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30 Nov 2017
Somehow Deportivo caressed the pass to the next round, the Galicians were one goal away from the extra-time, having three opportunities at the end in a game with two terrible keepers.

Coach Cristóbal Parralo chose a 4-2-3-1 lineup with the novelty of Steve One, the 22-year-old centre-back from Fabril was making his official debut with the first team. He was the only lad from the B squad at the starting formation.

Costel Pantilimon was the starting keeper, Gerard Valentín covered the right-back position, Saúl García was debuting on this season performing on the left, while Fabian Schär joined One at the centre of the defence. Guilherme and Pedro Mosquera were the centre midfielders, Borja Valle attacked from the right wing, Carles Gil did it from the left, the Valencian was also making his first appearance on the campaign, Emre Çolak was the playmaker and Lucas Pérez was the centre forward.

At UD Las Palmas, coach Pako Ayestarán presented the expected lineup, and with Ximo Navarro joining Aythami Artiles at the centre of the defence. Jonathan Calleri, Vitolo and Hernán Toledo were the references in attack.

Low level in the first half, Deportivo had the ball before a soft rival, but it barely created scoring opportunities. Still, the Galician outfit was able to score once and kept the dream of the comeback alive for the second part.

The game had a slow pace since the start, besides both sides were missing ideas in attack, reason why there were no scoring opportunities within the first eleven minutes. The first shot on target came at minute 11, Calleri collected the ball at the box after a cross from the left, but the shot of the Argentine went directly into the path of Pantilimon.

Then Deportivo started to put the high pressure that Parralo likes, it made things uncomfortable for the locals, but Depor didn’t have depth and was relying in long throws searching for Lucas, those attempts were always intercepted by the local defenders.

Depor’s first opportunity was a long play that ended with Çolak firing from the edge of the area, but his attempt went out (17’). At this height of the game the visiting team was trying to move the ball over the lawn instead of playing on long throws, while Las Palmas was emphasizing their attacks on the left with Hernán Toledo.

Depor’s first shot on target in the game came at minute 27, it was Carles Gil with a drilling attempt caught by local goalie Raúl Chichizola. By the moment the clock hit the 30-minute mark, Depor were already in total control of the situation, but it was having problems to create scoring chances despite the lagoons at the local defence.

Actually, the next shot on target came at minute 40 and it was for Las Palmas, it was a short-range attempt of Toledo that was blocked by Pantilimon. But the first half was going to end with a goal from Depor, Carles Gil stole the ball at the left wing and assisted Emre Çolak, who scored with a low shot from the corner of the area that should have been blocked by Chichizola.

Drama in the Canary Islands, Deportivo finally started to create scoring chances and also begun to score goals, always having ith the help of local goalie Raúl Chichizola. Still it wasn’t enough to reach the extra- time.

The final part started with a Depor that was trying to push pressure upfront, it had a couple of approximations within the firstt wo minutes, but it didn’t end in shots on target. The first chance in the half was for Las Palmas tough, a corner-kick almost end in an own goal of Saúl, but Pantilimon cleared the ball over the crossbar (49’).

And then Depor found the second goal, it was a lateral free-kick of Lucas, his perfect cross was sent into the box, there were three men alone there and it was Borja Valle who scored with a downward header.

Mosquera could have scored the third at minute 56 after a long play, but his shot from the edge of the area missed the target. The local public was upset and just when Depor were stating to believe, Las Palmas scored. It was a counterattack that ended with Hernán Toledo scoring from the left side of the area, Pantilimon could have moved faster to block the attempt.

Depor were still needing two goals, though this time to force the extra-time. Çolak was close to score with a crossed shot (61’) and then Adrián replaced Carles Gil. But the tide had changed, Las Palmas started to push stronger and was closer to score.

At minute 72, substitute Oussama hit the crossbar with a strong shot from the edge of the area, one minute later Borja Herrera was close to score with a drilling and crossed shot that missed the target. But then the drama arrived to the Gran Canaria stadium as Borja Valle scored again.

The ex-Oviedo man got the ball at midfield and ran without opposition until reaching the edge of the area, then he released an impressive shot that went in. Chichizola should have blocked the attempt though. Suddenly Depor was only one goal away from reaching the extra-time.

The public, already tired of their team, started to whistle and Depor had three clear chances to score. In the first Mosqueraheaded out a lateral free-kick from Çolak (84’), two minutes later Lucas had a double opportunity to score, first he eluded an erratic Chichizola outside the area, the keeper blocked the first attempt and his second, a volley into the goal, was clearly at the goal line by David Simón.

Depor were still trying, and Óscar replaced Borja Valle, but those were their last chances in the game. Las Palmas scored their second in the game at the last minute of the stoppage time, it was a counterattack with substitute Loïc Rémy beating Pantilimonfiring from the left side of the box, again the keeper could have made a better job.

Very poor game by Las Palmas, side that didn’t put any opposition at midfield, Depor almost achieve the feat of turning around the 1-4aggregate score, always with the help of local goalie Chichizola. Neither Pantilimon matched the required level. Very good game by debutant Steve One, plus forgotten men like Saúl and Borja Valle.

In the end Deportivo are eliminated from Copa with the aggregate score of 4-6. Now the Galicians return to la liga visiting Sevilla CF on Saturday (Sánchez Pizjúan, 18h30 CET).

Las Palmas: (4-2-3-1) Chichizola - David Simón, Ximo Navarro, Aythami, Borja Herrera - Samper, Hernán (Javi Castellano 84’) - Toledo, Vicente Gómez, Vitolo (Oussama 45+1’) – Calleri (Rémy73’).
Deportivo: (4-2-3-1) Pantilimon – Gerard Valentín, Steve One, Schär, Saúl – Guilherme (Edu Expósito 73’), Mosquera - Borja Valle (Óscar 82’), Çolak, Carles Gil (Adrián 62’) - Lucas.
Goals: 0-1: (41’) Çolak, 0-2: (53’) Borja Valle, 1-2: (58’) Toledo,  1-3: (80’) Borja Valle, 2-3: (90+3’) Rémy
Referee: Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea. He showed yellow card to Vicente Gómez (31’), Samper (51’), Oussama (60’), Gerard Valentín (73’) and Pedro Mosquera (83’).
Kick-off: 21h30 CET (Estadio de Gran Canaria)
Other statistics: Ball possession (47% - 53%); Attempts to score (7 – 10); Total shots (12 - 13); Shots on target (5- 6); Saves by the keepers (2 - 3); Corner-kicks (6 - 1); Offsides (2 - 4); Fouls committed (10 - 13); Passing accuracy (69% - 71%)



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