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REVIEW: DEPORTIVO 0 – GRANADA 0 (LIGA)

06 Apr 2017
Poor game by Deportivo, a disastrous rival was able to get a point as the Galicians missed ideas, punch and once again a penalty taker.

BEFORE THE GAME
Coach Pepe Mel presented the expected lineup for the game, it was a 4-2-3-1 figure with German Lux at the goal, Juanfran Moreno covered the right side in defence, Luisinho played on the left while Sidnei Rechel and Alejandro Arribas were the centre-backs.

Guilherme and Celso Borges were the centre midfielders, Carles Gil attacked from the right wing, Marlos Moreno did it from the left in his first appearance as a starter since January, Emre Çolak was the playmaker and Florin Andone was the centre forward.

At Granada CF, coach Lucas Alcaraz switched the draw into a 4-2-3-1. B team left-back Pervis Estupiñán was surprisingly making his debut in la liga; Artem Kravets was the main reference in attack. Ex-Depor Isaac Cuenca was also a starter.

FIRST HALF
Not a good first half at the Riazor, both teams missed things in attack and, despite the importance of the meeting, it left the feeling of been a boring game. Depor were too hurried and only created two chances in the half, while the Andalusians only had one.

Depor had the first chance in the game, Marlos Moreno stole the ball in attack and assisted Çolak, and the shot from the Turkish playmaker was blocked by visiting goalie Guillermo Ochoa (2’). The Galicians started strong, but were going to last other 35 minutes to have a new clear opportunity.

Marlos Moreno was pretty active in the game, his long runs were creating problems to the defence but, as it happened before, the plays were ending in nothing, mainly as he was unable to surpass the mark of Foulquier. At minute 11, the Colombian attempted a shot from long distance that went out.

At minute 13, Granada CF had their first –and only- chance in the half. It was a corner-kick in which no one in defence marked Boga and his final header was stopped by German Lux. Depor failed in the past game against Valencia CF defending the set-pieces, and now things were going in the same direction.

With the passage of the minutes the game was becoming boring, Deportivo were presenting the usual problems to create scoring opportunities, while Granada CF missed ideas and quality to penetrate the local defence, thus the game was missing excitement despite what was at stake.

There was some excitement until minute 34, Luisinho cleared the danger in a play of Cuenca, and in the counterattack Andone was offside after Juanfran missed to complete a shot from close range.

Depor had a good chance to score at minute 39, a cross from Carles Gil was close to be headed by Andone, but neither the Romanian headed the ball nor Ochoa cleared it. Three minutes later Arribas was close to score through a downward header in a corner-kick and Ochoa made the save.

SECOND HALF
No big changes for the final part, the locals missed the aggressiveness before one of the worst defenses in la liga and, to continue with the spell, Los Blanquiazules missed their fourth penalty on the season, the second straight after also failing before Valencia CF.

Depor started strongly in the final part, but the first opportunity was for Granada CF. It was a direct free-kick attempt by Wakaso that was saved by Lux (47’). The game followed the same script of the first part: Deportivo had the initiative, but later the moves of Andone and Marlos Moreno were ending in nothing, while Granada CF missed more ideas.

The first substitution in the game was the entry of Bruno Gama for Carles Gil, the latter picked an injury in the first half and was unnoticed since then, so Mel decided to replace him.  The Portuguese didn’t have a good game either, he only touched the ball in 18 opportunities.

The visiting side was continuously conceding opportunities as they were failing in the output of the ball, but Deportivo never seized these chances. The best one was a long-distance shot by Juanfran that passed close to the crossbar (67’)

At minute 72, it was Marlos Moreno the one with a chance, he finally surpassed the mark of Foulquier, but his final shot missed the target, just when Andone was alone at the far post. Then the Colombian was replaced by Ola John.

And the Dutchman had a direct impact in the game as in his second appearance he released a cross that was searching for Andone, but he was pushed by Pervis Estupiñán as the Romanian was about ot head the ball. The referee whistled the penalty.

Depor were caressing the victory, but then Celso Borges missed the penalty as Ochoa made the save. It’s the fourth missed penalty on the season and the second in straight matchdays. The locals felt the impact of this new failure and then Granada CF had its best chances, but both Boga (83’) and Andreas Pereira (84’) missed the target. There was a last opportunity for Depor, this after a counterattack led by Andone, but Ola John missed the target (86’).

AFTER THE GAME
New disappointment at Deportivo, the Galicians didn’t convince before a rival that was constantly losing the ball and ended scoreless as Celso Borges missed a penalty. After a positive start, now coach Pepe Mel has only picked one of the last nine points in dispute.

The only good news is that the defeat of Sporting Gijón at El Molinón (0-1 Vs. Málaga CF) has increased the difference with the pit to six points. On Saturday the Galicians visit Sevilla CF (Sánchez Pizjuán, 20h30 CET).

MATCH STATISTICS
Deportivo: (4-2-3-1) Lux – Juanfran, Arribas, Sidnei, Luisinho – Borges, Guilherme – Carles Gil (Bruno Gama 56’), Çolak, Marlos Moreno (Ola John 74’) - Andone.
Granada: (4-2-3-1) Ochoa – Foulquier, Vezo, Saunier, Estupiñán –Wakaso, Pereira – Cuenca, Boga, Héctor (Omer Atzili 83’) – Kravets (Ponce 59’).
Referee: Carlos Del Cerro Grande. He showed yellow card to Héctor (44’), Pervis Estupiñán (75’), Pereira (76’), Ola John (88’) & Cuenca (88’).
Venue: Riazor (19,302)
Other statistics: Ball possession (53% - 47%); Attempts to score (5 – 3); Total shots (12 - 103); Shots on target (3- 2); Saves by the keepers (2 - 3); Corner-kicks (6 - 3); Offsides (3 - 0); Fouls committed (14 - 10); Passing accuracy (74% - 68%)

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