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04 May 2014
Another disappointing result for Depor after holding a 0-2 win by half-time. The late changes of Fernando Vázquez, the entry of Pablo Álvarez and the late appearance of Rennella changed the outcome of the party in Lugo.

Coach Fernando Vázquez returned to the 4-2-3-1 lineup as Álex Bergantiños was a starter claiming the spot of Juan Carlos, who was on the bench and didn’t have any minute. The rest of the team was the same that lost before SD Ponferradina.

 Lux was the starting keeper, Laure performed at the right side of the defense, Seoane performed on the left. Insua an Lopo were the centre-backs, Juan Dominguez and Álex Bergantiños were the centre midfielders, Sissoko attacked from the right wing, Luisinho did it from the left, Rabello was the playmaker and Ifrán was the central attacker.

At CD Lugo, coach Quique Setién was presenting the expected 4-2-3-1 figure, with two ex-Depor players at the starting formation: keeper Dani Mallo and centre midfielder Carlos Pita, while Vincenzo Rennella was the reference up front with Pablo Sánchez and Iago Díaz attacking from the sides.

There was an impressive environment at the Anxo Carro stadium, with the biggest attendance in the history of this field thanks to the extra standings used for the game (7,564 spectators). 4,000 Depor’s fans made the trip to Lugo and there was even a giant TV screen outside the stadium to watch the actions.

Perfect first part for Deportivo. Los Blanquiazules -this time wearing the dark kit- always looked comfortable on the pitch, pressing at the right moment and releasing quick attacks that were hammering Lugo, team that had big problems to create scoring opportunities, mainly as Rennella spent the time out of the area.

Depor had the first chance to score; it was in a corner-kick from the right in which Rabello sent the ball into the area and Lopo headed the ball at the far post, then there was a second header by Álex Bergantiños, the ball was going into the goal, but it hit the body of Rennella (2’).

The game was moved since the start; Depor were putting pressure at midfield and were trying to have the ball possession, the locals were responding trying to attack by the sides. And the visiting side was going to claim the lead in a great play of Bryan Rabello.

The Chilean playmaker recovered the ball at midfield and assisted Diego Ifrán, who ran ten meters entering the area past Dani Mallo with a drilling and crossed attempt. It’s the third goal in liga for the Uruguayan attacker.

After the goal, Lugo claimed the ball possession and tried to attack, but it had big problems to overcome Depor’s defensive wall, while the visitors were trying to create more damage with the counterattack. Both Ifrán and Rabello were pretty dangerous, while Sissoko was pretty active constantly switching his position. At some point the draw looked like a 4-4-2 with as a second striker.

Lugo had two problems: Rennella was too delayed on the pitch, frequently returning to midfield to get the ball, but he was backwards the goal and it was easy for Depor’s defenders to control him. Later it was easy to release quick attacks for them as the locals were easily losing the ball at midfield, so it wasn’t surprising that Los Blanquiazules were the ones having the best opportunities.

The first approximation for the locals came until minute 29, it was a lateral free-kick that Álex Bergantiños headed out. Three minutes later Pita completed the first shot on goal for his team with a direct free-kick that Lux cleared over the crossbar.

Depor responded with a corner-kick in which Lopo couldn’t connect the ball properly in a scissors-kick attempt (34’). And that was going to be the source for the second goal, because Fernando Vázquez’s replied with a goal after two straight corner-kicks.

Firstly, a combination between Rabello and Sissoko allowed Luisinho to penetrate the area by the right, then the Portuguese released a strong shot that was cleared by Dani Mallo. In the resulting corner-kick Rabello released a high and accurate cross that Pablo Insua met at the box, and the centre-back scored his third goal on the season with a high header into the near post.

Depor only had the 43% of the ball possession in the first half, but it’s clinical definition and accuracy to release the counterattack, plus the constant losses of the locals at midfield, were enough to secure a comfortable lead. Rabello was the best player on the pitch; the Chilean assisted for both goals.

Day and night at the Anxo Carro. The second part was totally different as Lugo outplayed Depor. Vázquez lasted with the changes and when he made them, it were the wrong ones. Rennella finally showed up and scored a brace that meant a tasteless draw for Depor.

The second part started in the same way: Lugo were losing the ball at midfield and it allowed again the dangerous counterattack by Depor. At minute 48, Rabello released a drilling cross that didn’t find a receiver inside the box, two minutes later the locals completed their second shot on target in the game and it was again Pita after collecting a clearance at the edge of the box, but his attempt was too easy for Lux.

