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27 Oct 2017
Hard defeat for Depor, everything was negative in the first half and, when the team was reacting in the second part, it ended conceding twice. Juanfran was sent off and Schär ended injured.

Debut for coach Cristóbal Parralo, who ordered a training session early on the day and later left two of the expected starters out of the roster (Arribas & Borja Valle). In the end he presented a similar 4-2-3-1 figure compared to the one that lost against Girona FC.

Przemysław Tytoń was the starting goalie, Juanfran Moreno covered the right side in defence, Fernando Navarro played on the left, the central positions were for Fabian Schär and Sidnei. Edu Expósito and Guilherme were the centre midfielders, Bruno Gama attacked from the right wing, Bakkali did it from the left, Fede Valverde was the playmaker and Florin Andone was the centre forward.

Coach Pako Ayestarán did something similar at UD Las Palmas, because he presented a very different team to the one tested in the trainings before the game. Loïc Rémy was benched and the references in attack were Vitolo, Momo and Jonathan Viera.

The worst possible debut for new boss Cristóbal Parralo, because after only thirty minutes his team was already trailing by two goals and was playing with ten men. The Galicians had a positive start, but fell down after allowing the first goal.

The game started with a strong Depor, Fabian Schär surprised everyone after only fifty seconds, he released a long-distance shot that hit the far post of visiting goalie Raúl Lizoain, the action was followed by a header of Sidnei in a corner-kick (3’) and a pressure of Lucas that almost left him alone before the keeper (5’).

Depor started strongly, but Las Palmas were going to hit first. Vitolo made a great solo-play and ended hitting the post, the defence was too slow to clear the danger, so Momo got the loose ball to score with a low shot from the right side of the area that Tytoń didn’t block properly.

And soon the second goal arrived, Sidnei failed to control the ball at midfield, it went into the path of Vitolo, who ran until the edge of the area, then he drilled a pass to Jonathan Viera at the left corner of the area, then he made a short pass to see Momo at the box and the ex-Depor pushed the ball in.

And if that wasn’t enough drama, Juanfran was sent off at the middle of the first half. He committed a tough tackle and was initially booked, but the defender said something to the referee and was shown a second yellow [the act didn’t report any insult, so he will probably receive a one-match ban]. Valverde started to cover the right-back position after the expulsion.

The game was already uphill for Deportivo; Las Palmas, almost by accident, had things under control and spent the time passing the ball. The locals seemed stunned and didn’t react properly. Their best chance in the last frame of the first half was wide shot by Edu Expósito (37’).

Meanwhile, Las Palmas were closer to score the third goal, Jonathan Viera missed the target in a direct free-kick action (35’), and later Vicente Gómez picked  a low cross from the left, but his crossed shot just passed close to the post (41’).

Deportivo showed a much better face in the second part, but as it happened before it lost after been close to equalize the score, the team ended conceding two more goals after been close to tie the actions playing with one less man. The injury of Schär affected a defence that was already too soft.

The final part started with a direct free-kick of Javi Castellano that Tytoń cleared to corner-kick (47’). Then Lucas completed the first shot on target, it was a short-range attempt cleared to corner-kick (48’).

Depor had the initiative and Las Palmas were patiently waiting at their side of the field. The Galicians weren’t creating too much damage, but at least had the ball possession (UD Las Palmas had a 55% of the ball possession during the first part).

Then Parralo made his first substitution and Gerard Valentín claimed the spot of Bruno Gama. With the move Valverde returned to midfield and Depor were playing with a 4-3-2. And then the locals found a goal.

Bakkali released a cross that Lucas met inside the area, he couldn’t connect the ball properly, but still, it ended at the back of the net. The goal revitalized the public, who were whistling at the end of the first half, and also the local players.

The goals also affected the morale of UD Las Palmas, the Canarians lost control of the actions and were at the mercy of Depor. Bakkali was close to score in a direct free-kick saved by Raúl Lizoain (65’). The next two changes at Depor were the entries of Pedro Mosquera and Andone for Guilherme and Lucas.

Fede Valverde had the next two opportunities (76’ & 77’), the clearest one was the first, the Uruguayan picked a pass from Gerard Valentín, but couldn’t score when he was alone before Raúl Lizoain.

And just when Depor seemed closer to score, UD Las Palmas scored the third goal. Again soft defence by Sidnei with Jonathan Vieramaking the play to end assisting substitute Jonathan Calleri, who scored from close range.

At this height of the game Schär was dragging a muscle problem and the visiting side seized this to score the fourth goal. It was a long pass from substitute Hernán Santana that was capitalized again by Jonathan Calleri firing from the right side of the area.

The drama for Depor continues, Parralo debuted, but the picture didn’t change. Two goals in sixteen minutes and one expulsion that forced the Galicians to play with one less man for an hour. Depor still were strong enough to deserve to equalize the game, but ended conceding two more goals to leave the tie in Copa almost sentenced. Juanfran ended expelled and Schär injured and already doubtful for Monday’s game.

The second-leg will be played at the end of November, but first Deportivo and UD Las Palmas will meet again on Monday, this time laying for la liga (Estadio de Gran Canaria, 21h00 CET).

Deportivo: (4-2-3-1) Tytoń – Juanfran, Sidnei, Schär, Navarro – Guilherme (Mosquera 71’), Edu Expósito – Bruno Gama (Gerard Valentín 56’), Valverde, Bakkali – Lucas Pérez (Andone 71’)
Las Palmas: (4-3-3) Raúl Lizoain - Simón, Lemos, Bigas, Dani Castellano –Vicente (Hernán 81’), Javi Castellano (Samper 71’), Tana (Calleri 74’) – Jonathan Viera, Vitolo, Momo
Goals: 0-1: (7’) Momo, 0-2: (16’) Momo, 1-2: (58’) Lucas, 1-3: (80’) Calleri, 1-4: (89’) Calleri
Referee: Miguel Mateu Lahoz. He showed yellow card to Jonathan Viera (5’), Eduu Expósito (8’), Tana (32’), Guilherme (38’) & David Simón (48’).  Juanfran was sent off with two yellow cards (23’ & 24’)
Venue: Riazor (12,105)
Other statistics: Ball possession (51% - 49%); Attempts to score (13 – 9); Total shots (17 - 14); Shots on target (6- 6); Saves by the keepers (2 - 5); Corner-kicks (8 - 1); Offsides (0 - 2); Fouls committed (12 - 12); Passing accuracy (73% - 87%)



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