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REVIEW: GRANADA 2 – DEPORTIVO 1 (LIGA)

24 Aug 2014
Two defensive errors in the second half after a promising first part cost the game to Deportivo. Cavaleiro was a starter and scored. Granada played badly in the first half and later improved, it was the opposite performance by Depor.

BEFORE THE GAME
Coach Víctor Fernández debuted at Deportivo using a 4-2-3-1 figure, but there was a novelty as Iván Cavaleiro was picked to start the game on the right wing claiming the spot of Isaac Cuenca.

Lux was the keeper, Laure covered the right-back position, Canella performed on the left, then Insua and Lopo were the centre-backs. Juan Dominguez and José Rodriguez were the centre midfielders, Cavaleiro attacked from the right wing, Luisinho did it from the left, Fariña was the playmaker and Toché was the centre forward.

At Granada CF, coach Joaquín Caparrós chose to play with a 4-4-2 figure. Macedonian Stole Dimitrievski was the chosen one to play on goal, while the references up front were Ecuadorian Darwin Machís and Moroccan/French Youssef El Arabi. Ex-Blackburn Rovers Rubén Rochina was another reference attacking from the right wing.

FIRST HALF
Solid first part by Depor without showing luxuries; the game was very physical in the first part (22 fouls) and there was only one shot on target, and it turns out that the lonely shot on goal allowed Depor to claim the lead before a inaccurate rival that had big problems to create scoring chances. Deportivo had some mismatches at defense, but in a general sense it had a solid performance, at least in this half.

Both teams launched their liga campaigns with intensity, but without creating scoring opportunities within the first ten minutes. Granada CF were having the ball possession and were trying to surprise through quick attacks, while Deportivo were attempting to play on long throws and counterattacks.

The Galicians had the first opportunity in the game; Toché controlled the ball at the left corner of the area and released a drilling cross that Fariña couldn’t control at the box (9’). The Andalusians responded with a wide shot of Rochina (10’). At minute 12, Depor’s defense failed to clear a long pass coming from defense and Machís seized the opportunity to run all over the left wing to end releasing a cross that didn’t find a receiver.

Depor weren’t suffering too much, mainly but the presence of Juan Carlos on the left were bringing problems to them. Meanwhile, Depor had more presence on the left wing with Luisinho and CanellaCavaleiro was pretty active on the right side, though he wasn’t a factor as he was constantly losing the ball.

But suddenly the Portuguese arrived on time to score the first goal of the season. Fariña made a long play at the edge of the area and attempted a shot from the right corner, it hit a rival and Cavaleiro collected the loose ball to rifle a strong and drilling shot that Dimitrievski couldn’t block properly.

There was no response from the locals; they claimed the ball possession, but were unable to break Depor’s deadlock. Meanwhile, Depor were looking more calmed. Cavaleiro was growing up in the game and switched the position with Luisinho. The locals were awful with the set-pieces and Rochina was disappeared thanks to the performance by Canella. Meanwhile the only appearance by El Arabi was a shot from the edge of the area that missed the target (43’).

SECOND HALF
Radical change in the final part. Depor lost the control showed in the first half and at times it was outplayed by a more intense rival. Things were equal in the final frame of the game when the score was 1-1, but an error in a set-piece cost the defeat. Granada improved its passing accuracy, but more importantly its aim in the set-pieces.

The second part started with a double change by Caparrós; he wasn’t content at all and put a tougher midfielder -Iturra- and another striker Alfredo Ortuño, who scored and assisted for Girona in the last game of the past season (1-3 loss). And the locals pushed since the kick-off, having two straight corner-kicks that were close to end with a shot on target.

But Depor were also having chances, at minute 50, Luisinho stole the ball and ran into the area eluding two rivals, but missed the ball at the last second before local goalie Dimitrievski. The Portuguese was pretty active in the game, but was also playing at the limit. He was dragging a yellow card from the first half was close to be sent off after a tough challenge on Nyom.

Granada completed its first shot on target at minute 52, Ruben Rochina attempted a left-footed shot from outside the box that was saved at the centre of the goal by Lux. And just two minutes later the same player scored the equalizer. Ortuño made a fine pass with the chest, then Rochina controlled the ball and easily entered the area between Laure and Lopo to score with a drilling attempt past Depor’s goalie.

The Galicians were totally outplayed in the next minutes; they were constantly losing the ball and Víctor Fernandez ordered the first modification with the entry of Haris Medunjanin replacing Luisinho. The Bosnian brought calm and aim in the set-pieces.

The second substitution was the entry of Isaac Cuenca claiming the spot of Toché. The Murcian striker didn’t have any clear chance, though he was fighting to get the ball up-front. About the debut of the ex-Barca winger, he made several interesting plays on the right wing, always moving into the centre, but Depor didn’t complete any shot on target in the half. Cavaleiro was moved to the centre and performed as a false nine, but neither was a factor to create scoring chances.

With the passage of the minutes the pressure was slower, so Depor started to have the ball. The Andalusians were only arriving in set-pieces, like the free-kick of Fran Rico that Mainz headed out (72’). It seemed that Depor were regaining some of the control in the first part, but a distraction at defense was going to cost the game.

It was a big error by Depor’s defense as Fran Rico released a long cross in a set-piece action, nobody at defense managed to mark properly centre-back Jean-Sylvain Babin, who headed the ball backwards before a passive Lux. The Andalusians improved a lot in set-pieces in this half, and then Depor showed its lack of control in these actions.

After the goal Depor pushed up front and Álex Bergantiños replaced José Rodriguez. There were some solid crosses released by Medunjanin during a free-kick and two corner-kicks, but nobody sent the ball between the posts; actually the Galicians ended the game only completing one shot on target and losing their first game on the season.

AFTER THE GAME
First disappointment during the league season; without shinning, Depor dominated the things in the first part, it scored goal and felt comfortable before a poor rival. But things changed in the second part. The Galicians lost the control, the defensive mismatches appeared again and the Andalusians scored twice in the second half.

This is only the fourth defeat for Depor in an opening Primera matchday within the last two decades. Now Depor will return to Riazor in order to play its first home game of the league campaign: Vs. Rayo Vallecano (Sunday, 21h00 CET).

MATCH STATISTICS
Granada: (4-4-2) Dimitrievski - Nyom, Mainz, Babin, Sissoko – Yuste (Iturra 46’), Fran Rico, Rochina (Foulquier 81’), Juan Carlos (Ortuño 46’) - El Arabi, Machís.  
Deportivo: (4-2-3-1) Lux – Laure, Lopo, Insua, Canella – José Rodríguez (Álex Bergantiños 84’), Juan Dominguez – Cavaleiro, Fariña, Luisinho (Medunjanin 57’) – Toché (Cuenca 66’).
Goals: 0-1: (20’) Cavaleiro, 1-1: (54’) Rochina, 2-1: (77’) Babin
Referee: Iñaki Vicandi Garrido. He showed yellow card to Luisinho (41’), Lopo (56’), El Arabi (67’) and José Rodriguez (76’)
Venue: Los Cármenes (14,908)
Other statistics: Ball possession (53% - 47%); Attempts to score (6 – 3); Total shots (10 - 7); Shots on target (3 - 1); Saves by the keepers (0 - 2); Corner-kicks (5 - 3); Offsides (2 - 5); Fouls committed (13 - 26); Passing accuracy (79% - 74%)

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