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23 Nov 2014
Soulless game at the Riazor. Depor lacked ideas upfront and Real Sociedad missed more aim. Enough reasons to explain the third goalless draw on the season for the Galicians. Los Blanquiazules could end the matchday in relegation.

As it was expected coach Víctor Fernández presented a 5-3-2 draw at the Riazor, a figure with three centre-backs and three centre midfielders. The novelty was that José Rodríguez was a starter leaving Polish Cezary Wilk on the bench.

Fabricio was the starting keeper, Juanfran Moreno was the right-back defender, Luisinho performed on the left, while the central positions were for Lopo, Insua and Sidnei. The trio at midfield was composed by Medunjanin, José Rodriguez and Juan Dominguez. Then Cavaleiro and Postiga were the attackers.

At Real Sociedad, David Moyes debuted with a 4-2-3-1 figure, there were several novelties at defense. Alberto de La Bella and Carlos Martínez were covering the sides. But as it was expected Granero, Carlos Vela, Chory Castro and Imanol Agirretxe were the references up front.

Not a good first part for Deportivo. The team missed depth and ideas upfront, while it was having problems at the back defending the counterattacks of the rival. Neither was the night for Real Sociedad as the Basques had good chances, but missed aim.

The game started with Real Sociedad having the ball possession and pushing forward, always led by Sergio Canales, but it was Deportivo the side that completed the first shot on target. Luisinho got the ball at the edge of the area after a corner-kick, but his attempt was too easy for visiting goalie Eñaut Zubikarai (5’).

Real Sociedad responded with Canales and a solo-move that ended with a drilling shot that was deflected to corner-kick (9’). Two minutes later Agirretxe sent the ball out after picking a cross coming from the left wing.

The game turned to be open, with Real Sociedad having the ball possession and looking more dangerous, but both sides were enjoying of opportunities. At minute 13, Canales got the ball again, this time at the left side of the area and released a strong shot that hit the face of Fabricio. One minute later José Rodriguez penetrated by the left side of the area and his shot was repealed by Zubikarai.

José Rodríguez was pretty active in the game, mainly appearing on the right wing. At minute 25, he made a new run at that side of the pitch and his low cross was about to meet Postiga, but it was cleared by a defender. Another player that was looking great was Juanfran, participative in attack and especially accurate at the back cutting a couple of dangerous plays.

Despite having three centre-backs, Depor were looking erratic defending the fast moves of the visiting outfit. At minute 24 the Basques were close to capitalize a counterattack after a corner-kick for Depor, but Juanfran made the save when only two local players were defending against three attackers.

Those mismatches were again close to cost the goal at minute 29, because Carlos Vela broke the offside trap and his chipping attempt was close to surprise Fabricio, but the Canarian cleared the ball over the crossbar.

Then the game became hotter, assistant Roberto Cabellud was sent off after protesting a gesture of David Moyes. The public also protested a couple of decisions of the referee that were favorable to Real Sociedad and later Juanfran was booked for a tough tackle over Vela, Medunjanin was also booked for protesting in this frame of the meeting.

At minute 34, Carlos Vela sent the ball wide after collecting a good cross by Chory Castro.  Depor reacted with Luisinho collecting a loose ball inside the area, but his shot was saved by Zubikarai (39’).

Depor improved in the second part with the entry of Cezary Wilk. The team pushed upfront, but there were no ideas to score a winning goal. The football of Real Sociedad was really poor and their only chance in this part of the game came after an error by Medunjanin.

Víctor Fernández interpreted that his team needed more mark at midfield, so he replaced Juan Dominguez with Cezary Wilk. It was a good choice as the Galicians looked more balanced, though they missed gunpowder in attack. The true is that the game continue to offer the same impression within the first minutes: Depor lacking depth and Real Sociedad lacking aim.

The first shot on target in this half came until minute 59, Vela collected the ball at the left corner of the area, but it was an easy catch for Fabricio. Two minutes later it was Sergio Canales who attempted with a drilling attempt, again it was saved by the Canarian goalie.

But Depor started to improve with the passage of the minutes and began to step into the rival’s area. At minute 66, Insua was close to score heading a corner-kick from the left and Zubikarai controlled the ball. One minute later a shot of Medunjanin was deflected to corner-kick.

Real Sociedad was too thick in the second part, mainly as Canales was dragging an injury and had to be replaced. Their best chance came at minute 73, Medunjanin lost the ball at his side of the field and Vela couldn’t seize the opportunity sending the ball wide from close range. It was their lonely chance in this half.

Then Toché replaced Postiga. The Portuguese man had a poor performance (only one shot). The Murcian attacker didn’t change the picture, but at least Depor were looking more dangerous within the final ten minutes. Cuenca also entered replacing Cavaleiro, who once again was looking very participative in attack.

José Rodríguez had two consecutive chances, the main one a low shot from inside the area that was luckily deflected by Zubikarai (82’). The locals had three straight corner-kicks in the last frame of the meeting, but the game ended goalless.

Not a good game. Depor showed a very grey impression before a poor rival, reason why the game left the feeling of being a soulless meeting between two teams that are struggling to advance at the standings. Wilk changed the game in the second part, while the defense, plus José Rodriguez and Juanfran also had a solid performance.

The result isn’t helpful to both sides, because they could end in relegation depending of the results in the other matches. On next Sunday Depor travel to the capital in order to face champions Atlético Madrid (Calderón stadium, 12h00 CET). Lopo is suspended for the match after picking the fifth yellow card on the season.

Deportivo: (5-3-2) Fabricio – Juanfran, Lopo, Sidnei, Insua, Luisinho – José Rodriguez, Juan Domínguez (Wilk 46’), Medunjanin – Cavaleiro (Cuenca 82’), Postiga (Toché 74’).
Real Sociedad: (4-2-3-1) Zubikarai – Martínez, Ansotegi, Elustondo, De La Bella – Bergara, Granero – Vela, Canales (Hervias 75’), Chory Castro (Rubén Pardo 68’) – Agirretxe (Finnbogason 86’)
Referee: Eduardo Prieto Iglesias. He showed yellow card to Juanfran (32’), Medunjanin (36’), Ansotegi (52’) and Lopo (90’)
Venue: Riazor (18,521)
Other statistics: Ball possession (53% - 47%); Attempts to score (7 – 7); Total shots (11 - 17); Shots on target (4 - 5); Saves by the keepers (5 - 4); Corner-kicks (8 - 6); Offsides (6 - 5); Fouls committed (14 - 11); Passing accuracy (78% - 71%)




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