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13 Apr 2015
Víctor Sánchez debuted with a 2-2 draw at Anoeta, perhaps the point isn’t too good, but Depor left a positive impression coming from behind twice visiting a tough team playing at home.

In the end new coach Víctor Sánchez didn’t make too many changes at the starting formation, the main novelty was that Manuel Pablo was playing his second game on the league season replacing suspended Luisinho.

The draw was a 4-2-3-1. Fabricio Agosto was the starting goalie, Juanfran Moreno covered the right side in defence, Albert Lopo and Sidnei Rechel were the centre-backs, Manuel Pablo played at the left, Celso Borges and Álex Bergantiños 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 Real Sociedad, coach David Moyes was presenting the expected 4-2-3-1 figure. Carlos Vela was on the bench, while the references in attack were Esteban Granero, Xabi Prieto, Gonzalo ‘Chory’ Castro, Sergio Canales and Imanol Agirretxe

Good first half by Depor; the team lacked punch, but it had the ball possession. Still, the first half was marked by the two penalties whistled by referee Jesús Pérez Montero. Depor failed a lot with their endless crosses that never met the target.

The game started with Real Sociedad trying to have the initiative, though the first goal opportunity for the Basques came in a counterattack. Sergio Canales made a long run from midfield and ending releasing a drilling attempt that was an easy save for Fabricio (3’).

Depor’s first chance to score came at minute 8, Oriol Riera got the ball at the box after the local defence missed to clear the danger, but Ansotegi moved quickly and cleared the ball to corner-kick before the Basque was able to connect it.

After this opportunity Depor gained confidence and claimed control over the ball. The Galicians were moving the ball across the field, though without stepping into the rival’s area. The visiting side only earned a couple of corner-kicks without any consequence.

What changed compared to previous games was the position of the players. The defense was more advanced putting pressure at midfield and at times the draw looked like a 3-4-3, with Cavaleiro joining Lucas and Riera at the centre and with Manuel Pablo joining the attacks by the left side.

Real Sociedad were having opportunities through the counterattack, at minute 19, Agirretxe got the ball at the left side of the area and his strong shot was saved by Fabricio. The Basques had two shots on target within the first 20 minutes, meanwhile Depor had zero despite having the 57% of the ball possession. What was failing was the last pass and especially the countless crosses that didn’t meet the target. More precisely the team released 19 crosses in the first part, and only 3 met the target.

Depor’s next chance to score came until minute 29, a good combination between Riera, Lucas and Cavaleiro ended with the latter firing from the edge of the area, but the ball went over the crossbar. Depor were the best team on the pitch, but the there was an accident that caused the goal for Real Sociedad.

A cross from the left was going into the area and the ball hit the elbow of José Rodriguez, the referee whistled the penalty and Xabi Prieto didn’t waste the chance to score with a drilling attempt from the spot.

It was an unfair result for what Depor were doing at the pitch. The Galicians didn’t go down and were close to score the equalizer two minutes later. Cavaleiro made a great play on the left wing with a heel touch to dribble two players, later Sidnei and Riera touched the ball to see Borges sending the ball over the crossbar.

Amd Deportivo got the deserved equalizer, though it was a polemic play. Cavaleiro got the ball at the right side of the area after the locals were unable to clear a high cross, he sent the ball into the centre and Ansotegui touched the ball with the chest and also with the arm. The referee hesitated, but ended whistling the penalty.

Lucas Pérez fired from the spot, his low shot was blocked by local goalie Gerónimo Rulli, but the ball turned into a volley and Lucas was fast enough to get it first and score from close range. The Basques pressed within the final minutes and Xabi Prieto was close to score again with a shot that went over the crossbar (44’).

Things were a little out of control for the second part; Real Sociedad scored a sensational goal and Depor was in a difficult situation, but managed to capitalize one of the few accurate crosses to add a point that can be important.

The final part started with both sides trying to push upfront. At minute 47, Manuel Pablo made a great save clearing with the head a dangerous cross coming from the left. Again it was a counterattack, which turned to be the mean threat for the locals.

Depor’s first chance in the second half was a cross of Álex Bergantiños coming from the right, Celso Borges had to turn around, but his final shot from the box went wide (51’). And the locals were going to regain the advantage thanks to a great move by Chory Castro.

Sergio Canales sent a long and high cross from the right, Castro moved fast and surpassed the mark of Juanfran and released a strong and crossed shot past Fabricio. It was a great goal that didn’t justify what was going on in the game.

The Galicians doubted after the goal, but with the passage of the minutes they began to press up front. At minute 63, Juanfran collected a loose ball at the edge of the area and his strong shot was cleared by Rulli.

Then Víctor ordered the first two substitutions. Medunjanin and Toché replaced Celso Borges and José Rodríguez. Borges missed two clear changes and Medunjanin brought more control at midfield, while Toché was going to be important later in the game.

At minute 68, Oriol Riera collected the ball after a long cross coming from the left, but his header was saved by Rulli. The Basques were looking better with the entry of Carlos Vela, especially with a curved shot that was close to surprise Fabricio (76’).

But then Depor equalized the game, just when the visiting side was having more doubts. Manuel Pablo released a high cross from the left, Riera earned the ball inside the area, his header went into the path of Toché, who surprised the local defence with a downward header. Depor released 31 crosses in the game, and only 7 met the target, one of those crosses meant the equalizer.

Cavaleiro got a muscle problem and Víctor decided to replace him with Laure for the final minutes. The locals pressed trying to win the game within the last ten minutes, but the defence cleared all the danger and the score didn’t change.

Depor left a positive impression at Anoeta; it was a team trying to play football, perhaps it continued to miss ideas to create opportunities, but the attitude changed so much that the Galicians were able to rescue a point despite been in disadvantage twice. Good debut for Víctor Sánchez

The point is helpful to keep Deportivo out of relegation, at least thanks to the goal difference rule. On next Saturday Depor return to the Riazor in order to host champions Atlético Madrid (18h00 CET).

Real Sociedad: (4-2-3-1) Rulli – Zaldúa, Ansotegi, Martínez (Elustondo 57’), Yuri – Pardo, Granero (Bergara 64’) – Xabi Prieto, Canales, Chory Castro (Vela 70’) - Agirretxe
Deportivo: (4-2-3-1) Fabricio – Juanfran, Lopo, Sidnei, Manuel Pablo – Álex Bergantiños, Borges (Medunjanin 65’) – José Rodríguez (Toché 66’), Lucas, Cavaleiro (Laure 83’) – Oriol Riera
Goals: 1-0: (33’) Xabi Prieto (penalty), 1-1: (39’) Lucas, 2-1: (56’) Castro, 2-2: (77’) Toché
Referee: Pedro Jesús Pérez Montero. He showed yellow card to Fabricio (33’), Borges (34’), Ansotegui (39’), Chory Castro (61’), Xabi Prieto (66’), Cavaleiro (70’), Zaldua (81’) & Lopo (84’).
Venue: Anoeta (21,894)
Other statistics: Ball possession (47% - 53%); Attempts to score (8 – 7); Total shots (9 - 16); Shots on target (4 - 5); Saves by the keepers (3 – 2); Corner-kicks (5 - 7); Offsides (5 - 2); Fouls committed (12 - 19); Passing accuracy (71% - 78%)




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