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01 Jun 2014
Depor returned to winning ways and certified the return to Primera División. The team suffered at times, but it was a calmed night as the narrow lead, plus the other results, never put in danger the return to the elite of Spanish football.

Ibrahim Sissoko was feeling fine and therefore he was a starter; coach Fernando Vázquez presented the expected 4-1-4-1 lineup with the novelty that Diego Ifrán stayed in the formation. Lux was the starting keeper, Laure performed at the right-back position, Seoane played on the left, while the centre-backs were Insua and Marchena.

Juan Dominguez was the lonely centre midfielder, Rabello and Juan Carlos were the two playmakers, Sissoko attacked from the right wing, Luisinho did it form the left and Uruguayan Ifrán was the central attacker.

At Real Jaén, there was a big surprise as Jona was on the bench. The ex-Fabril had only scored once in the previous ten games. In the end Víctor Curto was performing as a false nine, with Israel Jerez, Fran Machado and Santi Villa as the other references on attack. The other novelty was that Belgium Ritchie Kitoko performed at the right side of the defense.

There was a great environment before the game, with the fans cheering up the team at the moment of the arrival to the stadium. Vicente Celeiro, Culio, Salomão, Rudy, Teles and ’Turu’ Flores were among the figures that watched the game at the stadium. The attendance to the game was 33,639. It was the biggest attendance in all the games played so far on the Segunda season.

Solid first half for Depor; highly concentrated at defense, accurate with the passes, having the ball possession, though missing scoring opportunities. Still, a perfect free-kick and a loose ball were enough to score the winning goal.

The game began with Depor pushing strongly, without creating too many scoring chances in this half, but locking down a rival that was only defending. There were three dangerous crosses within the first ten minutes, one of them in a lateral free-kick, but the ball never found a receiver.

Sissoko and Luisinho were switching their positions, while Juan Carlos and Rabello were accurate with their passes, with Laure and Seoane joining the attacks from the sides, but the team was missing to complete the plays and, especially, it missed to complete shots on target -only four in the whole game-

The first shot on goal came at minute 14; a low cross hit Ifrán and the rebound went into the path of Sissoko, who fired from the edge of the area, but his low attempt was too easy for visiting goalie René Román. At minute 18, Rabello found the ball at midfield and attempted a long-range shot that was also easy for Jaén’s keeper.

Real Jaén were attempting to release the counterattack, but Depor’s defense was focused and playing in advanced positions, which was the key to understand why the local team was feeling pretty comfortable despite the pressure to clinch a positive result.

And then Depor got the deserved reward: the goal. Luisinho was fouled at the edge of the area, Ifrán released the free-kick, it was an impressive curved shot that was saved by René, but the keeper couldn’t sent the ball out and the loose ball was easily found by Carlos Marchena, who just had to push the ball in from inside the box. It’s his third goal in liga.

The goal didn’t change the script of the game: Depor were still having the possession and Real Jaén were barely giving problems, only a cross from Santi Villa that Victor Curto headed out (34’), plus a long run by Curto that was saved by Juan Dominguez clearing the ball to corner-kick (38’).

However the picture radically changed for the final five minutes as the Galicians suffered a lot with two straight corner-kicks released by the Andalusians, in one of them Fran Machado was left alone at the left corner of the box, but his crossed shot missed the far post by inches (43’)

The true is that the second part was boring, at least for the first 35 minutes. But it didn’t matter to the fans as they were celebrating the promotion. Jaén pressed as it was getting into the pit with the results of the direct rivals, in this way the last ten minutes were exciting, but there were no more goals.

The second part started with the visiting outfit making a change, Jona replaced Israel Jérez in the quest to increase their depth in attack. The game was having the same script of the first minutes during the first half: high pace, but no scoring opportunities. At this point Sporting Gijón and RCD Mallorca were losing their games, so the Primera División was closer than ever before. The only big difference was that now the ball possession was for the Andalusians, while Depor were searching for the counterattack.

At minute 56, Lux blocked the ball after a cross from the right and unleased a fast counterattack, but Rabello couldn’t resolve the play when he was inside the area. Then Juan Carlos sustained a muscle problem and was replaced by Álex Bergantiños. The draw was still a 4-1-4-1, with Álex as the lonely centre midfielder.

At minute 68, Ifrán had a great chance to score after collecting a long cross when he was inside the area, he eluded a rival, but couldn’t resolve the play when he was alone before René. Then Sissoko, who was already exhausted, suffered a relapse when he jumped for the ball and was replaced by Toché. This new modification switched the draw into a 4-4-2.

It was then that Real Jaén started to push, the results of the direct rivals in the quest for the permanence weren’t positive –they were falling into the pit with the defeat- and they increased the pressure. Between minutes 70 and 72 they were close to score through a couple of crosses that Depor’s defense couldn’t clear, in the second a header of Víctor Curto hit the body of Seoane when it was looking for the goal.

The final substitution for Depor was the entry of Borja Bastón replacing Ifrán.The Madrilenian attacker had the first chance to score for the Galicians in this half, it was a corner-kick that he headed over the crossbar (79’).

Until this point the game was boring inside the pitch, but a party in the outside, with the fans chanting “El Depor es de Primera!” (Depor are from Primera!). And the picture over the grass changed within the last ten minutes as Jaén got desperate, which left a lot of room to Depor’s attackers, but they failed in five clear chances to increase the lead, in all of them having the numeric superiority, the biggest chance was a pass of Juan Dominguez to Toché, who instead of assisting Borja ended attempting to score from long-range with a low shot that went out close to the near post (87’)

The Andalusians also were close to score, their biggest chance was a disallowed goal during the stoppage time; it was Jona, who collected a chipped ball inside the area to beat Lux from close range, but he was clearly in offside position. The true is that Real Jaén didn’t deserve a better outcome, just to emphasize that they were unable to complete a shot on target in this game.

After the final whistle the party was unleased at the Riazor, Fernando Vázquez ran around the stadium, while the players were celebrating at the centre. There was a big party in A Coruña during Saturday’s night. The official acts to celebrate the promotion will take place on Monday and on next Saturday, Depor close the Segunda season visiting Girona FC (Montilivi, 18h30 CET), a team that remain in relegation, but only one point below the safety.

Deportivo La Coruña can still end the Segunda season at the top of the league, but for it the Galicians will need to add the three points in Catalonia and to see SD Eibar falling to get the victory during the visit to CD Numancia.

Deportivo: (4-1-4-1)  Lux - Laure, Marchena, Insua, Seoane - Juan Domínguez – Sissoko (Toché 68’), Juan Carlos (Álex Bergantiños 62’), Rabello, Luisinho – Ifrán (Borja Bastón 76’).
Real Jaén: (4-2-3-1) René - Kitoko, Hugo Álvarez, Servando, Nando – Quesada (Gaitán 70’), Juanma - Israel Jerez (Jona 46’), Fran Machado,  Santi Villa (Óscar Rico 58’) – Curto.
Goal: 1-0: (28’) Marchena
Referee: Francisco Manuel Arias López. He showed yellow card to Marchena (46’), Juan Dominguez (85’) and Hugo Álvarez (89’)
Venue: Riazor (33,639)
Other statistics: Ball possession (53% - 47%); Attempts to score (5 – 2); Total shots (9 - 11); Shots on target (4 - 0); Saves by the keepers (0 - 3); Corner-kicks (5 - 3); Offsides (1 - 2); Fouls committed (15 - 18); Passing accuracy (85.98% - 82.20%)




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