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REVIEW: DEPORTIVO 2 – ATHLETIC 2 (LIGA)

27 Nov 2017
Depor rescued a point after coming from behind twice. Adrián scored and assisted, but Athletic had more opportunities and even hit the post twice.

BEFORE THE GAME
Juanfran Moreno was the starting choice for the right back position in the surprise of coach Cristóbal Parralo at the starting lineup.  It was a 4-3-3 draw with Rubén Martínez at the goal, Fernando Navarro on the left, plus Raúl Albentosa and Fabian Schär performing at the centre of the defence.

The trio of centre midfielders was composed by Fede Valverde, Celso Borges and Pedro Mosquera. Fede Cartabia attacked from the right wing, Adrián López did it from the left and Lucas Pérez was the centre forward.

At Athletic Club, coach José Ángel Ziganda surprised as Raúl García was left on the bench, so Óscar de Marcos was playing behind Aritz Aduriz in attack, with Markel Susaeta and Iñaki Willams as the other references in attack.

FIRST HALF
Deportivo was lost during the first twenty minutes, Athletic Club seized the opportunity to score a goal and claim the lead, but things radically changed and the Galicians reacted and were able to tie the scoresheet before the break.

The game started with Athletic Club having the ball possession, Depor were locked at their side of the field, but the Basques weren’t stepping into the Galician area, while the locals were betting in long throws searching for Lucas Pérez.

The dominion from Athletic was confirmed in the following minutes, the Basques had two straight opportunities, first centre-back Unai Núñez sent the ball out in a corner-kick action (13’), in the next play an error of Schär ended with Aduriz assisting Mikel Rico, who sent the ball over the crossbar firing from the edge of the area.

Then the goal of Athletic Club arrived.  It was an error of Navarro passing the ball at midfield, the play continued with Aduriz assisting Susaeta, who scored with a drilling shot before Rubén.
 
Depor only reacted after the goal, their first approximation was a corner-kick from the left in which Adrián headed the ball inside the box, his attempt ended with the ball hitting the outside of the net (20’). Two minutes later Lucas assisted Adrián and, after dribbling three rivals, the Asturian released a low shot that was saved by visiting goalie Kepa Arrizabalaga.

At minute 26, Valverde had a great chance to tie the game. After a serious of rebound in a header of Adrián, the Uruguayan missing the target firing from the right side of the area. At this height in the game the tide had already changed as Depor was the one creating the scoring opportunities.

Then the Galicians found the deserved equalizer, it was a corner-kick from the right, Mosquera found the ball at the far post, he tried to shot on target, but instead assisted Adrián, who just had to push the ball in from the right corner of the box.

It seemed Deportivo were ending the first half in the best form, Cartabia had the next chance after a combination with Lucas, but his shot from the right corner of the area went over the crossbar (36’). But Athletic had two more chances before the break, first Rubén had to clear a header of Laporte in a lateral free-kick action (40’), two minutes later De Marcos missed the target firing from the edge of the area.

Both sides ended the half upset for a play inside Depor’s area. Iñaki Williams got the ball at the right corner of the area, he was backwards the goal and, in the attempt of holding on the ball, he touched it with the arm, the referee didn’t whistle anything and the play ended with Mikel Rico falling down after a challenge of Mosquera and no penalty was called.

SECOND HALF
Dramatic second part, a clear penalty over Cartabia wasn’t whistle, immediately Athletic scored and Depor started to suffer, but the Galicians found the equalizer in a corner-kick and could have even won the game in a final chance for Juanfran.

The second half started with a modification, Edu Expósito replaced Pedro Mosquera. The Galician didn’t look fine in the first part and coach Parralo wanted to have more control at midfield territory. The draw was now 4-2-3-1 with acting as a playmaker.

The first attempt in the second half was a shot of Cartabia from the edge of the area, he was assisted by Lucas and the ball went out (50’). Six minutes later the Riazor protested a clear penalty over Cartabia. The Argentine was about to collect the ball at the box and Mikel Rico came from behind and kicked him in the chest as he was trying to clear the danger.

And then Athletic scored its second goal. Substitute Raúl García collected the ball without any pressure and then assisted Iñaki Williams, who crossed Rubén firing from the right side of the area. The locals felt the hit and the Basques continued striking, at minute 64, Mikel Rico missed the target when he was alone at the left side of the area.

Before that play Florin Andone had replaced Borges, now the draw was a 4-4-2. But Athletic continued been the most dangerous team on the pitch, Iturraspe hit the woodwork after firing an impressive shot from outside the area (69’).

Depor had their next opportunity until minute 71, it was a free-kick action in which Lucas missed the target.  At this point the visiting side was looking closer to score as Los Blanquiazules were lost on the pitch.

But then the equalizer came. It was a corner-kick from the left. Lucas released the cross. Adrián headed the ball at the near post and Schär found it at the goal line to end tying the game.

It was minute 75 and what followed was an open game with Athletic having clear chances, but Depor also had its opportunities. Two minutes after the equalizer, Iñaki Williams hit the post with a shot from the box, in the next play Cartabia could have scored in a short-range attempt blocked by Kepa.

Then Carles Gil debuted on the season replacing Cartabia and Athletic pushed hard within the last five minutes, they had the ball possession and only missed to finalize the plays before a tired Depor. Still, the locals could have won the game at the last minute, but Juanfran sent the ball over the crossbar after collecting a pass from Lucas (90+3’).

AFTER THE GAME
Deportivo continue to b a soft team in defence, the constant errors cost goals, but in this opportunity the offensive punch was enough to rescue a point. Adrián scored and assisted and the Galicians could even have won in the last play.

The Galicians remain out of relegation and will visit Sevilla CF on Saturday (18h30 CET). But before Deportivo will face the second-leg in Copa visiting UD Las Palmas (Wednesday, 21h30 CET)

MATCH STATISTICS
Deportivo: (4-3-3) Rubén Martínez – Juanfran, Albentosa, Schär, Navarro – Mosquera (Edu Expósito 46’), Valverde, Borges (Andone 63’) – Cartabia (Carles Gil 84’), Lucas, Adrián.
Athletic: (4-2-3-1) Kepa – Bóveda, Unai Núñez, Laporte, Balenziaga – Mikel Rico, Iturraspe -  Iñaki Williams, De Marcos (Raúl García 53’), Susaeta – Aduriz.
Goals: 0-1: (15’) Susaeta, 1-1: (35’) Adrián, 1-2: (59’) Iñaki Williams, 2-2: (75’) Schär
Referee: José Luis González González. He showed yellow card to Mosquera (39’), Cartabia (44’), Edu Expósito (67’), Laporte (70’) & Albentosa (86’)
Venue: Riazor (20,879)
Other statistics: Ball possession (52% - 48%); Attempts to score (10 – 11); Total shots (13 - 10); Shots on target (4- 3); Saves by the keepers (1 - 2); Corner-kicks (5 - 2); Offsides (1 - 2); Fouls committed (11 - 14); Passing accuracy (74% - 75%)

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