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REVIEW: RAYO VALLECANO 1 – DEPORTIVO 2 (LIGA)

31 Jan 2015
Refreshing victory on the road for a serious Deportivo that played its best away game on the season. Celso Borges debuted with a brace and the Galicians are starting to put some distance with the drop zone.

BEFORE THE GAME
Victor Fernández presented the predicted lineup for the game. Celso Borges debuted and went directly into the starting eleven. Fabricio Agosto was the goalkeeper, Juanfran Moreno performed covering the right side of the defense, the left was for Luisinho, while the central positions were for Albert Lopo and Sidnei Rechel.

Álex Bergantiños joined Celso Borges at midfield, José Rodriguez performed at the right wing, Iván Cavaleiro attacked from the left flank, Lucas Pérez is the playmaker and Oriol Riera was the centre forward. In this way two of the four winter singings were starters in the game.

At Rayo Vallecano, Quini was left out of the roster and the spot at the right side of the defense was for Tito, who was surprisingly recovered from an adductor injury. Also surprising was to see Leo Baptistão starting in the game after been included in the roster and despite been off for the past three weeks. A third novelty was the presence of Mexican Javier Aquino at the right wing. The rest was the predicted lineup by coach Paco Jémez.

FIRST HALF
Entertaining first half despite there were only a few clear scoring chances. The high pressure of Depor surprised the locals. Borges and especially Cavaleiro were the more active players for the Galicians in a first part that was pretty equal.

Deportivo started the game pressing up front, only 11 seconds after the kick-off Lucas Pérez found the ball at the left side of the rea, but his shot went wide. Rayo Vallecano responded with a long run of Leo Baptistão in a new distraction of the defence, but Fabricio was there to make the save and deflect the ball to corner-kick (2’).

These early actions invited to think in an open game, and it turned to be like that, though there were only a few clear scoring chances. Rayo Vallecano was pressing trying to have the ball, but the high pressure of Depor was bringing problems to the locals, to the point that Rayo were close to allow a goal after losing the ball at the edge of the area.

During the week there were a lot of comments regarding the way Deportivo were defending the set-pieces, Álex Bergantiños was even remembering that it was strange that the team hasn’t scored lately in these kinds of actions.

But the ghosts were early cleared, because Depor were going to score the first goal in the game thanks to a set-piece. Cavaleiro took a free-kick at the left corner of the area, he sent the ball into the far post, local goalie Toño committed an error as he only deflected the ball and Celso Borges was there to only push the ball in from the box. His first goal with Depor after only nine minutes on the pitch.

But the advantage only lasted ten minutes, because Alberto Bueno equalized seizing an error of Depor’s defence. Aquino released a high cross from the left, Lopo missed to clear the danger with the head, then it hit Baptistão and Bueno just had to push the ball in from close range.

After the equalizer Rayo dominated the game and looked like the most dangerous team, but it only created problems through a header by Bueno that didn’t bring problems to Fabricio (28’). Meanwhile, the Galicians were pretty active on the left wing, with Cavaleiro leading the attacks, but Depor was missing to create scoring chances.

However, Los Blanquiazules were close to reach the pause with the advantage in the scoresheet after having a triple chance at the last minute. Firstly José Rodriguez fired from the left side of the area, Toño blocked the drilling attempt, then Ze Castro lost the ball when he was trying to move forward, again the shot of Rodriguez was saved and in the last chance Borges attempted a curved shot from long range that was saved by Toño (44').

SECOND HALF
Depor kept the concentration in the second part, it lose the ball possession, but their high pressure continued to bring problems to Rayo, to the point that the visiting team had the best opportunities in this half, one of them a new penalty of Ba over a Depor player (Sidnei). Great debut for Celso Borges scoring twice.

The second half followed the same path: the high pressure of Depor was forcing the locals to lose the ball in much compromised positions, which allowed the visiting team to reach the rival’s area at ease. The first big chance in the half occurred in the same way than the first goal: a free-kick by Cavaleiro. This time the Portuguese hit the crossbar (53’).

Rayo responded with the same dose: two free-kicks, in the first Trashorras scored after collecting the cross from the left, but he was offside (55’), later the same player missed the target, this time firing from the left corner of the area (58’).

The game continued to be open, Rayo were pushing and having the ball possession, but the pressure from the visitors was causing the impression that Depor were close to score. The first change of Víctor Fernández was the entry of Isaac Cuenca for Lucas, the latter was dragging issues on the knee and, besides, he was carrying a yellow card.

But this was called to be the game of Celso Borges… and Abdoulaye Ba, who committed another huge mistake after the two errors of the first round game. At the time he committed a last-minute penalty over Medunjanin, now he committed another one after pushing Sidnei during a corner-kick. Paco Jémez was so furious that replaced the defender with Pozuelo.

Celso Borges came and scored the goal from the penalty spot sending Toño in the wrong way. After the goal the Madrilenians pushed again, but they didn’t bring too many problems to Fabricio, only a short distance attempt by Bueno after a distraction in a new high ball. It was saved by Depor's goalie.

Juan Dominguez replaced Oriol Riera, a move that switched the draw into a 4-3-3 and with Cavaleiro as the centre forward.  Despite the ball possession was for the locals, it was Depor the side with the best chances. The main one was a low shot by Cuenca from outside the box that was cleared to corner-kick (86’). Insua was the last substitution as he replaced Sidnei during the stoppage time, the Brazilian suffered a muscle injury.

AFTER THE GAME
Deportivo returned to winning ways and clinched the second win on the road after a convincing performance. The key was to put a lot of pressure at midfield, which led to the many errors committed by Rayo at midfield and at the back zone. Celso Borges was the man on the spotlight as he scored a brace, the second Depor’s player that scores two or more goals in his Primera debut. The previous Depor player with two or more goals in his debut at Primera was José Fernández Sánchez 'Paseiro': Hat-trick Vs. RCD Espanyol (February 27, 1949)

The win is pushing Depor away from the relegation zone and waiting for the other results. The next game takes place on next Friday as Depor host SD Eibar at the Riazor (20h45 CET). José Rodriguez is suspended for that game after picking the fifth yellow card on the season.

MATCH STATISTICS
Rayo Vallecano: (4-2-3-1) Toño – Tito, Ba (Pozuelo 71’), Ze Castro, Insúa – Trashorras, Baena – Aquino (Adrián Embarba 75’), Bueno,  Kakuta -  Baptistão (Manucho 60’)
Deportivo: (4-2-3-1) Fabricio – Juanfran, Lopo, Sidnei (Insua 90+2’), Luisinho – Álex Bergantiños, Borges – José Rodríguez, Lucas Pérez (Cuenca 70’), Cavaleiro – Oriol Riera (Juan Dominguez 78’).
Goals: 0-1: (10’) Borges, 1-1: (21’) Bueno, 1-2: (72’) Borges (penalty)
Referee: Eduardo Prieto Iglesias. He showed yellow card to Ze Castro (29’), José Rodríguez (39’), Sidnei (51’), Laure (52’), Lucas (58’), Ba (70’), Baena (88’) and Insua (90+2’)
Venue: Estadio de Vallecas (15,000)
Other statistics: Ball possession (58% - 42%); Attempts to score (7 – 11); Total shots (11 - 13); Shots on target (4 - 6); Saves by the keepers (4 - 3); Corner-kicks (10 - 7); Offsides (3 - 2); Fouls committed (14 - 18); Passing accuracy (76% - 64%)

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