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REVIEW: DEPORTIVO 0 – CELTA 2 (LIGA)

22 Feb 2015
Depor lost the derby in a second half with punctual things that defined the game. Celta were the superior side, but it needed two defensive errors and a big miss by Oriol Riera to win the match.

BEFORE THE GAME
Coach Víctor Fernández presented the expected lineup, with Sidnei Rechel and José Rodríguez returning to the starting eleven. The draw was a 4-2-3-1. Fabricio Agosto was the keeper, Juanfran Moreno covered the right side of the defence, Luisinho performed on the left, while Albert Lopo was joining Sidnei at the centre of the defence.

Álex Bergantiños and Celso Borges were the centre midfielders, José Rodríguez covered the right wing, Iván Cavaleiro attacked from the left flank, Lucas Pérez was the playmaker and Oriol Riera was the centre forward.

At RC Celta, Berizzo was betting in Charles Dias de Oliveira for the centre of the attack leaving Joaquín Larrivey on the bench. The other references in attack were Michael Krohn-Dehli, Fabián Orellana and Manuel Agudo Durán ‘Nolito’.

FIRST HALF
Entertaining game in this new edition of the Galician derby, though missing the excitement of the goal opportunities. Both sides dominated a frame in the first part, with Celta having larger good moments, but there were only four shots on target in the first half.

The game started with both sides pushing forward and constantly exchanging the ball possession. The pace was high and the first shot on target came at minute 4, it was Lucas Pérez after collecting a low cross from the left, but his attempt was too easy for visiting goalie Sergio Álvarez. Celta responded with a weird play in which Augusto Fernandez sent a high volley through a heel touch that was cleared by Fabricio.

Lucas Pérez was pretty active in the game, he earned a corner-kick in a solo-move and then Deportivo had the next chance to score. In the resulting cross Cavaleiro picked the ball at the box and his drilling shot missed the near post (9’).

With the passage of the minutes the locals started to have the ball, the visiting outfit was trying to move forward through fast plays, but Depor’s defence was anticipating the moves and regaining the ball. At minute 13, Celso Borges throw a free-kick at the left wing, his cross wasn’t touched by anyone and the ball passed close to the far post.

Orellana had his first chance in the game at minute 16, he got the ball at the edge of the area, but his high shot was blocked by Fabricio. Depor responded with a drilling shot by Oriol Riera that was looking for the far post and Sergio cleared the danger (18’).

Deportivo seemed like controlling the game, but the fast moves of Celta were bringing danger, like the combination between Nolito and Krohn-Dehli in which the Danish missed the ball by inches after a great drilling pass (23’).

After a stage with the locals looking more dangerous, then the game changed and Celta started to dominate. Their long runs and quick attacks by the sides were giving problems to Depor, but Celta’s attackers missed aim and ideas to make the last pass and create a scoring opportunity.

Celta were much better within the final fifteen minutes, with Nemanja Radoja blocking the game of Lucas, while the attacking line was searching for the cracks at the defense with fast plays, something that provoked two good moves by Fabricio anticipating the arrival of the ball. It’s also true that Los Celestes missed punch to create scoring chances, their only clear opportunity in this frame of the game was a crossed shot of Orellana that missed the target (41’).

Lucas was the most active player in the first part, but he went down in the final fifteen minutes and only completed the 50% of his passes. Without him, the attacks were reduced to the moves of both full-backs, the combinations between Cavaleiro and Borges, plus the aerial game by Riera.

SECOND HALF
Deportivo never managed the tempos in the second part, it allowed a quick goal and later lacked to react before a dangerous rival that could have scored more goals, but suddenly there was a big chance to score for Riera that was wasted, immediately Lopo was sent off and Larrivey just confirmed what was already done.

The second half started with a shocker for the locals, because Celta scored after only 39 seconds. The locals lost the ball with Oriol Riera and provoked a counterattack, Nolito got the ball at the left side of the area, then he drilled it to the far post and Orellana chipped it before the pressure of Fabricio, then the ball went into the far post and Charles only had to head the ball home.

