Squad news


20 Oct 2014
Marvelous game by RC Deportivo, the “little revolution” of Víctor Fernández worked before a very weak Valencia CF. The whole squad had a great performance in their first home win. Lucas Pérez debuted scoring a goal.

Revolution at Deportivo, coach Víctor Fernández not only left Lopo and Manuel Pablo out of the game, but he also made six changes at the starting eleven compared to the game against Sevilla CF. The main novelties were the debuts of Fabricio Agosto and Lucas Pérez, plus seeing Pablo Insua as the captain.

Fabricio was the goalkeeper, Juanfran Moreno and Luisinho were the full-backs, with the Madrilenian performing on the right and the Portuguese on the left. Insua and Sidnei Rechel were the centre-backs, Cezary Wilk and Haris Medunjanin were the centre midfielders, Isaac Cuenca attacked from the right wing, Lucas did it from the left, Luis Fariña was the playmaker and Iván Cavaleiro was the centre forward.

At Valencia CF, coach Nuno presented the expected squad, with the debut of Filipe Augusto as a starter. Paco Alcácer was the main reference up front. Still, there was a last-minute modification as Diego Alves got injured during the warming up and he was replaced by ex-Celta Yoel Rodríguez.

There were incidents before the kick-off with confrontations between Deportivo and Valencia´s supporters outside the stadium (at the Paseo Marítimo). In more positive news, both teams were wearing pink ribbons supporting the breast cancer patients.

Solid performance by Deportivo. The team had the initiative and knew when to strike. The goals came at the last stretch of the half before a passive Valencia that didn’t complete any shot on target in the first 45 minutes. Cavaleiro, Lucas and Fariña made a lot of damage in the counterattacks.

Depor started better in the game, with a counterattack lead by Fariña and two straight corner-kicks for the Galicians (3’). The first shot on target came three minutes later, Cavaleiro picked the ball at the left corner of the area and his volley was blocked by Yoel.

The locals were looking dangerous during the counterattack, especially with the combination Fariña-Cavaleiro, thus came the next opportunity to score. At minute 9, the Argentine playmaker entered the area by the right and his cross was collected by the Portuguese attacker, but it was difficult for him to connect the ball and it went over the crossbar. Lucas was also pretty active in the game with his individual moves on both sides.

The game turned to be equal in the following minutes, with both sides exchanging the ball possession, though Depor was the side that was still having the best chances. At minute 24, Insua headed out a cross coming from the left, two minutes later Rodrigo Moreno had the first opportunity for the visiting team, it was a strong shot from the left corner of the area that went out.

Depor’s second shot on target in the game came at minute 29, Cuenca made the play at the centre and assisted Juanfran on the right wing, then the Madrilenian released a drilling shot searching for the near post and once again the ball was stopped by Yoel.

The locals were deserving the lead and they scored the first goal thanks to the set-pieces. Medunjanin released a free-kick at the edge of the area, the ball hit the left corner of the post and luckily for the visiting team it later hit the head of Yoel and then the ball went out.

But the visiting team wasn’t lucky in the resulting corner-kick, because it scored an own goal. Medunjanin released the cross from the right, Insua missed the header, but the ball hit two Valencia’s players, the last one was Gayá. Then the ball hit the crossbar and went in despite the effort by Yoel. The referee reported that it was an own goal by Mustafi, who tried to clear the ball at the goal line.

The goal knocked down Valencia and before the break the Galicians scored the second goal. It was a goal kick, Fabricio sent the long pass, Cavaleiro won an aerial duel at the left wing, almost stepping at at midfield, his header turned into a perfect assist to Lucas Pérez, who scored with a precise drilled and crossed shot from the left corner of the box. Cavaleiro even had the chance to score the third, but he missed the cross coming from the right (45+1’).

If the first half was perfect in attack, the second was a masterpiece in defense. Valencia tried to react, but it could only complete one shot on target –plus one that hit the post- before a very serious team at the back. Depor even had the time to score a third goal seizing a perfect counterattack.

