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15 Jan 2017
Zero damage at the Riazor as Depor and Villarreal missed players and therefore football to create scoring chances. Still, Depor had the best opportunities through Andone.

Several novelties in the lineup presented by coach Gaizka Garitano, starting with the fact that he switched back into a 4-2-3-1 system. Raúl Albentosa was benched, so Alejandro Arribas was a starter after saying during the week that he wasn’t content with his lack of minutes. Another novelty was to see Luisinho performing as a left winger.

Przemysław Tytoń was the starting keeper, Laure was a starter for the first time three months and covered the right side in defence. Fernando Navarro performed on the left side, then Sidnei Rechel joined Arribas at the central positons. Celso Borges and Guilherme were the centre midfielders, Marlos Moreno attacked from the right wing, Luisinho did it from the left, Emre Çolak was the playmaker and Florin Andone was the centre forward.

At Villarreal CF, coach Fran Escribá presented the expected lineup with the only novelty of Samu Castillejo attacking from the left wing. It was a 4-4-2 draw with Nicola Sansone and Rafael Santos Borre as the references in attack.

Before the kick-off, the club took part of an act in which signs were recollected in order to ask for the re-opening of the case with Jimmy, the fan of Deportivo that was killed in Madrid and that recently was closed by a judge. The board of directors were among the ones that signed the petition.

Calm first part, Los Blanquiazules had the ball at the beginning and later fell before the quality of Villarreal CF, but the side having the best opportunities was Deportivo. Çolak was the most active player for the locals in this half as he touched the ball in 46 opportunities.

Slow start in the game, maybe for the heavy rain that landed at the Riazor just seconds after the kick-off. Depor had the initiative and starred a couple of attacks on the right wing without any consequence. The first chance in the game was a wide shot of Borges from the edge of the area after finding a loose ball (6’).

Deportivo were having the ball possession, but later it was unable to create clear scoring chances. Within minutes 12 & 18 the Galicians earned four corner-kicks, but nothing came from the set-pieces. Meanwhile, Villarreal CF were holding and speculating with quick attacks by the centre.

The second shot in the game for Depor came until minute 20, Marlos Moreno got the ball after an error by Villarreal CF, but his low and crossed shot missed the target. The first shot on target came five minutes later, Çolak assisted Andone in a fast counterattack and the shot from the Romanian was deflected to corner-kick by visiting goalie Sergio Asenjo.

Villarreal’s first chance came one minute later, Çolak failed in the output of the ball, and Bruno seized the moment firing from the left wing and Tytoń made the deflection. That the lonely shot on target in this half for the Valencians.

Depor responded with Andone finding a loose ball inside the area, he sought for the left corner of the box and his shot hit the net by the outside (28’). For the final fifteen minutes, the game returned into the same starting point with Depor dominating but missing depth.

Still, Villarreal CF managed to stole the ball within the final five minutes and spent the time moving the ball across the field, so they ended the half with a 53% ball possession. However, they never created a clear opportunity in this frame of the meeting.

Deportivo recovered the control of the actions in the second part, but it didn’t find the goals and therefore missed the victory. Andone hit the woodwork before a passive rival that missed the passing game of the first part.

The first approximation in the half was a solo-move by Marlos Moreno in which he eluded two rivals, entered the area and his shot from close range was deflected to corner-kick (48’). Then the game entered the same spiral of the first half: Depor had the ball and didn’t find the needed depth to create chances, while Villarreal CF were only waiting

The first big opportunity in the half was for Depor, after a serious of crosses Borges sent a volley from the right and Andone found it inside the area, he attempted a scissors-kick shot that hit the far post just when Asenjo was already defeated (59’).

Depor continued insisting and the next chance was also for the Galicians, again Andone appeared, this time with a crossed shot from the right corner of the area that Asenjo deflected, later a defender sent the ball to corner-kick before the arrival of Marlos Moreno (65’).

The first chance in the half for Villarreal came at minute 70, Manu Trigueros found a drilling cross from the left, but he sent the ball out despite been alone at the edge of the area. The first modification at Deportivo was the entry of Borja Valle for Marlos Moreno.

The Colombian was fine in the first part, but in the second he missed spark. Neither Borja Valle added the difference that Depor were needing, so the Galicians continued missed depth. Things were different with the second substitution.
Joselu entered the pitch replacing Andone and he was about to change the game after having a clear chance to score only seconds after steeping in, it was a corner-kick by Çolak that the Galician headed at the far post, the ball turned into a volley that Asenjo cleared out (84’).

The game had a low pace within the final ten minutes, like both sides were conscious of their casualties and preferring to hold on and grab a point. The last play was a lateral free-kick for Depor, but Guilherme didn’t find a receiver.

The game can be described as boring, because the pace was low and there were only eight chances to score. Deportivo had the best ones through Andone, one hit the post, while Asenjo made three important saves.

The point leaves Depor in the same situation, at least with the consolation that it will end the first round outside the drop places. The last game in this round is the visit to UD Las Palmas (Estadio de Gran Canaria, Friday, 20h45 CET).

Deportivo: (4-2-3-1) Tytoń – Laure, Arribas, Sidnei, Navarro – Borges, Guilherme – Marlos Moreno (Borja Valle 75’), Çolak, Luisinho – Andone (Joselu 83’).
Villarreal: (4-4-2) Asenjo – Mario, Víctor Ruíz, Álvaro, Ángel – Jonathan Dos Santos, Trigueros, Bruno, Castillejo – Pato (N´Diaye 85’), Borré (Mario González 67’).
Referee: Daniel Ocón Arráiz. He showed yellow card to Manu Trigueros (78’)
Venue: Riazor (19,917)
Other statistics: Ball possession (47% - 53%); Attempts to score (6 – 2); Total shots (13 - 4); Shots on target (3- 1); Saves by the keepers (1 - 3); Corner-kicks (10 - 0); Offsides (4 - 1); Fouls committed (14 - 8); Passing accuracy (84% - 84%)



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