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06 Mar 2017
First victory in 2017 for Depor. It wasn’t the best game of the Galicians, but a goal in the first half was enough to knock down a direct rival.

Coach Pepe Mel presented the predicted 4-2-3-1 formation; German Lux covered the goal, Juanfran Moreno defended the right flank, Fernando Navarro played on the left side, the central positions in defence were for Sidnei Rechel and Alejandro Arribas.

 Pedro Mosquera and Celso Borges were the centre midfielders, Fayçal Fajr played on the right wing, as it was expected Luisinho was the left winger, Emre Çolak was the playmaker and Florin Andone was the centre forward.

At Sporting Gijón, coach Rubi presented the expected formation. Ex-Depor Roberto Cannella was a starter on the left side of the defence, while Carlos Carmona, Lacina Traoré and Jorge Franco Alviz “Burgui” composed the trident in attack. Around 1,300 Depor’s fans made the trip to Gijón for the match.

Tense half, little football and a lot of nerves on the pitch for what was at stake. Sporting had more offensive presence, but Depor had the ball. Çolak missed a penalty and Mosquera scored during the stoppage time.

The game started with long ball possessions for Deportivo; the Galicians lacked depth, but at least avoided any attack by the Asturians as they had the ball, this picture lasted ten minutes.  The first chance to score was for Sporting, Canella made the long run on the left and his cross was connected by Mikel Vesga, but his shot went over the crossbar (8’).

With the passage of the minutes Deportivo started to spend more time at their side of the field; Sporting were pushing, but without creating clear chances. Therefore, the game was more tense than exciting, this for what was at stake.

The first chance for Deportivo in the game came until minute 19, After a long play with the ball going through both flanks, Luisinho collected a cross from the right, but his crossed and drilling attempt missed the target.

Since Depor were missing depth, Mel ordered a switch and Fajr and Çolak were exchanging positions, but the Galicians were still missing offensive presence. The next chance to score came at minute 28, Traoré arrived on time after a cross from the left, but he missed the target. In this action the locals protested a possible penalty of Arribas.

Depor had the chance that was expecting at minute 31, Amorebieta handled the ball in a corner-kick action, but Çolak missed the chance as his shot was blocked by local goalie Iván Cuéllar. In the counterattack of that action substitute Sergio Álvarez attempted a drilling shot that was saved by Lux. Álvarez replaced at the beginning due to an injury.

The missed penalty encouraged Sporting, and Traoré was close to score through a header that was brilliantly saved by Lux, though the striker was offside (32’). It seemed the game was going to reach the pause with zeros in the scoresheet, but then Depor found the goal.

It was during the first minute of the stoppage time. Depor gained a corner-kick, Fajr released a perfect cross from the left, the whole defence of Sporting were just standing inside the area only watching how Pedro Mosquera headed the ball into the bottom corner of Cuéllar. The midfielder not only scored the goal, but was also the player with more touches (60, passing ratio of 90%).

Depor suffered a lot, but the true is that it was more for the tension than for the attacks of Sporting. After all the Asturians only completed one shot on target in this half, while Depor were unable to seize any of the few counterattacks had at the end of the game.

The final part started with Sporting pushing and Depor committing a lot of fouls, but the locals didn’t seize these opportunities. At minute 52, Víctor Rodríguez sent the ball over the crossbar in a direct free-kick attempt. That was the best they can do in the six free-kick chances they had in this half.

Carles Gil was the first substitution as he replaced Çolak. The Turkish was too erratic and it was a logical substitution, though neither Gil added anything to a team that was starting to drown. And it’s that Depor started to feel the pressure and lost the ball possession (it was 37%- 63% at half-time and ended 50%- 50%)

The Asturians were pushing hard and Traoré had the first clear chance in the half as he found a cross from the right, but his downward header went out (60’). The Ivorian was the most dangerous player for Sporting, but at the same time he failed too much.

The second substitution at Depor was the entry of Joselu for Andone. The Romanian wasn’t appearing in the second part, neither was successful as the Galician barely touched the ball (only 13 touches in 25 minutes).

Carlos Castro entered for Sporting and the locals started to play with a 4-4-2 system. It didn’t work and Rubi was so desperate that ended performing with a 3-4-3 figure as Duje Čop replaced fullback Douglas.

Depor had its first chance in the half at minute 71, Borges found a cross from the left and headed the ball inside the area trying to assist anyone at the near post, but no one found his pass. Ten minutes later Sporting had the best chance to tie the game. Traoré found a pass inside the area and fired a rocket before Lux, and the Argentine made a key save with one hand. That was the only shot on target for the locals in this half.

The last substitution was the entry of Ola John for Luisinho, and this one was successful as the Dutchman, apart from a comical action in which he slipped, was a dagger that almost provoked the second goal.

The Galicians suffered more for the nerves than for the local attacks and Carles Gil was close to score the second goal at minute 89. Ola John made the play on the left wing, he released an accurate cross searching for Joselu, Cuellar was desperate and tried to clear the ball at the edge of the area, but he missed it and went into the left wing and Gil didn’t arrive in time to push the ball in before an empty net.

Depor had played good away games in which it deserved more, now it conquered the first away victory of the season in one of its worst games, but it still tastes like gold for what it represents. The Galicians had the ball in the first part and the advantage, in the second they were too delayed and only the lack of ideas by Sporting Gijón prevented a bigger suffering.

This is not only the first away victory for Depor, but also the first win in 2017. The Galicians are now sitting four points above demotion and will now recover the pending game against Real Betis (Wednesday, Riazor, 18h45 CET)

Sporting: (4-3-3) Cuéllar – Douglas (Duje Čop 75’), Amorebieta, Meré, Canella – Sergio Álvarez, Vesga, Moi Gómez (Víctor Rodríguez 14’) (Carlos Castro 65’) – Carmona, Traoré, Burgui.
Deportivo: (4-2-3-1) Lux – Juanfran, Arribas, Sidnei, Navarro – Mosquera, Borges – Fajr, Çolak (Carles Gil 57’), Luisinho (Ola John 84’) – Andone (Joselu 64’).
Goal: 0-1: (45+1’) Mosquera
Referee: Miguel Mateu Lahoz. He showed yellow card to Douglas (42’), Navarro (45+3’), Arribas (52’), Mosquera (58’), Meré (70’), Vesga (72’), Carles Gil (87’), Canella (87’) & Luisinho (87’)
Venue: El Molinón (24,307)
Other statistics: Ball possession (50% - 50%); Attempts to score (5 – 4); Total shots (9 - 7); Shots on target (2- 3); Saves by the keepers (2 - 2); Corner-kicks (6 - 4); Offsides (5 - 1); Fouls committed (11 - 13); Passing accuracy (77% - 79%)



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