; after a lateral free-kick for the locals that Ifrán headed out, the visiting team had their own attempt after a foul over Yuri committed by Lopo.

Fofo sent the ball into the far post, Robusté arrived on time to head the ball back to the near post and Yuri was there to head the ball in. It was a reward for the best player in the game, sometimes nasty with his tackles, but a real headache for Lopo and Insua at defense.

Vázquez switched the draw into a 4-4-2 as Toché entered for Juan Carlos. The modification didn’t change the situation and Ponferradina was still the most dangerous side on the pitch, and they were close to score twice after hitting the posts in two different opportunities in a matter of 10 seconds. First it was FofoJavi Lara (76’)

At this point Depor were already out of patience and every counterattack from Ponferradina was looking deadly. Then Vázquez switched the draw again as he introduced the changes of Marchena and Borja Bastón for Seoane and Ifrán. The figure was now a 3-4-3 with three centre-backs and with Laure performing at midfield.

It seemed the changes were working as a few seconds later Borja Bastón had the clearest chance in this half for Depor. It was a new cross of Luisinho that the Madrilenian headed on target, but Santamaria made a big save (74’).

However, the game returned to “normal mode” six minutes later as Ponferradina scored the third goal. A new bluff by the defensive sector. A cross of Yuri from the left was met by Alcorán at the goal line, but incomprehensibly he missed the target. Then, in the goal-kick, Depor lost the ball and this time Javi Lara assisted substitute Jesús Berrocal, who beat Lux with a low shot from close range.

0-3 and game over. At times Ponferradina looked like a rude team (21 fouls on the game), but they were also the rival that had more shots at the Riazor on this season (16), actually it was the second highest number against Depor on this season after the visit to Real Madrid Castilla (17’). Depor completed a third shot on target in the game, this after Laure assisted Toché, but his attempt was an easy catch for Santamaria (83’). The final minutes just saw a broken team with the fans constantly whistling their players.

AFTER THE GAME
 Terrible game by Deportivo. The three different draws tested by Fernando Vázquez never worked out and the team was a ghost of past presentations. Soft at defense and without ideas in attack. This is the worst defeat for El Profesor after 107 games at Segunda and is also the worst defeat for Depor on this season. Surely a lesson that the promotion isn’t achieved yet.

Despite the big setback, Deportivo remain as the leader at Segunda División with six games remaining. On next Saturday, the Blanquiazul outfit face the Galician derby of this campaign as they travel to the Anxo Carro in order to meet CD Lugo (18h15 CET).

MATCH STATISTICS
Deportivo: (4-1-4-1) Lux – Laure, Lopo, Insua, Seoane (Marchena 72’) – Juan Dominguez – Sissoko, Juan Carlos (Toché 59’), Rabello, Luisinho – Ifrán (Borja Bastón 72’).
Ponferradina: (4-4-2) Santamaria – Óscar Ramírez, Robusté, Samuel, Bellvís – Acorán (Alan Baró 90’), Jonathan, Juande, Javi Lara – Yuri (Cristian 85’), Fofo (Jesús 76’).
Goals: 0-1: (10’) Laure (o.g.), 0-2: (51’) Yuri, 0-3: (79’) Berrocal
Referee: Daniel Jesús Trujillo Suárez. He showed yellow card to Ifrán (19’), Samuel (18’), Yuri (55’), Bellvís (57’), Lopo (68’), Sissoko (69’), Jonathan (71’) & Toché (76’)
Venue. Riazor (20,667)
Other statistics: Ball possession (59% - 41%); Attempts to score (3 – 10); Total shots (4 - 16); Shots on target (3 - 5); Saves by the keepers (2 - 3); Corner-kicks (6 - 2); Offsides (1 - 2); Fouls committed (16 - 21); Passing accuracy (82.24% - 86.06%)

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