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REVIEW: DEPORTIVO 2 – GRANADA 2 (LIGA)

26 Jan 2015
Deportivo dropped two points before a rival that only completed two shots on target and that wasn’t creating problems in the second part. Lucas Pérez scored and Fariña was sent off after entering the game in the second half.

BEFORE THE GAME
Coach Víctor Fernández presented the expected men for the game, though the formation was a 4-2-3-1. It included the presence of Lucas Pérez as a starter. Fabricio Agosto was the keeper, Juanfran Moreno covered the right side of the defense, the left sector was for Luisinho. The central positions were for Albert Lopo and Sidnei Rechel.

Álex Bergantiños and Juan Domínguez were the midfielders in the formation. José Rodríguez attacked from the right wing, Iván Cavaleiro did it from the left, Lucas Pérez was the playmaker and Oriol Riera was the centre forward.

At Granada CF, coach Abel Resino was debuting after been signed during the week. He presented a different team to the one tested one day before. All the novelties were in attack as Youssef El-Arabi, Robert Ibáñez and Francisco Medina ‘Piti’ were starters in the game. Alhassane ´Lass’ Bangoura was the other reference upfront.

FIRST HALF
Very complex first part. Deportivo started the game with the same attitude shown in past home defeats like the one against Almeria or Getafe, which included to concede a goal. There were defensive errors and Granada could have score more goals, but there was a late reaction as the Galicians scored two goals in a matter of five minutes.

The game was fast within the first minutes. Depor were having the ball and attacked by the sides throughout a couple of dangerous crosses that didn’t find any receiver. Meanwhile, Granada CF were pushing through counterattacks without consequences.

And then Granada scored an early goal after a throw-in. Iturra assisted Piti, who easily eluded Luisinho at the edge of the area to end releasing a curved shot that went directly into the top-left corner of Fabricio.

The goal hit hard Deportivo as the Galician team lost the strength of the first minutes, while the defence started to have problems to contain the counterattacks by the visiting outfit. The first chance for Depor came at minute 14, Riera headed a cross from Juanfran, but it was an easy catch for visiting goalie Oier Olazábal (14’).

Granada CF continued to be the most dangerous team on the pitch. In the next play El-Arabi couldn’t connect the ball after a short pass by Piti. Víctor Fernández warned the day before that the team able to control the nerves was going to be the side capable of winning the match, and clearly that side wasn’t Depor, at least within the first half an hour.

Suddenly Depor were broken, Álex Bergantiños and Juan Dominguez were unable to control midfield territory and the locals were playing on long throws, which made easier the things to Granada CF, side that was looking pretty comfortable in this first part.

To make things worse the defence was also failing, at minute 27, Sidnei made a bad pass and gave the ball to Lass, who entered the area by the right wing, but his drilling cross was too easy for Fabricio. The visiting team was deserving a bigger advantage.

And just when Depor were playing the worse, the locals passed to lead in the scoresheet. Depor were pushing upfront with Sidnei, Álex drilled the ball into the left wing, it found Oriol Riera alone enough to release a crossed shot that was deflected by Oier, the ball went into the far post and José Rodríguez arrived on time to push the ball in.

Just five minutes later Sidnei appeared again, this time stealing the ball at midfield and running towards the goal, he assisted José Rodriguez on the right wing, then he drilled the ball into the box, Sidnei was already there, though backwards the goal, and after the Brazilian touched the ball Lucas Pérez came from behind to score the second goal. The picture drastically changed as now Depor were pushing upfront and was the most dangerous side on the pitch, though there were no more goals in the first part.

SECOND HALF
The final part was more equal, though less exciting as there were only a few scoring chances. Depor were caressing the three points, but a late and lucky goal meant the equalizer. The team ended the game with ten players, but it was pushing in order to win the game.

The start of the second part was more balanced, with Granada CF pushing upfront, but with Depor been dangerous through the counterattack. The visiting team had a couple of free-kicks within the first six minutes, but there was no problem for Fabricio.

Depor were also having chances. At minute 51, Cavaleiro attempted from inside the box, but it was saved by Oier. Four minutes later it was Juanfran, who was pushed by a rival inside the box, he connected the ball, but it went out.

Then Víctor Fernández made the first modification and Luis Fariña replaced Lucas. The Galician playmaker wasn’t fit to play for the full 90 minutes. Fariña was fine in his first minutes on the pitch, but later disappeared until been sent off.

The first chance for Fariña in the game came at minute 61, he was assisted by omnipresent Sidnei and the strong shot from the Argentine playmaker went over the crossbar. Two minutes later he appeared again. Álex sent a perfect volley into the edge of the area, but the loanee from Benfica couldn’t control the ball before Oier.

Víctor made the second substitution and Toché replaced Oriol Riera. At the same time Rubén Rochina replaced Piti, offensive moves at both teams as the game was clearly not decided yet.  The game continued to be equal, though without seeing clear scoring opportunities.

The third modification at Depor was the entry of Laure for José Rodríguez. The midfielder was already booked, so he was replaced. The modification pushed Juanfran to the right wing, while Laure was now the right-back defender.

Granada didn’t create any harm in the second half, but it was able to tie the game in the final minutes. It was a lateral free-kick in which the defence was unable to clear the ball, Rober Ibáñez found it at the left corner of the area and scored the equalizer with a low shot.

And things turned to be harder for Depor as Fariña was sent off a couple of minutes later. He committed a foul in attack and Fran Rico protested, so the Argentine hit him in the face. The referee reported the red card as an aggression, so the player could be banned for four games. 

Each side had a chance to win the game within the final minutes. First Cavaleiro assisted Juan Dominguez, but his drilling shot was saved by Oier (87’), and in the last play of the game Lass entered the area by the left, but his drilling cross was intercepted inside the box.

AFTER THE GAME
Tasteless draw for Deportivo. The Blanquiazul outfit suffered a lot within the first 30 minutes, it later reacted and had things under control in the second half, but an unlucky play in a set-piece cost two points and brought fresh air to a direct rival. Depor also suffered the second expulsion on the season after Fariña was sent off with a direct red card due to an aggression over a rival.

Depor remain out of relegation, but closer to the pit after dropping two points. The next game takes place on Friday as the Galician outfit visit the Estadio de Vallecas in order to face Rayo Vallecano (20h45 CET).

MATCH STATISTICS
Deportivo: (4-2-3-1) Fabricio – Juanfran, Lopo, Sidnei, Luisinho Juan Domínguez, Álex Bergantiños – José Rodríguez (Laure 73’), Lucas Pérez (Fariña 56’), Cavaleiro – Riera (Toché 65’).
Granada: (4-2-3-1) Oier – Foulquier, Babin, Mainz, Emanuel Insúa – Rico, Iturra – Ibáñez, Piti (Rochina 66’), Lass (Juan Carlos 62’) – El-Arabi (Córdoba 73’)
Goals: 0-1: (6’) Piti, 1-1: (33’) José Rodríguez, 2-1: (37’) Lucas Pérez, 2-2: (83’) Ibáñez
Referee: Carlos Del Cerro Grande. He showed yellow card to José Rodríguez (42’), Juan Dominguez (47’), Lucas Pérez (54’), Juan Carlos (74’), Fran Rico (86') and Córdoba (89'). Fariña was sent off with a direct red card (86’).
Venue: Riazor (18,827)
Other statistics: Ball possession (47% - 53%); Attempts to score (8 – 4); Total shots (13 - 5); Shots on target (7 - 2); Saves by the keepers (0 - 5); Corner-kicks (7 - 2); Offsides (3 - 4); Fouls committed (18 - 15); Passing accuracy (72% - 80%)

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