Depor lost control of the situation with this early hit, because it turned to be desperate and never found the way to break Celta’s defence, while the visiting outfit had things where they wanted: attacking with fast moves by the sides in quick counterattacks. In this sense the second goal was looking closer than a possible equalizer.

Borges and Álex were totally outplayed by Radoja and Krohn-Dehli and from there Depor never found the balance. Then Víctor made the first change and Isaac Cuenca replaced José Rodríguez. The centre midfielder was participative in the destruction of the game, but now Depor was now needing a spark in attack. But the Catalan winger never brought the needed punch.

The locals only reacted until minute 59 with a shot of Lucas Pérez that went over the crossbar. The opportunity was promising to be a turning point as Deportivo turned to be the side having the ball, but the true is that they never knew what to do it with it, then Víctor made the second substitution and Hélder Costa replaced Cavaleiro.

And then things moved fast as every play turned to be decisive. The game went from the possible 1-1 to a 0-1 loss and with Depor playing with ten men. At minute 71 Deportivo had its biggest chance to score. After the local harassment Hélder Costa fired from close range, the ball hit a rival and then Lucas fired again, Sergio made a great save, but the loose ball was left to Oriol Riera, who just had to push the ball in from inside the box, instead he hit the crossbar.

And one minute later Lopo was sent off with two yellow cards after committing a foul at midfield. Both were clear fouls in which he arrived late, the first one could have even been a red card (5’). The game ended there as Celta had things under control since that moment, though Riera had a new opportunity to score, this time collecting a high volley inside the area, but he was too slow before Sergio (77’). The Catalan had two chances that could have changed the tide and he missed.

Víctor didn’t make more changes despite been playing only with one centre-back, and he paid the price for the risky bet. Substitute Joaquín Larrivey entered and he scored the second goal seizing another bad pass by Depor. Luisinho couldn’t clear the ball inside the area and the striker got it to end eluding Fabricio and score from close range. Celta even had the chance to score the third with Michael Krohn-Dehli firing from the left side of the area and Fabricio cleared the danger (87’). The Danish was one of the best players at the visiting team.

AFTER THE GAME
Frustration at the Riazor. Celta were the superior team and deserved the victory, though things turned to be pretty equal and the goals only arrived with two individual errors, while Riera missed the equalizer with an impossible blooper from inside the box. Lopo was sent off in an unfortunate second half for Deportivo.

Depor will wait for Sunday’s results in order to confirm its status at the standings, for the moment it remains five points above the pit. On next Saturday the Galicians visit a direct rival: UD Almeria (Estadio de los Juegos Mediterráneos, 20h00 CET)

MATCH STATISTICS
Deportivo: (4-2-3-1) Fabricio – Juanfran, Sidnei, Lopo, Luisinho – Álex Bergantiños, Celso Borges – José Rodríguez (Cuenca 55’), Lucas, Cavaleiro (Hélder Costa 67’) – Oriol Riera.
Celta: (4-3-3) Sergio – Sergi Gómez, Cabral, Fontás, Jonny  – Augusto, Radoja, Krohn-Dehli (Pablo Hernández 90’)  – Orellana (Álex López 76’), Charles (Larrivey 72’), Nolito.
Goals: 0-1: (46’) Charles, 0-2: (81’) Larrivey
Referee: Pedro Jesús Pérez Montero. He showed yellow card to Luisinho (53’), Charles (58’), Lucas (64’), Nolito (65’), Sergio Álvarez (85’) & Sergi Gómez (86’). Lopo was sent off with two yellow cards (5’ & 72’)
Venue: Riazor (30,334)
Other statistics: Ball possession (46% - 54%); Attempts to score (5 – 7); Total shots (14 - 8); Shots on target (4 - 5); Saves by the keepers (3 - 4); Corner-kicks (4 - 3); Offsides (0 - 6); Fouls committed (17 - 13); Passing accuracy (65% - 71%)

* RESULTS & STANDINGS

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