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03 Mar 2017
Depor got a point, though it deserved more before a rival that seized its best opportunity. Good debut for Pepe Mel as the team responded after for straight losses.

Coach Pepe Mel debuted with a 4-2-3-1 lineup. The novelty was that Luisinho was a starter on the left side of the defence leaving Fernando Navarro on the bench. German Lux was the starting goalie, Juanfran Navarro covered the right side, while the centre-backs were Alejandro Arribas and Sidnei Rechel.

Pedro Mosquera and Celso Borges were the centre midfielders, Fayçal Fajr covered the right wing, Gaël Kakuta attacked from the left flank, Emre Çolak was the playmaker and Florin Andone was the centre forward.

At Atlético Madrid, Kevin Gameiro was a starter alongside Antoine Griezmann, the first was on fire after scoring five goals within his last five appearances. Diego Simeone presented a 4-4-2 formation with Ángel Correa as another novelty attacking from the right wing.

Deportivo had a decent performance in this half, the Galicians had doubts at the beginning, but in big parts of the match they were better than the rival and even deserved a bigger advantage. Atlético barely created problems though the Galicians had some mismatches at the back.

The first minutes were intense, both teams were pushing in attack and the first shot was a deflected attempt by Gabi that was caught by Lux (1’). Three minutes later Griezmann couldn’t connect properly a cross from Correa.

Depor were facing some problems in defence, there were some mismatches and at times the team seemed overwhelmed, but suddenly the locals found out a goal after a terrible error between Jiménez and Oblak, both failed in the output of the ball and it allowed Florin Andone to score at will.

At minute 20, Çolak missed the target after a solo-move. Depor started to look better and Kakuta and Fajr switched positions, perhaps a move in order to contain the long runs of Vrsaljko.

At minute 23, Juanfran attempted from mid-distance after a long play in attack, but he missed the target. The Galicians started to look better with the passage of the minutes and, at times, it looked closer to score the second goal than Atlético to create a scoring chance.

Kakuta should have scored the second at minute 29, but Kakuta didn’t seize a great pass by Mosquera and ended releasing a crossing shot that missed the target. The Galician midfielder was making a great game (the man with more touches in the half, 39, and with passing ratio of 92%); meanwhile the Frenchman was losing the ball too many times.

The first big chance for Atlético came at minute 33, Correa collected a pass from Thomas and Lux made the save. Two minutes later Depor were close to score as the cross by Çolak was headed out by Borges.

The last minutes seemed like an harassment of Depor, a great pass by Juanfran wasn’t found by Andone inside the area and in the last minute both Mosquera and Sidnei could have scored in a corner-kick action.

Deportivo didn’t have the same depth than in the first half, neither Atlético were doing too much until they found a great goal. After it, both sides had their opportunities and the game ended with the scaring injury of Fernando Torres.

The final part started like the first: with both sides pushing in attack; Depor were insisting with Kakuta and Andone, while Antoine Griezmann was moved into the left wing trying to surprise Juanfran.

The true is that Kakuta was that still feeling too much and Depor missed depth, so Pepe Mel didn’t hesitate in replacing him with Navarro. With the move Luisinho was advanced to the left wing and Navarro was covering the defensive spot.

Neither Simeone liked what he was watching and ordered the entrance of Carrasco & Gaitán, later it was Fernando Torres the one going in replacing a disappeared Kevin Gameiro.

The game was lacking excitement and then the equalizer arrived. After Andone failed in a counterattack, Atlético responded and Filipe hit the post with a long-distance shot and in the secondary play Antoine Griezmann surprised Lux with a great strike.

The equalizer opened the game and suddenly the actions turned to be exciting. Depor should have scored the second goal at minute 69, but Andone incredibly missed the ball at the goal line after a cross from Fajr. The Romanian made a great job again with his courage, but missed two clear chances that should have meant the second goal.

At minute 72, Depor were again close to score. Çolak connected a cross from Luisinho and Oblak made the save, then Andonemissed the loose ball. Then Álex Bergantiños replaced The Turkish, it was the debut in this liga season for the Galician. The move was made as Mel watched that his team was losing the battle for midfield, Borges advanced his position and Depor kept the 4-2-3-1 figure.

At minute 78, Atlético had the big chance to win the game with a shot by Torres that was brilliantly saved by Lux. There was a huge protest at the Riazor as the striker touched the ball with the hand before.

Joselu was going to be the third substitution, but it was Laure the one going in after Luisinho sustained an injury. The game lost all the excitement in the final stretch as Fernando Torres suffered a concussion after a collision with Bergantiños, he was stretched off and rushed to the hospital. Seven minutes were added, but nothing important occurred.

Decent debut for Pepe Mel, though his Deportivo were unable to win. The Galicians had more chances and deserved a better reward, but a great strike by Griezmann defined the game. Luisinho got injured and Fernando Torres was rushed to the hospital after a terrible landing in an action with Álex Bergantiños.

Depor remain close to the danger zone, now one point above Granada CF and on Sunday there’s a big game as the Galicians visit Sporting Gijón (Molinón, 12h00 CET). Three points are separating both clubs.

Deportivo: (4-2-3-1) Lux – Juanfran, Arribas, Sidnei, Luisinho (Laure 82’) – Mosquera, Borges – Fajr, Çolak (Álex Bergantiños 76’), Kakuta (Navarro 54’)  – Andone.
Atlético: (4-4-2) Oblak – Vrsaljko, Giménez, Godín, Filipe – Thomas, Koke (Gaitán 57’), Gabi, Correa (Carrasco 57’) – Gameiro (Torres 65’), Griezmann
Goals: 1-0: (13’) Andone, 1-1: (68’) Griezmann
Referee: Carlos Clos Gómez. He showed yellow card to Andone (14’), Luisinho (45+1’), Godín (74’) & Álex Bergantiños (88’)
Venue: Riazor (20,138)
Other statistics: Ball possession (44% - 56%); Attempts to score (8 – 5); Total shots (13 - 10); Shots on target (2- 4); Saves by the keepers (3 - 1); Corner-kicks (7 - 2); Offsides (0 - 1); Fouls committed (13 - 10); Passing accuracy (79% - 81%)



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