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29 Nov 2015
Back-to-back wins for Deportivo; the Galicians had several chances in the counterattack, but it was until the stoppage time that they defined a game before a rival that committed too many errors.

Coach Víctor Sánchez was repeating the lineup of the derby. German Lux was the starting keeper, Juanfran Moreno covered the right side in defence, Fernando Navarro performed on the left, while Sidnei Rechel and Alejandro Arribas played at the centre.

Álex Bergantiños and Pedro Mosquera were the centre midfielders, Cani attacked from the right wing, Luisinho did it from the left, then Jonathan Rodriguez and Lucas Pérez were the strikers.

At UD Las Palmas, coach Quique Setién was presenting the expected squad. Two ex-Depor players were starters: Aythami Artiles and Momo. Jonathan Viera, Pedro Tanausú’Tana’ and Sergio Araujo were the main references in attack.

Not a pretty game, but Depor was effective enough to take advantage of its best opportunity to claim the lead. The visiting team felt comfortable on the pitch constantly stealing the ball at midfield, but later missed too many passes in attack and was suffering at the right side of the defence.

The game started with the Canarian outfit trying to have the ball possession and the initiative, but Depor were having an important presence in attack, mainly on the right wing, thanks to the counterattack and after the rival was losing the ball at midfield, but their inaccuracy with the passes was avoiding to witness scoring chances.

Both sides had a chance to score at minute 5. First Sidnei lost the ball at the right side of the area before the pressure of Araujo, but the local attacker was too slow and the same Brazilian cleared the danger, in the counterattack Jonathan didn’t arrive on time just when he and Lucas were heading into the goal.

The game was becoming boring, but then Depor scored the first goal. It was a perfect counterattack with Lucas driving the ball from midfield until entering the area by the right side, then he drilled the ball and Cani, almost slipping, pushed the ball in from the penalty spot. The referee reported that it was defender David Simón who pushed the ball in.

After the goal Depor begun to suffer, mainly at the right side defended by Juanfran. Las Palmas had depth and players like Araujo and Viera were pretty active, but later Depor’s defense was well placed at the moment of collecting all the crosses and passes into the box.

Dani Castellano had a chance to score at minute 32, again with his team penetrating by the right side of Depor’s defence, but the defender missed the target, two minutes later Tana completed the first shot on target for his team. It was attempt from the edge of the area that was blocked by Lux.

At minute 36, Jonathan Rodriguez made a great play on the left wing, always fighting for the ball and releasing a dangerous cross that no one found inside the area. The Uruguayan made a solid job, not only looking dangerous in the counterattack, but also bringing aids at the moment of putting pressure.

Roque Mesa completed the second shot on target for his team at minute 40, but the clearest chance came in the last minute. It was corner-kick at the right side, Álex Bergantiños found the ball at the far post, his first attempt hit the post and his second shot was miraculously saved by Javi Varas.

Depor found a lot of empty space at midfield, but the Galicians arrived to the end of the game with a narrow advantage after wasting three clear counterattacks. Lux and Laure saved Depor at the last minute and then Lucas scored the second.

The second half started with a chance for each side. First Momo fired from the edge of the area and Lux cleared to corner-kick (48’). Two minutes later Lucas made a great play on the left wing and his drilling cross was cleared by the defence just when Jonathan was waiting at the box to push the ball in.

The final part was much more entertaining; Las Palmas were pushing and gave a sense of danger that wasn’t bigger due to its lack of ideas and aim to complete the last pass. Depor were still having room for the counterattack, actually it was a match with big holes at the Canarian defence that the visiting side wasn’t capitalizing.

Víctor made the first substitution and Fayçal Fajr replaced Jonathan Rodriguez, a move that switched the draw into a 4-2-3-1. The Moroccan brought more aim for the counterattack, though Deportivo lasted in conquering the second goal. The best player in this part of the meeting was Mosquera with his moves at midfield. It was him the main actor at the moment of starting the counterattacks.

After the promising start, the game reached a pause that lasted ten minutes, then Depor started to look more dangerous in the counterattack. Jonás Gutiérrez replaced Cani, who again made a solid game. Lucas had the first clear chance to define the game after getting the ball at midfield and launching a counterattack that ended with two saves by Varas (67’).

A similar situation occurred at minute 75, Fajr stole the ball at the edge of the area and neither him nor Lucas were able to push the ball in with Varas on the ground. Two minutes later Araujo had the second shot on target for Las Palmas in this half and it was blocked by Lux.

At minute 79, Depor had a new opportunity in a counterattack. The play was started by Jonás Gutierrez and ended with an assist of Lucas that Luisinho met at the box, but his shot was miraculously saved by Varas.

In that play Jonás got injured and had to be replaced by Laure. Depor was forgiven the rival and was about to pay the price at minute 89. A high cross couldn’t be cleared by Sidnei and the ball reached the path of Araujo, who moved into the left corner of the box to release a shot that Lux deflected and the second chance for the Argentine attacker was blocked by Laure.

And Depor found the second goal in the first minute of the stoppage time. A counterattack for Depor launched by Mosquera ended with Far driving the ball from midfield until drilling the ball into the path of Lucas, who didn’t miss this time from close range. It is his ninth goal on the season.

Second straight victory for a Deportivo that felt comfortable enough to release the counterattack and that could have been defined before. Lucas scored his ninth goal and wasted other clear chances. The defence clinched a clean sheet before a rival that pushed, but that missed ideas and that committed too many errors.

Depor remain closer to Europe and on next Saturday return to the Riazor in order to face a tough challenge hosting Sevilla CF (22h05 CET), but before the team plays the first-leg in Copa Del Rey visiting UE Llagostera (Nou Estadi de Palamós, Wednesday, 21h00 CET).

Las Palmas: (4-2-3-1) Varas – Simón, Aythami, Bigas, Castellano (Wakaso 80’) – Vicente, Roque (Culio 86’) – Momo (Nauzet Alemán 68’), Tana, Viera - Araujo
Deportivo: (4-4-2) Lux – Juanfran, Arribas, Sidnei, Navarro – Cani (Jonás 68’) (Laure 80’), Mosquera, Álex, Luisinho – Jonathan (Fajr 58’), Lucas.
Goals: 0-1: (19’) David Simón (o.g.), 0-2: (90+1’) Lucas
Referee: Carlos Clos Gómez. He showed yellow card to Simón (16’), Mosquera (26’), Araujo (39’), Aythami (66’), Arribas (67’), Juanfran (79’) & Culio (89’)
Venue: Estadio de Gran Canaria (19.146)
Other statistics: Ball possession (61% - 39%); Attempts to score (6 – 9); Total shots (8 - 9); Shots on target (5 - 6); Saves by the keepers (4 - 5); Corner-kicks (6 - 4); Offsides (4 - 6); Fouls committed (13 - 13); Passing accuracy (85% - 72%)




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