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14 Feb 2016
The legend continues as Depor clinched a new draw. The Galicians were superior, especially in the second half, but only scored two goals despite completing 25 shots in the match.

Coach Victor Sánchez was presenting the same lineup of the last game visiting Sporting Gijón. It was a 4-4-2 draw, with German Lux as the starting goalkeeper, Juanfran Moreno was performing at the right side of the defence, the left flank was for Fernando Navarro, then the central positions were for Sidnei Rechel and Alejandro Arribas.

Midfield was territory for Álex Bergantiños and Pedro Mosquera, the right wing was for Cani, Moroccan Fayçal Fajr was attacking from the left side, finally the two positions at the centre of the attack were for Lucas Pérez and Luis Alberto.

At Real Betis, coach Juan Merino was presenting the novelty of Algerian Foued Kadir playing instead of Cejudo. The rest was the expected lineup, but the draw was a 4-3-3 with Ricky van Wolfswinkel, Charly Musonda and Rubén Castro as the references in attack.

As it happened against Rayo Vallecano, Depor reached the pause with a 1-2 disadvantage, this time the team deserved more, mainly for the three scoring chances saved by Adan, while Betis only completed two shots on target that ended in goal.

Deportivo didn’t feel comfortable over the grass since minute 1, they were missing several passes and allowed the quick attacks by Real Betis, though the only approximations by Los Verdiblancos were a couple of crosses that ended in the arms of German Lux.

So, the Riazor witnessed a poor football within the first ten minutes, the high pressure of the visiting team was giving a lot of problems in the output of the ball and the passes searching for Lucas were always intercepted. Meanwhile, the Andalusians only looked dangerous with Charly Musonda running in the counterattack, but Sidnei was always there to intercept the rival.

The first opportunity to score came after the first combination between Lucas and Luis Alberto, it ended in a foul that was later translated into a corner-kick. Lucas released the cross and Arribas headed the ball at the near post and it was later cleared by a defender at the far post.

And the second corner was going to be the first goal in the game. Lucas released the cross from the left and Álex Bergantiños headed the ball at the near post, it hit the crossbar and ended at the back of the net. It is the second goal on the season for the midfielder.

But the advantage didn’t last too long as Betis equalized four minutes later, Vargas took advantage of the hole at the left side and released a cross that Charly Musonda found at the box, the Belgian tied the game through a downward header.

After the equalizer the game returned to the same point: Depor having problems passing the ball in the offensive half, while Betis were having enough room for the counterattack, but were missing aim and will. The next chance in the game came at minute 24 and it was a strong shot by Cani blocked by visiting goalie Antonio Adán.

Despite the problems, Depor started to grow in the game and were having the chances to score. In a matter of three minutes the Galicians had three opportunities. The first was for Luis Alberto after a short assist by Lucas, Adan saved with the leg (31’), then Lucas arrived late to a drilling pass by Fajr (32’), then Lucas assisted again, this time heading the ball into the path of Cani, but his strong shot from close range was saved by Adan (33’).

And just when Deportivo were finally looking better, Betis scored the second goal. It was counterattack in which Mosquera fouled Rubén Castro at the edge of the area, in the resulting free-kick Juan Vargas scored with a strong shot drilling the wall past Lux. Depor’s only reaction was a crossed shot by Lucas that missed the target (39’)

Depor came back again in the scoresheet, but it wasn’t enough to win the game. The Galicians had all kind of chances, but between Adán and the lack of luck, the Blanquiazul outfit remains winless in 2016.

The final part had a more electric start, Depor were still having problems to pass the ball in attack, but at least it was having opportunities. A combinative play ended with a cross by Juanfran that was cleared by the defence (46’), two minutes later the drilling shot by Luis Alberto went out close to the near post of Adán.

And as it happened against Rayo Vallecano, Depor found an early equalizer in the second part. Cani collected a pass by Fajr and was left alone at the left side of the area, then he drilled the ball into the area, Lucas touched the ball, but instead of going in it went into the far post, luckily Fajr arrived in time to push the ball in.

Then the pouring rain hit the Riazor and Cani suffered a muscle problem, Fede Cartabia replaced him. The first chance in the second part for Betis came until minute 60, it was a counterattack started by Rubén Castro that ended with a shot by Foued Kadir that missed the target.

Betis were looking dangerous with their chances, but the point is that they only had a few. The second change for Depor was the entry of Luisinho for Navarro, it seemed a move trying to capitalize the hole at the right side of Betis’ defence, though later Víctor explained that the ex-Sevlla man was also injured.

Fajr was having a starring role in the second half, he was close to score with a dangerous cross that Adán cleared to corner (65’). Four minutes later a counterattack for the locals ended with Lucas firing from close range, Adán was unable to make the save now, but this time Bruno was at the goal line to clear the danger. At this point in the game the superiority of the locals was evident.

Betis responded with a counterattack that left Petros alone before Lux, but the Argentine goalie made the save (72’). Then Fajr attempted the same goal than against Rayo Vallecano, but this time the ball went out (61’). Five minutes later a new counterattack for Depor ended with a new save of Adan before Lucas, Fajr collected the loose ball, but he missed the target from inside the area.

Víctor tried to reach the victory as Oriol Riera entered for Luis Alberto, the latter didn’t have a good game. And the Catalan was going to have the last big chance for Depor, it was a header after a corner-kick that was saved by Adán, though the referee interpreted that the ball hit the crossbar (89’). The ex-Real Madrid goalie made 8 saves, enough to be considered the best man in the game as he prevented a heavy win for the locals.

Tasteless result for Deportivo, the team had problems in offense, mainly in the first part, but the statistics are pretty clear: 25 shots, 10 on target, and 10 corner-kicks, while Betis only completed two shots on target and didn’t have any corner. In the end a new draw that tastes too little.

The Galicians will remain ninth at the standings despite been unable to win in 2016. On next Saturday, Depor visit RCD Espanyol, a team in crisis that could be changing the coach during the week (Cornellà-El Prat, 18h15 CET).

Deportivo: (4-4-2) Lux – Juanfran, Arribas, Sidnei, Navarro (Luisinho 62’) – Cani (Cartabia 55’), Álex Bergantiños, Mosquera, Fajr – Lucas Pérez, Luis Alberto (Riera 79’).
Betis: (4-3-3) Adán – Montoya, Westermann, Bruno, Vargas –Kadir (Cejudo 68’), N’Diaye, Petros – Musonda, Wolfswinkel (Dani Ceballos 62’), Rubén Castro (Molina 88’).
Goals: 1-0: (15’) Álex Bergantiños, 1-1: (19’) Musonda, 1-2: (37’) Vargas, 2-2: (50’) Fajr
Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco. He showed yellow card to Álex Bergantiños (51’).
Venue: Riazor (17,184)
Other statistics: Ball possession (58% - 42%); Attempts to score (14 – 5); Total shots (25 - 4); Shots on target (10 - 2); Saves by the keepers (0 - 8); Corner-kicks (10 - 0); Offsides (2 - 2); Fouls committed (13 - 12); Passing accuracy (70% - 67%)




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