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27 Apr 2017
New disappointing game by Deportivo; despite the Galicians caressed the 2-2 at the end of the first part, Real Madrid scored when they wanted and conquered a new big win at the Riazor.

Pepe Mel didn’t pick Laure and neither Bruno Gama, this after testing with the duo during the week, Instead he tested a different team early in the morning, this time with Juanfran Moreno, who was completing his liga game number 100 with Depor, and Carles Gil.

The draw was a 4-2-3-1. German Lux was the starting goalkeeper, Juanfran covered the right side in defence, Luisinho performed on the left, the central positions were for Sidnei Rechel and Alejandro Arribas. Álex Bergantińos and Guilherme were the centre midfielders, Carles Gil attacked from the right wing, Gaël Kakuta did it from the left, Emre Çolak was the playmaker and Florin Andone was the centre forward.

At Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane made the rotations that were expected, and it even reached the goal as Kiko Casilla was a starter for the seventh time in 2017. Benzema was on the bench, while the references in attack were Lucas Vázquez, Álvaro Morata and Marco Asensio.

Crazy first part, after only 25 minutes Real Madrid could have been leading 0-4 in another poor start by Deportivo, later the Blanquiazul outfit reacted and caressed the 2-2 to end allowing a late goal that meant the 1-3.

The game started with the goal from Real Madrid. It was an error on the left side of the defense, Isco managed to drill the ball inside the area and Arribas was to slow to mark Álvaro Morata, who scored from inside the box with a strong shot into the top-corner of Lux.

Deportivo were too nervous and faced problems with the output of the ball and, at the same time, it was unable to contain the quick attacks from Isco and Asensio. At minute 5, Asensio could have scored after entering the area without facing opposition and Lux made the save.

Only one minute later Isco fired from the edge of the area and the ball passed close to the far post. It seemed Depor wanted to react as Juanfran attempted a low shot on target, it was an easy catch for Kiko Casilla and only a mirage (6’).

Because Real Madrid were playing at will before a dead Deportivo. Asensio hit the post at minute 12, and one minute later the Madrilenians scored the second goal. Çolak lost the ball in attack, in the counterattack James made the play before a Depor that never stopped him, then he assisted Lucas Vázquez on the left wing and later the Colombian collected the low cross to score from close range.

Then Depor had a small reaction and completed two shots, one from Carles Gil that was blocked by Casilla (22’) and the other was made by Guilherme with the ball passing over the crossbar (24’). One minute later Kakuta was trying to drill the ball when Casilla was out of position, Marcelo made the save at the goal line and the play was invalidated by an offside by Carles Gil.

The game seemed more equal, but Depor continued making terrible mistakes in defence. At minute 26, Lux was close to cost a goal after a bad clearance and the same Argentine goalie made the save before the drilling shot from Lucas Vázquez.

Morata could have scored the third at minute 31, but his shot after collecting a cross from the left hit the face of Lux.  And then Depor were pulled back into the game. Luisinho sent a high cross from the left, after a deflection at the penalty spot Kakuta collected the ball at the far post, then he made a short pass into the path of Andone, who scored at pleasure from the box.

Suddenly, Depor were in control of the actions and Carles Gil was close to tie the game with a long-distance shot that Casilla cleared to corner-kick (38’). Four minutes later Casilla didn’t arrive in time to clear a cross from the left, luckily for him the ball hit Sidnei and went out before Andone could reach it.

The locals caressed the draw, just when it seemed impossible after watching the first 25 minutes, and then, in a new twist, Real Madrid scored the third goal. It was a big play by Isco, who stole the ball at the left side, then eluded four rivals, recovered the ball at the edge of the area, and assisted Marcelo, who released a cross that was deflected and later found by Lucas Vázquez to net the goal.

The final part was less entertaining… until Real Madrid pushed again and scored three more times before a broken Deportivo that left a new pale impression before its fans.  The Galicians were lost and were at the mercy of a Real Madrid that should have scored more goals.

Pepe Mel ordered a double change at half-time, Przemysław Tytoń and Fernando Navarro entered for Lux and Kakuta. In the case of Lux, the Argentine had problems after making a save with the face in the first half, though later the club informed that it was a thigh problem.

Meanwhile, Navarro was playing as a third centre-back. Luisinho and Juanfran were the fullbacks and the draw was now a 3-5-2.  Though a new change came soon, because Carles Gil fell injured and was replaced by Joselu

The half had a slow start, without too much excitement. The first opportunity to score came until minute 59, it was a counterattack in which Asensio made the long run and assisted Lucas Vázquez, who incredibly missed the target when he was alone before Tytoń. Just two minutes later it was Morata who couldn’t resolve before Tytoń, the Ukrainian cleared the danger to corner-kick.

And then James scored the fourth goal, it was a counterattack in which the locals protested a foul, the play ended with Isco drilling the ball into the area and the Colombian scored from close range to kill the game.

With Deportivo already defeated, the party was unleashed and Real Madrid could have scored more goals, and only netted two more. The fifth arrived when James released a cross from the left that found Isco alone enough to net the goal from close range.

Then Luisinho should have been rewarded with a penalty after been tackled by Nacho (81’), two minutes later it came the second goal for Deportivo. Luisinho released a cross from the left and Joselu headed the ball at the penalty spot without opposition. 

And the game ended with a new goal from Real Madrid. Substitute Casemiro got the ball at the edge of the area and his low shot couldn’t be deflected by Tytoń. After the final whistle there were whistles at the stands for the few people that stayed to witness the debacle.

It was the “second unit” of Real Madrid, as the media call it, but it was powerful enough to humiliate again a soulless Deportivo that never offered a clear opposition. The weirs thing is that, at the end of the first half, Depor caressed the 2-2, but it was a mirage as Real Madrid pushed, and scored, as they wished.

Deportivo remain in a favourable situation, with a seven-point advantage over relegation with four games remaining. On Sunday the Galicians visit CA Osasuna, side that’s already relegated (El Sadar, 12h00 CET).

Deportivo: (4-2-3-1) Lux (Tytoń 46’) – Juanfran, Arribas, Sidnei, Luisinho – Álex Bergantińos, Guilherme – Carles Gil (Joselu 56’), Çolak, Kakuta (Navarro 46’) – Andone.
Real Madrid: (4-3-3) Kiko Casilla – Danilo, Varane (Tejero 87’), Nacho, Marcelo – Isco (Casemiro 78’), Kovačić, James – Lucas Vázquez, Morata, Asensio (Mariano 78’).
Goals: 0-1: (1’) Morata, 0-2: (13’) James, 1-2: (34’) Andone, 1-3: (44’) Lucas Vázquez, 1-4: (66’) James, 1-5: (77’) Isco, 2-5: (83’) Joselu, 2-6: (87’) Casemiro
Referee: José María Sánchez Martínez. He showed yellow card to Arribas (66’), Isco (68’), Joselu (90+1’) & Çolak (90+2’)
Venue: Riazor (26,788)
Other statistics: Ball possession (47% - 53%); Attempts to score (6 – 13); Total shots (19 - 22); Shots on target (7- 11); Saves by the keepers (5 - 5); Corner-kicks (4 - 5); Offsides (2 - 4); Fouls committed (12 - 5); Passing accuracy (87% - 87%)



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