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REVIEW: OSASUNA 4 - DEPORTIVO 1 (LIGA)

25 Nov 2006
Deportivo played in Pamplona its worst game in the present season. Osasuna had only six goals in favour before to this confrontation, but a magnificent presentation of Soldado helped to almost double that account. The defensive strategy planned by Caparr??s never worked out and the Galician team was losing by two goals at minute 25.

BEFORE THE GAME
Osasuna was in the middle of a crisis. Without a victory since matchday two, coach Jos?© ?ngel Ziganda tried to impulse his team by leaving Ra??l Garc?­a and H?©ctor Font on the bench. Javad Nekounam and Roberto Soldado replaced them in the lineup. Meanwhile, Caparr??s came to this match with a defensive mentality, the Sevillan coach sent four side defenders to the pitch, while the offensive tasks were left to Verd?? and Riki.

FIRST HALF
Depor's defensive strategy failed since the begging, just five minutes after the start Roberto Soldado controlled a cross from Milosevic with the head, later he released a powerful shot that gave the advantage to Los Rojillos. Osasuna was in command of the actions, with Pu?±al in midfield, Milosevic on the sides, and Soldado wining every attempt against a slow Juanma.

The 2-0 seemed near, but a long-distance shot of Riki almost equalised the game, the ball hit the post just when Ricardo was defeated. This action didn't change the script and Osasuna continued dominating the match and the ball. Soldado once again was near to scoring in a hand-to-hand play with Aouate, but the Israeli keeper deflected the ball into a corner-kick. But the home side took advantage of this stationary play and Valdo headed in the cross from Pu?±al.

With a 2-0 in the score after just twenty two minutes, Caparr??s was forced to change his strategy. He started to give orders and sent his squad to the front. And Depor scored the goal eight minutes later in a weird play. A cross to the box was controlled by Capdevila and the ball reached Juan Rodr?­guez who didn't miss the chance.

Depor's goal changed the scenario and the Galicians tried to reach the draw before half-time, but the Galician squad never presented a consistent figure on the pitch although they dominated the ball during the last fifteen minutes. The only clear opportunity generated by the visitors was a similar play to the goal of Juan Rodr?­guez, only it was Barrag??n the protagonist. This time Ricardo contained the ball. Josetxo had the last chance of the first half, but his shot was stopped by Aouate.

SECOND HALF
Forced by the circumstances, Caparr??s had to change his strategy. He replaced Sergio and Barrag??n with Taborda and Estoyanoff, but it was Osasuna who recovered the control over the game. Soldado stole a ball near to Depor's area and sent an unstoppable shot into the net. It was the last nail in Depor's coffin.

A desperate Caparr??s sent a last modification: Cristian for Filipe, but Depor was tired and defeated. The last fifteen minutes were only a passage of this game. Osasuna was waiting for the end in their own area, while Depor was just stunned on the pitch. The situation got worse and Cristian had to leave the pitch with an injury (79'). Without changes, Caparr??s had to play the last ten minutes with just ten men.

And the punishment for the Galicians got completed with a goal of Milosevic during the stoppage time. The Serbian international scored his fifth career goal against Depor with another magnificent play. He faced the defensive line of Depor alone and sent a powerful long-distance effort that entered near to the right post to pass Aouate.

AFTER THE GAME
It's the worst defeat of the season for Deportivo. The Galician club has accumulated four consecutive games without a victory in la liga. The worst thing is the poor image that Caparr??s's team continues to present during the away matches. Deportivo hasn't won yet a single game in this condition after six attempts.

Some people is even worried about the future, but the truth is that the relegation zone seems far (8 points) and there's enough time to react. At least the results of other rivals like Valencia, Atl?©tico Madrid, Getafe, Celta and Zaragoza are leaving the European zone near (4 points). But before any speculation starts to flow, Depor has to change the image showed in Pamplona. The first opportunity will be the home game with Racing Santander, a match that will be played in the next Sunday (17h00).

MATCH STATISTICS
Osasuna: Ricardo - Javier Fla?±o, Cruchaga, Josetxo, Corrales - Valdo (Juanlu 88'), Pu?±al, Nekounam, David L??pez (Font  81') - Milosevic, Soldado (Romeo 73').
Deportivo: Aouate - Manuel Pablo, Arbeloa, Juanma, Capdevilla - Sergio (Estoyanoff 46'), Juan Rodr?­guez - Barrag??n (Taborda 46'), Verd??, Filipe (Cristian 65') - Riki.
Goals: 1-0: (5') Soldado, 2-0: (22') Valdo, 2-1: (30') Juan Rodr?­guez, 3-1: (61') Soldado, 4-1: ( 90+1') Milosevic.
Referee: Iturralde Gonz??lez. He showed yellow card to Juanma (21') , Pu?±al (30'), Cruchaga (40'), Nkounam (49'), Josetxo (54') and, Taborda (89').
Venue: Reyno de Navarra (17,000)
Other statistics: Ball possession (46% - 54%); Shots (12 - 9); Shots on goal (6 - 4); Corner-kicks (4 - 3); Offsides (3 - 2); Fouls (16 - 17).

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