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REVIEW: DEPORTIVO 2 – VILLARREAL 0 (TH)

10 Aug 2016
Hopeful victory for a Deportivo that played a great first part and that only closed the game in the last play. Andone debuted at the Riazor and was named as the best player in the match.

The big news before the game was that Lucas Pérez wasn’t picked for the presentation at the Riazor. The club just informed that he was out for “tactical reasons”. Later president Tino Fernández explained that the player was just rested as there are no offers for the marksman and neither interest in selling him. He was watching the game from the stands.

Garitano presented a 4-2-3-1 that should be pretty similar to the one that will debut in liga. Lux was the keeper, Juanfran covered the right side in defence, Navarro played on the left, Albentosa and Sidnei were the centre-backs, Mosquera and Guilherme were the centre midfielders, Çolak attacked from the right wing, Bruno Gama did it from the left, Fajr was the playmaker and Florin Andone was the centre forward.

At Villarreal, coach Marcelino was using the game as a preparation for the Champions League playoff with AS Monaco. Nicola Sansone was debuting with the team after been signed during the week and his partner in attack was former AC Milan Pato.

And as it happened with the ladies, the male team scored in their first scoring opportunity. Bruno Gama made a great play and a rebound inside the area was capitalized by Andone with a great chipping over Andrés.

The goal brought confidence to Depor and Guilherme was close to score the second with a long-distance shot that passed close to the woodwork (12’). The Brazilian was pretty active in the first part together with Bruno Gama and Fajr.

A corner-kick by Fajr was close to end in an own goal, but it was cleared by the defence (23’). Deportivo continued dominating the actions before a Villarreal that was erratic. Pato wasn’t finding the ball and Sansone only appeared in an isolate counterattack that was cut by Albentosa.

The first opportunity for the Valencian team was a chance for Pato that the Brazilian couldn’t define inside the area (34’). The second was their clearest, a header of Pato that Lux saved over the goal line. Still, it was a disappointing half for the yellow submarine, while Depor lowered the pace within the last ten minutes.

At half-time there was a tribute to Manuel Pablo. The former captain of Depor watched the game from the stands and jumped to the grass at half-time. A video was projected at the stadium with messages from several former players, including Andrade, Fran, Valerón, Aranzubia and Giovanella.

For the second part, Tytoń replaced Lux in the first modification at Depor. Villarreal started dominating the second part, but it was Andone who had the first chance to score through a strong shot that was blocked by substitute goalie Asenjo (48’).

Villarreal was looking better in the second part and earned a couple of corner-kicks and gave some trouble to Tytoń. But the best player for the visitors, Roberto Soldado, who entered at halftime, only lasted 12 minutes on the pitch after picking an injury.

In the following minutes Villarreal were trying to attack, but it didn’t end the plays, while Depor failed to complete the counterattack.  Then Garitano made a triple change with Laure, Luisinho and Borges replacing Juanfran, Guilherme and Çolak. The final four changes at Depor were the entries of Arribas, Álex Bergantiños, Carles Gil and Borja Valle.

Villarreal pressed in the last stretch, but it didn’t tie the score. At minute 74, substitute Mario González fired from the edge of the area, but his attempt was deflected.  The biggest chances for the Valencians came at minute 79 and 81, first substitute Samu Castilejo fired from inside the area, but his attempt went close to the post, later Sansone repeated the play with the same outcome.

But it was Depor the side that was going to score the last goal in the match. It came in the last play in the stoppage time, Trigueros made a bad pass and Borja Valle assisted Carlos Gil, who only had to push the ball in. The team picked the trophy at the end and Andone was named as the best player.

MATCH STATISTICS
Deportivo: (4-2-3-1) Lux (Tytoń 46’) – Juanfran (Laure 68’), Albentosa (Arribas 75’), Sidnei, Navarro – Mosquera (Álex 75’), Guilherme (Borges 68’) – Bruno Gama (Carles Gil 75’), Fajr, Çolak (Luisinho 68’) – Andone (Borja Valle 75’). 
Villarreal: (4-4-2) Andrés (Asenjo 46’) – Mario (Rukavina 61’), Musacchio (Rodrigo 46’), Víctor Ruiz, Jaume Costa (José Ángel 61’) - N'Diaye, Trigueros, Jonathan dos Santos (Castillejo 61’), Soriano (Cantalapiedra 71’)  – Sansone, Pato (Soldado 46’) (Mario González 58’).
Goals: 1-0: (7’) And one, 2-0: (90+4’) Carles Gil.
Referee: Ignacio Iglesias Villanueva. He showed yellow card to Musacchio (37’)
Venue Riazor (18,829)

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