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REVIEW: DEPORTIVO 1 – CORDOBA 1 (LIGA)

09 Apr 2015
High drama at the Riazor; Depor did nothing in the game and played the last twenty minutes with one less man after Luisinho was sent off, but managed to rescue a point thanks to an own goal. Another flat game by the team.

 BEFORE THE GAME
Coach Víctor Fernández presented the expected 4-2-3-1 formation for this game. There were four changes compared to the team that lost before Getafe CF. Fabricio Agosto was the starting goalie, Juanfran Moreno covered the right side of the defence, Luisinho performed on the left, the centre-backs were Albert Lopo and Sidnei Rechel.

Álex Bergantiños and Celso Borges were the centre midfielders, José Rodríguez performed on the right wing, Isaac Cuenca attacked from the left flank, Luis Fariña was the playmaker and Toché was the centre forward.

At Córdoba CF, coach José Antonio Romero switched the draw into a 4-4-2 with Cape Verdean Héldon Ramos joining Florin Andone in attack. In order to allow this draw captain Abel Gómez was benched while Rene Krhin and Borja García were the midfielders.

The Riazor Blues attended to the game and supported the team, they showed a signboard remembering Jimmy. There were no incidents, though there were a lot of whistles due to the poor game practiced by the team.

FIRST HALF
Flat first part. Depor only pushed at the beginning and at the end, in the middle Córdoba were better, but didn’t do too much to deserve anything. The Galicians showed again a lack of ability to create goal opportunities despite the importance of the meeting; therefore the 0-0 by half-time wasn’t an accident.

Depor started dominating and having the ball, Fariña completed the first shot on target after just three minutes, his attempt was cleared by visiting goalie Juan Carlos. Two minutes later Cuenca got the ball at the left corner of the area, but his shot went over the crossbar.

The initial freshness in attack was lost with the passage of the minutes; Depor were having the ball but it was unable to create goal opportunities. Neither Córdoba CF created anything. They were holding back and later weren’t finding their two strikers.

The monotony was broken with a run by Luisinho on the left wing (16’), he entered the area and fell down before the pressure from a rival. The referee didn’t give the penalty and booked the Portuguese player. Five minutes later Cartabria scored after collecting a low cross from the left, but he was offside.

Córdoba’s first big chance came at minute 26, Bebé released a drilling cross from the left, the ball went into the path of Borja García, who fired at will, but the ball went into the path of Fabricio, who cleared it with both hands.

This action just confirmed that Depor were going down in the game, while Córdoba were growing. Bebé and Héldon switched positions and they seemed to have a clear idea of how to attack, though later they were missing their passes, while Depor were releasing long throws without aim, while their ball possession was sterile.

Juanfran completed the second shot on target for Depor (33’), it was a soft and drilling attempt from outside the area, a clear demonstration of the lack of ideas up front. Fariña was fine at the beginning of the game, but later he disappeared. Cuenca was active in the game, but it wasn’t a factor. Meanwhile Córdoba CF responded with a couple of dangerous crosses, one of them, released by Héldon, forced a good save by Fabricio (35’).

Depor woke up for the final three minutes plus the stoppage time –there were two minutes that were added after the injury of Fabricio- Álex Bergantiños was close to score with a deflected shot (45+1’) and in the resulting corner-kick the goal of Toché was disallowed due to an offside.

SECOND HALF
The poor game of Depor continued in the second part; Córdoba deserved the win, but they paid a high price due to their lack of aim and also for their passive attitude before a rival that was knocked down and that was playing with one less man.

Bebé had the first chance on the second part, it was after a corner-kick, but he sent the ball wide (50’).  In the next play Cuenca lost the ball near his area, the same Bebé released a low and strong shot that was firstly saved by Fabricio and later cleared by Lopo.

Córdoba started strongly and this time they didn’t hesitate in scoring the first goal in the game. Edimar sent a low cross and into the path of Florin Andone, who managed to surpass Luisinho and Sidnei to score from close range.

Víctor Fernández got desperate and he switched the draw into a 4-4-2 as Oriol Riera replaced José Rodríguez. But the team wasn’t reacting and the coach didn’t last in making the last two substitutions, in this way Medunjanin and Hélder Costa replaced Borges and Fariña.

Costa brought freshness in attack, while Medunjanin brought character as before Borges was close to be sent off –he committed a tough tackle before been replaced when he was already booked-

But Depor never reacted, and the only chance to score came in an error of the defence that Toché didn’t seize. He got the ball at the penalty spot, but his shot went wide (67'). Only one minute later Luisinho was sent off with two yellow cards. It was a far call after a tough challenge on Cartabria, in this way Depor had to search for the comeback with only ten men on the pitch.

Córdoba should have scored the second, but neither Cartabira nor Bebé were able to capitalize their chances. Fabricio made the saves and the public begun to protest. Depor were a dead team, but suddenly they found a goal.

Out of nowhere, Cuenca earned a free-kick at the left side of the area, after a combinative play Oriol Riera attempted a shot that was cleared by Edimar, and in the resulting corner-kick released by Medunjanin the ball went into the path of two Córdoba’s defenders, and they were unable to clear the ball, luckily Florin Andone made a deflection past Juan Carlos.

There was still time to search for the victory, but the true is that Córdoba CF were closer to win the game in this stage after Krhin was left alone before Fabricio and the Canarian keeper, the best player in the game, cleared the ball to corner-kick (90+1’).

AFTER THE GAME
Poor result for both teams. Córdoba remain far from salvation, while Depor remain pending of other results in order to avoid the relegation. Depor never played anything and just scored the equalizer when it was already sunk: losing at home and with ten men on the field. The result is also causing the exit of coach Víctor Fernández.

Thanks to this point Depor remain out of the pit, the next game is the visit to Real Sociedad (Anoeta, Sunday, 19h00 CET).

MATCH STATISTICS
Deportivo: (4-2-3-1) Fabricio – Juanfran, Lopo, Sidnei, Luisinho – Álex Bergantiños, Borges (Medunjanin 62’) – José Rodríguez (Toché 55’), Fariña (Hélder Costa 62’), Cuenca - Toché
Córdoba; (4-4-2) Juan Carlos – Gunino, Pantić, Crespo, Edimar – Cartabia (Fidel 79’), Krhin, Borja, Bebé – Héldon Ramos (Fausto Rossi 74’), Florin
Goals: 0-1: (54’) Florin Andone, 1-1 (81’) Florin Andone (o.g.)
Referee: Eduardo Prieto García. He showed yellow card to Rene Krhin (23’), Borges (46’), Fede Cartabria (72’), Juanfran (72’), Medunjanin (73’) & Crespo (89’). Luisinho was sent off with two yellow cards (16’ & 68’).
Venue: Riazor (17,602)
Other statistics: Ball possession (53% - 47%); Attempts to score (5 – 9); Total shots (8 - 16); Shots on target (2 - 7); Saves by the keepers (6 – 1); Corner-kicks (6 - 5); Offsides (1 - 3); Fouls committed (12 - 16); Passing accuracy (72% - 77%)

 * RESULTS & STANDINGS

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