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03 Apr 2016
Not too many chances to score, but a lot of problems at defence with the injuries and the expulsion of Arribas. Good game by Depor taking in mind the circumstances.

Víctor Sánchez surprised with the presence of Celso Borges at the starting formation. The Central American midfielder only completed one training session during the week, but the coach decided to include him instead of Álex Bergantiños. The rest was the expected 4-4-2 formation.

Lux was the goalkeeper, Juanfran Moreno performed at the right side of the defence, Fernando Navarro played at the left sector, Sidnei and Arribas were the centre midfielders, Fede Cartabia attacked from the right wing, Fayçal Fajr did it from the left, then Luis Alberto and Lucas Pérez were the centre midfielders.

At RC Celta, coach Eduardo Berrizo surprised with the presence of Belgian Théo Bondonga on the right wing, Iago Aspas was the centre forward, while John Guidetti was on the bench. Nolito and Fabián Orellana were other references in attack.

Good first part for Deportivo; Víctor’s team cut all the passing lanes and Celta didn’t feel comfortable, after claiming the lead thanks to Borges, Celta scored the equalizer in their best solo-move made by Nolito. The game lost intensity after the injury of Lux and the pouring rain.

The pace was high within the first minutes, Lucas had the first shot in the game with an attempt from the edge of the area that went out (6’). Los Blanquiazules were well planted on the grass, to the point that Celta weren’t representing any danger, while the visiting side were having long ball possessions.

Throughout the week it was commented what Depor did in the first round game: cutting the passing lanes at midfield and forcing Celta to have zero presence in attack due to the lack of ideas. And the same was happening in this match.  Depor were looking better, but there were no clear chances to score within the first 20 minutes. The second approximation for Depor was a lateral free-kick in which Sidnei sent the ball out from the box (18’). Then Deportivo scored in the first big chance in the game.

Cartabia started the play moving from the right wing into the centre, then he drilled the ball into the right side of the area, Luis Alberto was there to release a low cross that no one cleared until Celso Borges arrived at the far post to only push the ball in.

Celta started to look better after the goal and had two chances, in the first Fabián Orellana collected the ball at the edge of the area after a free-kick action, and he hit the crossbar with an accurate volley (22’). Four minutes later Iago Aspas seized an error of the defence, but his low shot was too easy for Lux.

Lucas had the next shot on target after a solo-play by Luis Alberto (there was a possible penalty over him in that action), and in the next play Celta scored the equalizer. Orellana drilled a perfect pass into the left side of the area, Nolito arrived in time to score with a perfect volley past Lux

In the play of the goal Sidnei collided with the knee of Lux and the Argentine keeper had to be replaced by Manu. At the same time the pouring game appeared and the game lost all the excitement. The half ended with five corner-kicks for Celta, but the locals failed to end the plays with shots on target.

Deportivo suffered more for the negative things affecting the defence than for the attacks of Celta. The physical problems and the expulsion of Arribas forced Depor to end the game with four different players compared to the five that started at defence, not even then the locals were able to create any harm.

The second half started like the first, with Deportivo controlling midfield territory and with Celta having problems to attack. But neither Los Blanquiazules were creating any danger. Lucas wasn’t reaching the long balls coming from midfield and Cartabia was not having the same presence of the first part.

With the passage of the minutes Deportivo started to opt in locking itself at the back, so Celta were having longer ball possessions and managed to reach the area at ease, but later they were unable to create any clear opportunity. The first chance in the half was a lateral free-kick by Orellana that was cleared by Arribas (61’).

Depor’s first chance in the half was a counterattack that ended with Luis Alberto shooting from the edge of the area, but Sergio Álvarez caught the low attempt (65’). The Andalusians was pretty active throughout the game, but missed more aids.

Then the game changed as Arribas was sent off with two yellow cards saw in a matter of eight minutes. The second was an inexistent foul over Nolito at the edge of the area. Referee Fernández Borbalán, who was criticized for his job in the game Depor Vs. Villarreal, was again on the spotlight for showing this red card just when he forgave a red card to Wass in the first part for an elbow over Navarro. The referee also wrote in his report that Arribas told him after leaving the pitch, “Today you stole from use like you did the day of Villarreal”.

Immediately Víctor made the second substitution in the game and Luisinho replaced Cartabia, with the move Navarro was now the partner of Sidnei at the centre of the defence and Luisinho was the left-back in the formation.

Then there was a new twist in the plans as Lopo replaced Sidnei, who wasn’t totally fit to play. Thus Depor ended the game with four different players of the five that started the match in defensive positions. To make things worse Borges was stretched off (Achilles problem) and Depor played with nine men for some minutes, though later the midfielder returned into the pitch.

Good point for Depor at Balaídos; Los Blanquiazules played a serious game and blocked the offensive game of Celta, whose only big opportunity was the great goal by Nolito. The man on the spotlight should be referee David Fernández Borbalán, who didn’t send off Wass in the first part, while he didn’t whistle a clear penalty over Luis Alberto and showed a red card to Arribas for a doubtful foul. Besides, Lux got injured, while Sidnei and Borges were also dragging issues. So, Depor should feel content with a point.

Depor remain in a comfortable position at the standings. The next game is the visit of UD Las Palmas to the Riazor (Monday, 20h30 CET). For that game Luisinho is suspended after picking the fifth yellow card on the season.

Celta: (4-2-3-1) Sergio – Mallo, Cabral, Sergi Gómez, Jonny – Wass (Pablo Hernández 87’), Radoja – Bongonda (Guidetti 72’), Orellana, Nolito – Aspas.
Deportivo: (4-4-2) Lux (Manu 32’) – Juanfran, Arribas, Sidnei (Lopo 80’), Navarro – Cartabia (Luisinho 69’), Borges, Mosquera, Fajr – Lucas, Luis Alberto.
Goals: 0-1: (21’) Borges, 1-1: (30’) Nolito
Referee: David Fernández Borbalán. He showed yellow card to Jonny (15’), Wass (18’), Cabral (77’), Luisinho (86’) and Manu (90+1’). Arribas was sent off with two yellow cards (60’ & 68’).
Venue: Balaídos (18,000)
Other statistics: Ball possession (59% - 41%); Attempts to score (4 – 4); Total shots (8 - 7); Shots on target (2 - 3); Saves by the keepers (2 - 1); Corner-kicks (9 - 0); Offsides (4 - 0); Fouls committed (15 - 8); Passing accuracy (79% - 68%)




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