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04 Jan 2016
Unfair defeat for Deportivo; the Galicians were better than the rival, but the errors by Fernández Borbalán, plus a huge mistake by Navarro at the last minute, cost the game and the three points.

Luisinho wasn’t a starter in the only novelty at the starting eleven. In the end coach Víctor Sánchez decided to repeat the 4-4-2 lineup that faced Getafe CF. German Lux was the starting goalie, Juanfran Moreno covered the right side in defence, Fernando Navarro played on the left, while Sidnei Rechel and Alejandro Arribas were the centre-backs.

Álex Bergantiños and Pedro Mosquera performed at midfield, Fede Cartabia attacked from the right wing, Fayçal Fajr did it from the left, then Luis Alberto and Lucas Pérez were the centre forwards.

At Villarreal CF, coach Marcelino Toral was playing with Tomás Pina at midfield and with Antonio Rukavina performing at the left side on defense, later the reference in attack were the expected ones: Cédric Bakambu and Roberto Soldado.

High pace, but only two shots on target in the first part. Depor had the ball, but later didn’t find the aim to trespass the rival’s defence. Neither Villarreal did too much until an error of the referee, plus a mistake of Depor’s defence, opened the door for Bruno.

The game started with Deportivo having the ball and the initiative, while Villarreal CF were relying in the counterattack and the long passes searching for Soldado and Bakambu. Both sides were putting pressure in the attacking half, but still both teams were feeling comfortable enough to step into the rival’s area.

But the fact was that both sides didn’t complete any shot within the first 19 minutes, the first shot was for Villarreal as Jonathan found the ball at the left side of the area, but he sent the ball out. Meanwhile the best approximation by Depor was a play by Luis Alberto on the left wing that ended in a corner-kick.

The first big chance for Depor came at minute 25, Fajr stole the ball at midfield and immediately released a long and precise pass into the path of Lucas Pérez. The striker was alone before visiting goalie Alphonse Areola, but he lasted too much in defining the play and Rukavina cleared the danger.

The first shot on target in the game came at minute 27, Luis Alberto got the ball at the left side of the area and his drilling attempt was blocked by Areola. One minute alter Cartabia missed the target firing from the edge of the area.

Then Villarreal scored in its first shot on target in the game. It was a highly protested action at the Riazor as it was born from an inexistent foul of over Bakambu (the striker was the one pushing and instead the defender was booked), the resulting free-kick ended in a corner-kick. And in that action Mario made a short pass without any opposition as the Galicians poorly defended the action that ended with Bruno Soriano scoring from close range. Nothing more occurred in the rest of the half though Depor pressed for the equalizer.

The game continued to be intense, the difference this time was that both sides were ending the plays with shots, something that brought excitement. Depor were much better than Villarreal, and the referee appeared again to deny a clear penalty that would have changed the game.

Depor had an explosive start in the second part; just two minutes after the kick-off Villarreal failed in the output of the ball and the Galicians didn’t waste the gift as Lucas got the ball at the right side of the area to end releasing a low cross that Luis Alberto met at the box to score his fourth goal on the season. The goal broke a mark for the Valencians of 410 minutes without allowing a goal.

Just one minute later Lucas got the ball at the edge of the area and, after eluding a rival, his curved shot missed the far post by inches. Villarreal responded as Sidnei lost the ball before Bakambu, but Lux made a great save deflecting the drilling attempt by Denis Suárez (50’).

After a first half in which both sides only made four shots, now there were five in just seven minutes. In a matter of sixty seconds Bruno and Luis Alberto missed the target with attempts from the edge of the area.

At minute 59, the Riazor asked for a penalty after Areola hit Arribas as the keeper was trying to clear the ball with the fists during a free-kick by Fajr, but the referee only whistled the corner-kick. Again Fernández Borbalán was influencing in the game after the error in the first goal.

The  two changes made by Víctor were made until minute 76, the first was the entry of Cardoso for Cartabia and later Oriol Riera replaced Luis Alberto. Cartabia had a grey game and could have been replaced at half-time after suffering a knock, while Luis Alberto was already tired.

The game lost intensity within the final fifteen minutes; Depor were no longer creating chances to score. Villarreal had one after substitute Leo Baptistão attempted a drilling shot that was blocked by Lux (81’). Then Lucas had a chance in a direct free-kick that was saved by Areola (88’).

And when the game seemed to end in a tie, Villarreal found a miraculous penalty in a counterattack. Substitute Samu García entered the box by the left flank and Navarro foolishly lifted the leg to provoke the penalty. Without time for anything else Bruno scored from the spot.

Unfair result at the Riazor. Depor were much better than Villarreal, side that only won thanks to a last-minute penalty and after a big error by Fernando Navarro, but referee Fernández Borbalán also contributed to this with his big two mistakes: to allow an inexistent foul that ended in the first goal and later to not concede a clear penalty when the score was 1-1.

Depor lost the unbeaten condition and also the European spot. The team will close the first round in liga visiting Real Madrid (Saturday, 20h30 CET), but before Deportivo will face CD Mirandés in the first-leg of Copa Del Rey (Wednesday, 16h00 CET).

Deportivo: (4-4-2) Lux – Juanfran, Arribas, Sidnei, Navarro – Cartabia (Cardoso 76’), Álex Bergantiños, Mosquera, Fajr –Luis Alberto (Oriol Riera 78’), Lucas Pérez.
Villarreal: (4-4-2) Areola – Mario, Musacchio, Víctor Ruíz, Rukavina – Jonathan Dos Santos (Nahuel 80’), Bruno, Pina, Denis Suárez – Bakambu (Leo Baptistão 65’), Soldado (Samu García 75’).
Goals: 0-1: (36’) Bruno, 1-1: (48’) Luis Alberto, 1-2: (90+4') Bruno (penalty)
Referee: David Fernández Borbalán. He showed yellow card to Luis Alberto (8’), Arribas (35’), Bruno (39’), Jonathan Dos Santos (43’), Soldado (81’) & Navarro (90+3’)
Venue: Riazor (23,815)
Other statistics: Ball possession (55% - 45%); Attempts to score (9 – 5); Total shots (11 - 6); Shots on target (4 - 4); Saves by the keepers (2- 3); Corner-kicks (9 - 3); Offsides (2 - 1); Fouls committed (13 - 11); Passing accuracy (75% - 72%)





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