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14 Mar 2015
New defeat on the road for a Deportivo that completed a good first half to later fell before the counterattacks created by the Valencians. The Galicians could end the matchday in relegation.

Coach Víctor Fernández only made two changes for the game, the first was the return of Albert Lopo to the centre of the defence, while José Rodríguez was performing on the right wing. It was a 4-2-3-1 draw, with Fabricio Agosto covering the goal, Juanfran Moreno covered the right side in defence, Sidnei Rechel joined Lopo at the central positions, while Luisinho played at the left side.

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

At Valencia, coach Nuno presented the expected formation with Rubén Vezo playing at the centre of the defence. Rodrigo, Pablo Piatti and Álvaro Negredo were the references in attack.

Boring first part, the pace was slow and, despite Valencia had the initiative, Depor had the ball possession (54% by half-time). What both sides missed was spark upfront and therefore there were only a few opportunities and only two shots on target.

Things were equal at the beginning of the game, though Valencia completed two shots within the first five minutes. The first was an attempt by Negredo from the right corner of the box (1’) and the second was a drilling attempt by Piatti (4’). Both were easy catches for Fabricio.

Depor’s first approximation came at minute 11; it was a lateral free-kick that ended with a long-distance shot by Luisinho that was blocked by local goalie Diego Alvés. Valencia responded with a header by Negredo after a corner-kick that went directly into the path of Depor’s keeper (14’).

The Galicians were looking more balanced on the pitch, with two lines of four men always behind the ball, while Valencia were looking more dangerous, but lacking a figure to create scoring chances. The main threat came by the left side of Depor’s defence with Luisinho facing problems to control the situation before Rodrigo.

The first shot on target for the Galicians came at minute 21, Juanfran ran with the ball from midfield and into the right corner of the area, the ball hit a rival and was later stopped by Alvés. In the next play Negredo couldn’t head properly a cross coming from the left and the ball ended in the arms of Fabricio.

Riera appeared for the first time at minute 34; he missed a cross by Luisinho and later was close to score after a rival tried to clear the ball and instead hit the Catalan attacker.  The best play of the Galicians came at minute 41, Lucas made a brilliant heel pass to Cavaleiro, but he couldn’t end the play at the right side of the area as the ball was cleared to corner-kick.

The counterattack decided the game in the second part, Valencia unleased their power before the passive behavior of Depor. The Galicians had the game under control until allowing the first goal, later it was at the mercy of a rival that could have scored more goals.

The situation didn’t change for the second part, the game continued to be equal, with a low pace and lacking punch to create scoring chances. The first opportunity in the second part was a lateral free-kick that Negredo headed into the side of the net (49’).

Depor’s first substitution was the entry of Fariña for Oriol Riera, who went directly into the changing room. Cavaleiro passed to play at the centre of the attack. Valencia started to push and had two straight opportunities, the main one was a solo play by Piatti that ended with Negredo smashing the ball into the body of Fabricio.

At this point the counterattacks by Valencia were starting to bring problems to Depor’s defence and precisely it was the fact that led to the first goal. The Galicians lost the ball in attack and in the counterattack a long ball reached the path of Piatti, who entered the area and released a shot that was deflected by Fabricio, but the ball went back into the path of the Argentine player, who was fouled by Juanfran from behind. The referee whistled the penalty and Dani Parejo capitalized the opportunity from the spot.

There was no reaction from Depor after the goal; actually Valencia were always looking more dangerous with their counterattacks. At minute 67, Parejo missed a great chance firing the ball over the crossbar from the edge of the area, again after Depor lost the ball at midfield.

Nuno moved the bench refreshing the attack; Sofiane Feghouli and Paco Alcácer entered the field and it was the second factor that decided the meeting, because soon the duo combined to score the second goal. The first drilled the ball from the right and the Spanish attacker just had to push the ball in.

Immediately Víctor Fernández made the second change and Cuenca replaced José Rodríguez. But it was too late, because Depor were too tired to attack and Valencia grew up in the game, to the point that Feghouli was close to score the third from close range (75’). Juan Dominguez replaced Lucas for the final ten minutes, frame in which Depor barely stepped into the local area.

Once again Depor left two impressions: firstly that it can compete against anyone, and secondly that it has big problems to score goals, mainly on the road facing a rival with the advantage in the score. The Galicians lost the game as soon as Valencia found the aim to succeed with their counterattacks.

Depor have only scored two goals in their last eight away games and have only added one point in the last five games, so it could end in relegation with the combination of the weekend’s results. On next Sunday RCD Espanyol visit the Riazor (12h00 CET).

Valencia: (4-3-3) Alvés – Barragán, Otamendi, Vezo, Gayá – Enzo Pérez, André Gomes, Parejo – Rodrigo (Feghouli 66’), Negredo (Alcácer 70’), Piatti (De Paul 83’)
Deportivo: (4-2-3-1) Fabricio – Juanfran, Lopo, Sidnei, Luisinho – Álex Bergantiños, Borges – José Rodríguez (Cuenca 72’), Lucas Pérez (Juan Dominguez 81’), Cavaleiro – Oriol Riera (Fariña 54’).
Goals: 1-0: (61’) Parejo (penalty), 2-0: (72’) Alcácer
Referee: Alfonso Álvarez Izquierdo. He showed yellow card to Cavaleiro (23’), Luisinho (27’) & Rodrigo (44’)
Venue: Mestalla (45,000)
Other statistics: Ball possession (50% - 50%); Attempts to score (9 – 4); Total shots (16 - 5); Shots on target (8 - 2); Saves by the keepers (2 – 6); Corner-kicks (5 - 5); Offsides (2 - 5); Fouls committed (12 - 17); Passing accuracy (78% - 74%)




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