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22 Nov 2015
Depor returned to winning ways, the scheme of Víctor worked out and Celta never felt comfortable. Great game by the whole team with Lucas scoring again and with Nolito missing a penalty.

Huge surprise with the lineup sent by coach Víctor Sánchez. Fayçal Fajr and Laure were on the bench, while Jonathan Rodríguez, Luisinho and Álex Bergantiños were starters in a 4-4-2 formation.

German Lux was the keeper, Juanfran Moreno covered the right side of the defence, Fernando Navarro played on the left, Sidnei Rechel and Alejandro Arribas were the centre-backs, Álex Bergantiños and Pedro Mosquera performed at midfield, Cani attacked from the right wing, Luisinho performed on he left, while Lucas Pérez joined Jonathan Rodríguez in attack.

At RC Celta, coach Berizzo presented the expected 4-3-3 draw. The deadly trident in attack was composed by Nolito, Chilean Fabián Orellana and Iago Aspas. The environment was great before the game and there were no incidents.

Solid first part by Deportivo. Los Blanquiazules avoided the passing game of Celta mixing a tactic of pressing up front with the counterattack and the drilled passes searching for the back of the defenders. Still, it was an equal game only separated by the aim as Depor seized its main opportunity, while Celta wasted a penalty.

Electric start in the derby. Celta started the game following their style: putting pressure up front and trying to have the ball possession, while Depor were locked at the back and ready to release a dangerous counterattack, like the one at minute 2 that left Lucas alone before visiting goalie Sergio Álvarez, but he missed the target and at the same time was offside.

Four minutes later the action was repeated as a drilling cross from the left was found by the Galician attacker, but this time he couldn’t connect the ball. At minute 7, Celta had their first opportunity, Arribas failed in the output of the ball and Nolito was left alone before Lux, but the attacker was unable to chip the ball over the Argentine goalie.

In the following ten minutes both sides were unable to create a scoring chance, but the game continued to be intense. At times the roles were exchanged as Depor started to have the ball possession based in a high pressure, while Celta started to look dangerous in the counterattack.

The frantic pace returned soon as in a matter of three minutes there was a goal and penalty. The goal was scored by Depor. Cani made a perfect run at the centre coming from the right wing, he drilled the ball into the box, Álex Bergantiños was there to beat Sergio at the penalty spot, but the keeper deflected the ball and Lucas Pérez was there to push the ball in.

The party at the Riazor only lasted two minutes as in a long ball coming from midfield Aspas collided with Navarro inside the area, the referee whistled a penalty that was protested by everyone. Then Nolito took the ball at the spot, but his low shot was deflected by Lux to corner-kick.

The electric environment continued with Nolito creating a lot of problems on the left side of Depor’s defense, while the locals continued playing on the counterattack.  At minute 34, Jonathan got the ball at the left wing after a long pass, bur his final shot went wide.

The deadly passing game of Celta wasn’t creating too much damage, mainly as Depor avoided it with the pressure put by an accurate Álex. Mosquera was leading the team, while Luisinho and Jonathan were very active in attack.

Another great half for Deportivo. The game missed scoring chances, but the intensity was high due to the little fights and the spirit of the players. Celta had the ball, but the best opportunities were for the locals and the game was decided until the end with an own goal.

The final part started with Celta putting a lot of pressure, mainly on the left wing and always with Nolito as the protagonist. The visiting team earned two corner-kicks after just five minutes, but the defence was holding on the narrow lead, with two big towers like Arribas and Sidnei winning all the aerial duels.

The environment started to be hot after a discussion between Jonathan and Tucu Hernández that ended with a yellow card for Depor’s attacker, while the referee didn’t want to show the second to the Celta’s player (he was already booked in the first part). It caused a huge protest at the stadium, a few minutes later Jonathan could have been booked again for simulating a foul, and again the referee did nothing.

Back to the game, Celta were dominating, but the first big opportunity in the half was for Jonathan Rodriguez. It was a counterattack started by Mosquera that ended with a low shot by the Uruguayan attacker, the ball hit the body of Sergio and went over the crossbar (55’).

Víctor started to move the bench and Fajr replaced Cani. The ex-Villarreal man made a great first part, but left the pitch having a muscle problem, later Laure claimed the spot of Jonathan, a defensive move not only protecting the narrow advantage, but also the fact the Uruguayan was carrying a yellow card.

Celta pressed hard, but the true is that they never had a clear chance; actually their first shot on target in the half came until minute 85 with an attempt of Aspas that was blocked by Lux. In this regard Depor lost the possession, but had the best chances, the main one was an impressive shot by Juanfran that hit the left corner of the crossbar (75’).

Immediately Juanfran was involved in a fight with substitute Guidetti that even included Víctor, then Juanfran left the pitch with muscle problems and his spot was for Jonás. With Jonás and Fajr on the pitch Depor gained speed, but missed accuracy to concrete the passes to finalize the counterattacks.

But Depor were still able to score a second goal in the stoppage time, and it was an own goal. A long pass by Álex searching for Lucas was deflected by Jonny,who tried to assist Sergio, but the keeper, desperate for the result, was going the other way and the low pass ended at the back of the net to unleash the party at the Riazor.

The surprise with the lineup of Víctor was transformed into joy for the fans after a refreshing victory for Los Blanquiazules. Depor always had the game where they wanted, while Celta never felt comfortable on the pitch. The whole team was great with Lucas and Álex Bergantiños involved in both goals. The bad news is that a fan died at the stand of Pabellón due to a heart attack.

The result cuts a negative streak of five straight games without a victory. Depor continue to live closer to Europe than to relegation. On next Saturday they travel to the Estadio de Gran Canaria in order to face UD Las Palmas (22h05 CET)

Deportivo: (4-4-2) Lux – Juanfran (Jonás Gutiérrez 80’), Arribas, Sidnei, Navarro – Cani (Fajr 67’), Mosquera, Alex, Luisinho – Jonathan (Laure 74’), Lucas.
Celta: (4-3-3) Sergio – Mallo, Sergio Gómez, Fontás (Planas 59’), Jonny – Tucu Hernández (Guidetti 72’), Augusto Fernández, Wass – Orellana, Aspas, Nolito.
Goals: 1-0: (22’) Lucas, 2-0: (90+3’) Jonny (o.g.)
Referee: Alfonso Álvarez Izquierdo. He showed yellow card to Lucas (22’), Lux (25’), Pablo Hernández (40’), Mosquera (52’), Jonathan (53’), Luisinho (69’), Jonny (77’), Juanfran (77’) & Nolito (83’)
Venue: Riazor (30,666)
Other statistics: Ball possession (42% - 58%); Attempts to score (5 – 3); Total shots (5 - 6); Shots on target (2 - 4); Saves by the keepers (4 - 0); Corner-kicks (2 - 10); Offsides (1 - 4); Fouls committed (16 - 13); Passing accuracy (66% - 78%)





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