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REVIEW: ATLÉTICO 3– DEPORTIVO 0 (LIGA)

13 Mar 2016
The miseries for Deportivo continue in la liga, the Galician team was harmless before a passive Atlético that didn’t do too much in order to score three times.

BEFORE THE GAME
Some surprises at the starting lineup, Victor Sánchez kept the 4-3-3 draw, but there were novelties, starting with striker Jonathan Rodriguez, who passed from been out of the roster in two straight matchdays to be a starter in attack

German Lux was the starting goalie, Laure covered the right side in defence, Manuel Pablo performed on the left, Alejandro Arribas and Albert Lopo were the centre-backs, Pedro Mosquera, Celso Borges and Álex Bergantiños were the centre midfielders. Fayçal Fajr attacked from the left flank, Fede Cartabia did it from the right and Jonathan was the centre forward.

At Atlético Madrid, coach Diego Simeone was presenting the expected squad, with Antoine Griezmann, Koke Resurección, Yannick Carrasco, Saúl Ñíguez and Luciano Vietto as the references in attack.

FIRST HALF
Plane first part in attack for Deportivo, without presence up front, but serious enough to keep a narrow score at half-time. Neither Atlético Madrid pressed too much, especially after claiming the early lead in the scoresheet.

The game started with the expected script: Atlético were completely dominating the actions and the ball possession, while Depor were defending with two lines and releasing long passes searching for Jonathan. There were no scoring chances within the first ten minutes, but both sides were patient and followed the script without hurries.

Atlético’s first opportunity in the game came at minute 15, it was a lateral free-kick in which José Maria Giménez headed the ball out anticipating Lux and the whole defence.  That was the first of the four distractions at Depor’s defense during this half. And just two minutes later the Madrilenians scored the first goal taking advantage of the second error.

Filipe Luis released the cross from the left, it should have been an easy clearance for the defence, because the ball fell between Arribas and Manuel Pablo, but somehow both were slow enough to allow Saúl Ñíguez, who was five meters behind, to arrive in time to head the ball in before a passive Lux.

Depor weren’t reacting and Atlético were close the score the second after an error in the output of the ball (third error of the defence in the half), the counterattack ended with Yannick Carrasco firing from close range, but Lux blocked the ball (22’).

With the passage of the minutes the locals were more passive, as always they looked content with the narrow advantage. The Galicians were having a couple of long possessions, but they missed the ambition to transform it into a goal opportunity. Only Cartabia was attempting to break the lines, but he was too alone. The first chance for the visiting was an attempt by Borges from the edge of the area that passed close to the crossbar (28’).

The true is that neither it can be said that Depor played badly, at least in this first part, they were a serious team at midfield and only conceded four errors, to the point that they ended the first half having the ball possession (55%), though they barely stepped into the rival’s area.

The half ended with a chance for both sides, in the first Jonathan was left alone before local goalie Jan Oblak, but his drilling shot was deflected by the Slovenian goalie and, besides, he was offside (41’); two minutes later Antoine Griezmann seized the last of the four distractions at Depor’s defence, collecting a long throw and easily beating Manuel Pablo and Lopo on the run towards the goal, but later he missed the target when he was alone before Lux.

SECOND HALF
The good work made in the first part disappeared for the second, Depor returned to be an apathetic team that conceded a lot in set-pieces, Atlético only scored twice as they were already focused in their mid-week game for the Champions League.

Atlético started the second half decided to end the match as soon as possible, if in the whole first half they only released two corner-kicks, within the first ten minutes of the final part they had already released four plus two throw-ins, in one of these actions Yannick Carrasco released a strong shot from the edge of the area that hit the crossbar (50’). Two minutes later Gabi attempted a low shot that was blocked by Lux.

The second goal seemed near and it arrived in the seventh corner for the Madrilenians. The locals surprised with two short passes, the last made by Koke and into the path of Antoine Griezmann, who didn’t fail this time from close range.

Before the goal Víctor had switched the draw into a 4-4-2, this since Luis Alberto had replaced Álex Bergantiños. Fabril’s Róber also entered after Manuel Pablo left the game with muscle problems.

Then Deportivo had their best chances in the game; in the first Laure made a great play on the right and released a low cross that two defenders couldn’t clear, the ball reached the path of Cartabia at the far post, Oblak was already defeated, but the Argentine smashed the ball into the body of Saúl Ñíguez when he was trying to score (62’)

Six minutes later Jonathan made a great play on the left wing, eluding three rivals and releasing a curved shot that passed close to the far post of Oblak. Then Víctor made the last substitution and Oriol Riera replaced Cartabia, the move pulled Fajr into the wing and Riera joined Jonathan up front.

Fajr made the second shot on target for Depor, he collected the ball at the edge of the area, but it was easy for Oblak (81’). And the side that was going to score was Atlético, it was a goal-kick. Gabi headed the ball at midfield and substitute Ángel Correa collected the pass to score from close range through a strong shot into the top-corner.

The score was fair, and the worst part was that Atlético didn’t give the impression of making a big sacrifice before a soulless side. The locals could have scored the fourth in a repetition of the second goal, but this time Lux made the save before the drilling shot of Correa after a new corner for Atlético (90+1’).

AFTER THE GAME
Another disappointing performance for Depor, it wasn’t the score, but the fact that Atlético didn’t need a big effort to defeat a depressed side that barely created any harm, though this time it was more alert in defence, not enough to allow a new goal in a set-piece.

Depor extended their negative streak to eleven straight games without a victory and remain without moving towards the permanence. The Galicians return on Saturday to the Riazor in order to face Levante UD (20h30 CET).

MATCH STATISTICS
Atlético: (4-4-2) Oblak – Juanfran, Giménez, Godín, Filipe Luis – Carrasco (Oliver 78’), Koke, Gabi, Ñíguez – Vietto (Correa 58’), Griezmann (Kranevitter 63’).
Deportivo: (4-3-3) Lux – Laure, Lopo, Arribas, Manuel Pablo (Róber 58’) – Álex Bergantiños (Luis Alberto 58’), Mosquera, Borges – Cartabia (Oriol Riera 73’), Jonathan, Fajr.
Goals: 1-0: (17’) Saúl, 2-0: (59’) Griezmann, 3-0: (82’) Correa
Referee: Mario Melero López. He showed yellow card to Yannick Carrasco (39’) and Laure (90+1’)
Venue: Vicente Calderón stadium (42,000)
Other statistics: Ball possession (53% - 47%); Attempts to score (7 – 3); Total shots (15 - 6); Shots on target (7 - 2); Saves by the keepers (1 - 4); Corner-kicks (10 - 1); Offsides (1 - 1); Fouls committed (12 - 8); Passing accuracy (81% - 79%)

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