At key factor for Depor were the set-pieces, every corner-kick or free-kick were bringing danger inside Lugo’s area. At minute 53, the combination Ifrán-Luisinho was close to bring a third goal during a lateral free-kick, but an offside was called.

But Lugo were going to apply the same medicine as in the second half as their set-pieces were always a headache for Depor. Little by little Los Albirrojos bottled the rival at their side of the pitch and Vázquez contributed to it as he lasted too much in making the changes. And it’s that Depor were no longer stealing the ball at midfield, which allowed Setién’s man to have long ball possessions and more importantly: Rennella began to step into the rival’s area.

Rennella was missing in action for 55 minutes, so Carlos Pita had to claim a starring role as the first three shots on target of his team were made by him. The third was a curved attempt from the edge of the area that was cleared by (55’).

The fourth attempt on goal by the locals was a header of Iago Díaz after that corner-kick, and Lux stopped the ball (56’). And Pita had the next chance for Lugo with a header after a lateral free-kick, but Depor’s Argentine goalie stop it (66’).

The first opportunity for Rennella in the game came at minute 68; the Frenchman collected a low cross from the left and should have scored from inside the box, but Lux made the big save and later Iago Díaz sent the ball over the crossbar (68’).

At this point Lugo were totally outplaying Depor and then the locals scored the deserved goal; after a corner-kick, substitute Pablo Álvarez made the run on the left wing and released a cross that Renella found inside the box and this time he scored the goal sending the ball into the roof of the net.

Pablo Álvarez was the revulsive in the game; he brought the needed depth on the sides and was going to assist in both of Lugo’s goals. Depor were too nervous and barely were holding the ball and therefore it was bottled by a rival that was insisting, then Fernando Vázquez –too late- ordered a defensive substitution and Carlos MarchenaIfrán, now Depor were playing 5-2-2-1 with performing as a “false nine”

A second substitution was the entry of Manuel Pablo for Laure, with the move the captain started to play on the left-back position and Seoane was switched to the right. A rare attempt to stop the moves of Pablo Álvarez.

But this wasn’t enough to contain of the locals and they were going to score the equalizer five minutes before the final whistle. Pablo Álvarez released a free-kick at the edge of the area, the ball went into the far post, Lux tried to clear it, but collided with Juan Dominguez and Rennella only had to push the ball in from close range.

Dominguez ended bleeding from the head and spent a couple of minutes on the sidelines, then Vázquez tried to change the outcome allowing the entry of Borja Bastón for , but instead Depor were close to lose the game after a new assist of Pablo Álvarez that Rennella was close to capitalize with a drilling attempt, but Lux made the save (90+2’). One minute before, the visiting team protested a possible penalty after Lopo was pulling inside the area during a corner-kick action. Lux had a great game, making seven key saves, the major part of them in the second part, but it’s also true that he was too hurried in the play of the second goal.

A match with two different halves; in the first Depor was superior to a rival that never felt comfortable on the pitch. Rabello shone during the first part and provided two assists. Then, Lugo improved a lot in the second half pushed by the entry of Pablo Álvarez and the late appearance of Rennella. The defensive substitutions failed and Depor were closer to lose the game than to win it after having a 0-2 advantage by half-time.

This tasteless point leaves Deportivo at the top of the standings and waiting for the results of SD Eibar, CD Tenerife and UD Las Palmas. On next Sunday, Depor travel to Vitoria in order to face relegation-troubled Deportivo Alavés (Mendizorroza, 18h15 CET)

Lugo: (4-2-3-1) Dani Mallo - Víctor Díaz, Pavón, Víctor Marco, Manu – Fernando Seoane, Pita - Pablo Sánchez (Pablo Álvarez 66’), Álvaro Peña, Iago Díaz (Ernesto 87’) - Rennella.
Deportivo: (4-2-3-1) Lux – Laure (Manuel Pablo 80’), Lopo, Insua, Diego Seoane – Juan Domínguez, Álex Bergantiños – Sissoko (Borja Bastón 89’), Rabello, Luisinho – Ifrán (Marchena 74’)
Goals: 0-1: (9’) Ifrán, 0-2: (41’) Insua, 1-2: (71’) Rennella, 2-2: (87’) Rennella
Referee: Ricardo de Burgos Bengoextxea. He showed yellow card to Laure (28’), Álvaro Peña (75’) and Insua (88’).
Venue: Anxo Carro (7,564)
Other statistics: Ball possession (58% - 42%); Attempts to score (10 – 6); Total shots (15 - 5); Shots on target (9 - 3); Saves by the keepers (1 - 7); Corner-kicks (8 - 5); Offsides (1 - 3); Fouls committed (21 - 17); Passing accuracy (87.43% - 86.11%)




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