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REVIEW: DEPORTIVO 1 – EIBAR 1 (LIGA)

19 May 2014
For the second straight opportunity Deportivo were unable to win a home game after having the advantage at half-time. Ifrán scored his fourth goal and Sissoko was the best player. The race for direct promotion remains open.

BEFORE THE GAME
No surprises at Depor’s lineup as Fernando Vázquez presented the expected 4-2-3-1 formation; German Lux was the goalkeeper, Laure performed at the right-back position, Diego Seoane played at the left, while the central spots at defense were for Albert Lopo and Pablo Insua.

Juan Dominguez and Álex Bergantiños were the central midfielders, Ibrahim Sissoko performed at the right wing, Luisinho attacked from the left flank, Bryan Rabello was the playmaker and Diego Ifrán was the centre forward.

At SD Eibar, coach Gaizka Garitano presented the expected 4-2-3-1 formation with the novelty of Ander Capa playing at midfield claiming the spot of José Luis Morales, who ended sidelined from the game. Mikel Arruabarrena, Jota Peleteiro and David Mainz were the references in attack.

FIRST HALF
Decent first part by Deportivo, based in a strong defense and with Sissoko leading the attack. Eibar looked dangerous in set-pieces, but lacked depth and barely created problems before Lux. Striker Ifrán also brought problems to the visiting team.

Depor started the game pressing and had a lateral free-kick and a corner-kick at minute 5, but the latter only ended in a low cross by Laure that was stopped by visiting goalie Xabier Iruretaguena ‘Irureta’.

The game became equal in the following minutes, with Eibar well-placed at midfield and with Depor carefully attempting to move forward. At some point it seemed that both teams knew what was at stake and didn’t want to risk the initial 0-0.

The first warning in the game was released by Eibar, Lux failed to clear properly a drilled ball into the area and Arruabarena got the ball at the edge of the area, he was alone before the goal, but unexplainably he sent the ball wide (14’).

Depor seemed to be crippled before the defensive structure of Eibar, but suddenly the Galicians found the goal. Sissoko collected the ball after a free-kick at midfield, he combined with Rabello and the Ivorian got the ball back to drill it into the area, then Diego Ifrán showed up in the middle of two defenders to score his fourth goal on the season with a low shot past Irureta.

The goal didn’t change the script of the game, Eibar continued to be focused on putting pressure at midfield and then release quick counterattacks, while Depor continued to be a thick team in attack, though now having the advantage in the scoresheet.

Laure were struggling to contain Yuri Berchiche on the right and Sissoko was playing towards the centre, so Luisinho was the only player trying to penetrate by the sides, constantly supported by Seoane.

But all the eyes were upon Ibrahim Sissoko, who was the most dangerous player at his team; unstoppable in one-on-one actions and the main actor in every counterattack. Ifrán was also looking sharp and gave problems to the visiting defense with his moves.

Meanwhile, Eibar was led by Jota, but struggled to create scoring opportunities. However they were always looking dangerous in set-pieces. The Basques were close to tie the actions at minute 37, it was a corner-kick in which Diego Rivas found the ball inside the area and released a strong shot that went directly into the path of Lux, who was able to deflect the ball with the chest.

SECOND HALF
Once again Deportivo dropped points in the second part; the Galicians had things under control, but allowed a goal in a set-piece and later the game became equal, there were scoring opportunities for both sides, but the scoresheet didn’t change.

The second half started with the same low pace of the first half; the first goal attempt came at minute 50, Diego Seoane got the ball at the left corner of the area and released a strong shot that went over the crossbar.

Depor looked much better in the following minutes, with Sissoko leading the attacks, Juan Dominguez ruling midfield and Ifrán pretty active moving at the edge of the area. However they lacked more depth to end the plays with shots on target. At minute 60, Lopo missed the target after heading over the crossbar a corner-kick coming from the left.

And then Deportivo conceded a new goal in a set-piece, a new lack of concentration by the Galician outfit. Luisinho fouled Capa at the edge of the area, in the resulting free-kick Dani García chipped the ball over the wall and Jota Peleteiro was inside the box to collect the ball and score from close range.

The game changed after the goal, mainly as Jota mocked during his celebration and the game turned to be more intense, with some tough plays and a lot of discussion between every man on the pitch. Depor tried to react with Ifrán, who collected the ball at the edge of the area after a corner-kick, but his drilling shot was saved by Irureta (66’). That was only the second shot on target in the game for the locals.

Vázquez ordered the first substitution and Antonio Núñez replaced Rabello. The winger was more participative than the Chilean, who was missing in action throughout the game as he was well-marked by Diego Rivas. Still, the contribution of Núñez wasn’t enough to change the result.

The game was open within the last twenty minutes, with both sides having scoring opportunities. At minute 78, Núñez headed the ball out after collecting a cross by Álex Bergantiños, then the Basques had a double chance after consecutive corner-kicks, in the main opportunity Arregi collected the ball when he and other two visiting players were alone at the box, but Lux cleared the danger over the crossbar (80’).

Vázquez made his last two substitutions within the last ten minutes, Toché and Borja Bastón entered for Sissoko and Ifrán. Depor played 4-4-2 since then, but it only created one more scoring opportunity. It was a drilling attempt from Núñez that was easily stopped by Irureta (85’). That was only the third shot on target by Depor in the game.

AFTER THE GAME
Once again Deportivo were unable to hold on the advantage achieved in the first part and extended the winless streak to four games. The Galicians had things under control, but a new goal in a set-piece changed the tide of the game. Sissoko was the best player for Los Blanquiazules.

Now Depor will wait for the result of UD Las Palmas, but it seems that the war for direct promotion will last until the last matchday. The Galicians remain as the leaders, two points above SD Eibar, but losing the tie-breaker with the Basques. On next Sunday, Depor visit CD Numancia (Los Pajaritos, 20h00 CET). Juan Dominguez is suspended for that game after picking a fifth yellow card in this match.

MATCH STATISTICS
Deportivo: (4-2-3-1) Lux – Laure, Lopo, Insua, Seoane – Álex Bergantiños, Juan Dominguez – Sissoko (Borja Bastón 88’), Rabello (Núñez 68’), Luisinho – Ifrán (Toché 81’).
Eibar: (4-2-3-1) Irureta - Lillo, Añibarro (Arregui 20’), Raúl Navas, Yuri Berchiche - Diego Rivas, Dani García - Jota Peleteiro (Kijera 86’), Arruabarrena, Capa – Mainz (Gilvan Gomes 56’).
Goals: 1-0: (17’) Ifrán, 1-1: (62’) Jota
Referee: Santiago Jaime Latre. He showed yellow card to Diego Rivas (48’), Capa (56’), Jota (63’), Luisinho (63’), Dani Garcia (75’), Lillo (76’) and Juan Dominguez (80’).
Venue: Riazor (26.651)
Other statistics: Ball possession (58% - 42%); Attempts to score (4 – 7); Total shots (8 - 14); Shots on target (3 - 5); Saves by the keepers (4 - 2); Corner-kicks (5 - 6); Offsides (0 - 4); Fouls committed (14 - 23); Passing accuracy (88.34% - 83.91%)

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