Nuno made two changes at half-time, Feghouli and Carles Gil entered for Piatti and Filipe Augusto. The script on the second part was pretty clear: Valencia were having the ball possession and pushed upfront, while Depor were betting in the counterattack. But the true is that Los Chés never created a sense of real danger.

The main problem is that they focused their efforts on the wings and their crosses were always repealed by the defense. And it’s that the visiting team released 31 crosses in the whole game and only three met the target. So, their ball possession (58%) was simply useless.

Lucas Pérez made an impressive effort in the game, he wasn’t totally fit to play and that’s why he was replaced early in the second part. Still, in his last action he made an impressive run from defense to earn a free-kick in the attacking half.

He was replaced by Juan Carlos Real, who turned to be the third player making their season debut on this match. The second substitution was the entry of Toché replacing Cavaleiro. Both players were active in attack within the last minutes. Also to emphasize the solid game by Fariña and Wilk, the first creating three scoring chances and with a perfect passing accuracy (40 attempts), the second pretty active stealing the ball at midfield.

One of the few opportunities for Valencia came in a cross by Carles Gil that was connected by Rodrigo Moreno, but his crossed shot missed the target (65’). Depor were also having opportunities; at minute 68, a free-kick on the left ended with a combinative play in which Juan Carlos assisted Toché inside the area, but the Murcian attacker couldn’t release a proper shot before Yoel.

José Rodríguez was the last modification entering for Cuenca. A key moment occurred at minute 77, Alcácer, who was disappeared before, hit the crossbar and, in the resulting corner-kick, the visiting team protested a possible penalty by Fabricio. And the third goal came in the counterattack, José Rodríguez made a perfect assist drilling the ball into the edge of the area, Toché ran, entered the area and beat Yoel with a strong shot.

The game was over by then, but both sides had a chance to score. First it was Medunjanin with a shot in a free-kick that missed the target (81’), and later Alcácer with an in individual move inside the box that was cleared to corner-kick (88’). To notice that Valencia only had three goal attempts on the game, and two of them occurred within the last ten minutes with the match already resolved. A clear demonstration of Depor’s flawless work in defense.

Second victory on the season for Depor, first at the Riazor and the most resounding one as the Blanquiazul outfit provoked the first loss of Valencia CF, an unrecognizable team that was unable to harm a very serious rival. Depor were pretty solid in attack during the first part, and the second was a masterpiece in defense. Everything was perfect, Lucas Pérez even scored in his debut.

The defeat is pulling Deportivo outside of the last place and also of the drop zone. On next Sunday, the Galician outfit will visit RCD Espanyol (Cornellà-El Prat/Power8 stadium, 17h00 CET).

Deportivo: (4-2-3-1) Fabricio – Juanfran, Insua, Sidnei, Luisinho – Wilk, Medunjanin – Cuenca (José Rodríguez 78’), Fariña, Lucas (Juan Carlos 57’) – Cavaleiro (Toché 63’)
Valencia: (4-2-3-1) Yoel – Barragán, Mustafi, Otamendi, Gayá – Javi Fuego (De Paul 75’), Filipe Augusto (Carles Gil 46’) – Rodrigo, Parejo, Piatti (Feghouli 46’) - Alcácer
Goals: 1-0: (36’) Mustafi (o.g.), 2-0: (43’) Lucas, 3-0: (79’) Toché
Referee: Javier Estrada Fernández. He showed yellow card to Filipe Augusto (35’), Fariña (57’), Feghouli (71’), Juanfran (76’), Alcácer (77’), Toché (86’), Parejo (89’) and José Rodriguez (89’).
Venue: Riazor (21,908).
Other statistics: Ball possession (42% - 58%); Attempts to score (11 – 3); Total shots (11 - 8); Shots on target (5 - 1); Saves by the keepers (1 - 3); Corner-kicks (3 - 5); Offsides (2 - 2); Fouls committed (19 - 19); Passing accuracy (77% - 84%)




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