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REVIEW: DEPORTIVO 1 – VALENCIA 1 (LIGA)

01 Nov 2016
Depor improved compared to the last games, but it only grabbed a point in an open match in which it had some good chances up front. Çolak and Marlos Moreno were the best players at Deportivo.

BEFORE THE GAME
Coach Gaizka Garitano surprised as Przemysław Tytoń was making his official debut with Deportivo. The Polish was the starting goalkeeper leaving German Lux on the bench. The rest was the predicted 4-2-3-1 draw.

Juanfran Moreno covered the right side in defence, Luisinho performed on the left sector, Sidnei and Albentosa were the centre-backs. Pedro Mosquera and Celso Borges were the centre midfielders, Bruno Gama attacked from the right wing, Marlos Moreno did it from the left, Emre Çolak was the playmaker and Florin Andone was the centre forward.

At Valencia CF, coach Cesare Prandelli was presenting a 4-2-3-1 draw instead of a 4-3-3. João Cancelo was moved to the right wing. Dani Parejo, Nani and Rodrigo Moreno were the main references in attack.


Photo: La Liga

FIRST HALF
One of the best first parts for Depor in the season; the team looked electric within the first thirty minutes, later Valencia dominated, but the Galicians returned in the last stretch and Emre Çolak scored at the last second through a great header.

Slow start in the game, both teams were studying each other and Deportivo was the side with the first opportunity. It was a lateral shot from Emre Çolak that crossed the area and that Marlos Moreno missed at the far post (9’).

Valencia CF responded with the first shot on target in the game, after a play on the left side of the area, Dani Parejo found the ball at the edge of the area and his strong shot was cleared by Tytoń (10’).

The game was entertaining, because there was fluency. Valencia was finding an open door at the right wing, while Depor were moving the ball fast through the centre and thanks to the high pressure that was allowing to recover the ball in offensive positions.

Depor had a new big chance at minute 16, Çolak collected a cross from the left when he was standing inside the box, and his header was saved by Diego Alves. One minute later Borges had a new attempt to score through a drilling and crossed shot that missed the target.

With the passage of the minutes Depor started to look superior and had more chances to score, but neither Bruno Gama nor Marlos Moreno were able to define their opportunities. Emre Çolak and Marlos Moreno were pretty active, taking advantage of the empty spaces to explode with their speed.  Still Depor were lacking aim and only one of the first seven shots met the target.

Valencia started to add pause to the game, Nani missed the target at minute 33, then Rodrigo missed a one-on-one action before Tytoń in a fast counterattack for the visiting side (35’). Rodrigo should have scored at minute 40 after collecting the ball in a new fast counterattack, but his volley passed over the crossbar.

The first part ended with a new push for Depor; Marlos Moreno had two great opportunities, in the first the Colombian stole the ball in Valencia’s output of the ball, but he missed the target when he was alone at the edge of the area (43’), later he met the visiting goalie with a low shot (45+1’).

And the half ended with Çolak scoring his first goal with Deportivo. Juanfran released a perfect cross from the right, the Turkish was alone between two defenders and connected a perfect header past Diego Alves.


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SECOND HALF
Depor lost the advantage again, this time the team didn’t fall down and even deserved more, but once again the lack of aim prevented a new home victory. Marlos Moreno was the best player in this half with his quick moves.
 
The final part started with Andone attempting a shot from the right corner of the area that was blocked by Alves (46’). At minute 51, Tytoń made a save with the head after Parejo drilled the ball into the area, though later the play was ruled out for an offside.

Valencia were trying to push, but Depor were feeling comfortable waiting at the back and unleashing the counterattack, it provoked some good opportunities and a yellow card to Mangala for cutting a quick play by Juanfran.

But then the game changed as Valencia CF found the equalizer. A cross from the right by Parejo was poorly cleared by Tytoń, the loose ball was collected by Nani, who drilled the ball into the area and Rodrigo scored though the Turkish goalie an tried to clear the attempt at the goal line.

Deportivo started to push searching for the second goal and Marlos Moreno was close to score with a strong shot from the edge of the area, but the ball missed by inches the far post (58’).  The Colombian was the best man for the locals in this half, he provoked a couple of yellow cards with his quick moves and only lacked more aim.

Then Depor had a double chance at minute 65, but the crosses from Celso Borges and Andone simply didn’t find anyone to push the ball in from the goal line. Depor missed aim and this time some good luck too.

Valencia were arriving from time to time, at minute 71 Nani missed the target firing from the edge of the area, his crossed shot missed the far post. Garitano moved the bench until the final fifteen minutes, the first substitution was the entry of Guilherme replacing Borges. The second change was the entry of Babel for Andone.

Montoya was close to score after a good pass by substitute Medrán, but Depor’s goalie blocked the road and the ball went out (81’). The last substitution for Depor was the entry of Navarro for Juanfran, who was dragging a muscle problem.

AFTER THE GAME
Good game by Deportivo, it scored first and later lost the advantage in the scoresheet, but this time the team didn’t fall down as in past opportunities. Still, the lack of aim prevented to add the three points. Çolak was the best player in the first half and Marlos Moreno shone in the second.

The point allows Deportivo to remain living outside the relegation zone, but only by the goal difference rule. The next game is the visit to Granada CF (Saturday, 13h00 CET). Raúl Albentosa will miss that game after picking the fifth yellow card on the season during this match.

MATCH STATISTICS
 Deportivo: (4-2-3-1) Tytoń – Juanfran (Navarro 85’), Albentosa, Sidnei, Luisinho – Borges (Guilherme 76’), Mosquera – Bruno Gama, Çolak, Marlos Moreno – Andone (Babel 78’).
Valencia: (4-2-3-1) Diego Alves - Montoya, Garay, Mangala, Abdennour (Munir 53’) - Enzo Pérez (Medrán 68’), Mario Suárez – Cancelo, Parejo, Nani – Rodrigo (Cartabia 74’)
Goals: 1-0: (45+2’) Çolak, 1-1: (55’) Rodrigo
Referee: José Luis González González. He showed yellow card to Nani (34’), Mangala (53’), Albentosa (59’), Garay (63’), Enzo Pérez (65’) & Montoya (90+1’)
Venue: Riazor (23,602)
Other statistics: Ball possession (39% - 61%); Attempts to score (6 – 5); Total shots (16 - 9); Shots on target (4 - 3); Saves by the keepers (2 - 3); Corner-kicks (5 - 6); Offsides (4 - 3); Fouls committed (13 - 21); Passing accuracy (72% - 83%)

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