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03 Aug 2014
New defeat on the pre-season. The Portuguese outfit was the better team, though it was Depor the side that hit the woodwork twice. Fariña and José Rodriguez left a positive impression, but it was Fabricio the best player with his saves.

Víctor Fernández presented a 4-2-3-1 formation with only one Fabril’s player: Marcos Remeseiro, who was performing as a right winger. Fabricio was the keeper, Laure covered the right side of the defense, while Canella was at the left.

The centre-backs were Albert Lopo and Pablo Insua, at midfield territory José Rodriguez was joining Juan Dominguez. Argentine Luis Fariña was the playmaker, Luisinho attacked from the left flank and Toché was the central attacker.

SC Braga used the game as the presentation before their fans. New coach Sérgio Conceição is preparing a team with many young faces, actually O Minho is about to reach the 20 operations in the summer window, the biggest one is Uruguayan striker Jonathan Rodríguez, only one hour before the kick-off they announced the arrival of left-back Diavan. Against Depor, they were playing with a strong team, including well-known names such as Ruben Micael and Custódio Castro.

Deportivo showed the same inconsistency up front, this time it was facing a deeper team than Académica, but found out in Fabricio a key value to hold on the zero until the final minutes. Still, Víctor Fernández’s team showed interesting things, like the control of José Rodriguez at midfielder and the unbalance of Fariña. Depor hit the posts twice.

The game was entertaining despite there was only one goal, this for the goal opportunities created by both sides. SC Braga and Deportivo were stepping into the rival’s area thanks to their abilities and also due to the mismatches of the defenses, though there were no shots on target within the first twenty minutes.

Remeseiro left again a positive impression, he brought freshness on the right wing and released a couple of crosses that weren’t capitalized by Toché, but the most dangerous man was Fariña, always involved in the offensive moves of his team.

It also called the attention the confrontation at midfielder between the young couple José Rodriguez-Juan Dominguez and one full of experience (Custodio-Ruben Micael). Starting at minute 20, the locals gained total control of the actions and began to push up front. It was then that the figure of Fabricio emerged to become into the best Depor’s player in the match. At minute 25, Colombian Felipe Pardo was close to score heading a corner-kick that was stopped by Fabricio.

At minute 34, Deportivo had their first chance in the game through a direct free-kick by Luisinho that missed the target by inches.  At this point the Galicians seemed at the mercy of The Portuguese outfit, but this changed for the last stretch of the first half.

At minute 43, José Rodriguez assisted Fariña and the Argentine drilled the ball into the path of Luisinho, who hit the woodwork from close range, one minute later Fariña made a great play eluding three rivals, but the play only ended with a shot of Toché that was blocked by local keeper Matheus Lima

The second half started with Víctor Fernández switching the draw into a 4-4-2 as Arizmendi replaced Remeseiro. And the first five minutes were electric as substitute Alan was close to score in which turned to be a great save by Fabricio, in the next play Canella released a cross from the left and Toché hit the crossbar with a header.

SC Braga had the ball possession in the second half and was constantly approaching into the rival’s area, but Fabricio was making a great game and prevented the goal in a couple of opportunities, besides the match lost pace with the large number of substitutions, among them Álex Bergantiños replacing Insua in order to perform as a centre-back. Later he was moved to midfielder territory after Iago López replaced Juan Dominguez.

It seemed the game was going to end goalless, but the locals found the winning goal five minutes before the final whistle. Tiago Gómez released a powerful free-kick that was saved by Fabricio, but the loose ball was met by French defender Vincent Sasso, who scored from close range. The game ended with the expulsion of Manuel Pablo for protesting.

It was the fourth game on the pre-season, the third defeat and also the third time in which the Galicians end scoreless. Depor return now to A Coruña and their next friendly match is on next Tuesday against Segunda B club Racing de Ferrol (19h30 CET, Estadio Municipal de A Pinguela).

SC Braga: Matheus (Kritciuk 84’) – Goiano (Eder 75’), Santos (Sasso 75’), Wallace (Baiano 46’), Tiago Gomes (Victor Golas 46’) – Custodio (Luis Carlos 75’), Pedro Tiba (Danilo 84’), Ruben Micael (André Pinto 46’), Rafa (Alan 46’), Pardo (Agra 46’)- Zé Luis (Pedro Santos 60’)
Deportivo: (4-2-3-1) Fabricio – Laure (Manuel Pablo 60’), Lopo, Insua (Álex Bergantiños 62’), Canella (Seoane 58’) – José Rodriguez (Wilk 60’), Juan Dominguez (Iago López 76’) – Remeseiro (Arizmendi 46’), Fariña (Dani Iglesias 65’) (Róber 89’), Luisinho (Cardoso 82’) – Toché (Borja Bastón 65’)
Goal: 1-0: (85’) Sasso
Venue: Axa stadium (12,000)
Referee: Tiago Antunes. He showed yellow card to Juan Dominguez (57), Arizmendi (73’), Seoane (80’) & Fabricio (89’). Manuel Pablo was sent off (89’)



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