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14 Jan 2018
Déjŕ vu at the Riazor. Depor was playing well, it committed a huge error and it opened the door to a rival that played at will. Later the Galicians could have tied at the end, but Adrián missed an incredible chance.

Coach Cristóbal Parralo presented the expected 4-3-3 lineup, Lucas Pérez, Adrián López and Florin Andone composed the attacking trident, meaning their first appearance together on the campaign.

The rest of the team had Rubén Martínez at the goal, Juanfran Moreno covered the right side in defence, Raúl Albentosa and Sidnei Rechel were the centre-backs, Luisinho performed on the left, while the trio of centre midfielders was composed by Pedro Mosquera, Guilherme and Celso Borges.

At Valencia CF, Marcelino surprised as top-scorer Simone Zaza was left on the bench, the attacking couple was composed by Rodrigo Moreno and Santi Mina. It was also surprising to see Francis Coquelin as a starter despite only completing two trainings with the team.

The usual history of the season. Deportivo played well and deserved something, but a new error by the goalkeeper cost a goal. Later the Galician side was lucky enough to not go into half-time with a bigger disadvantage.

Deportivo started pushing up front, earning a lateral free-kick and a corner-kick on the left within the first two minutes. The first shot on target came at minute 9, Lucas stole the ball at midfield and unleased a counterattack that ended with a volley of Borges that was blocked by visiting goalie Neto Murara.

The reply of Valencia CF came in a corner-kick action in which Nemanja Maksimović headed the ball out before the pressure of Juanfran (11’). In the next play it was Depor the side that had an opportunity in a corner-kick, this time Borges met the crossbar heading the ball inside the box.

With the passage of the minutes, Valencia CF started to have a better ball possession, with Coquelin and Parejo controlling midfield territory, so the visiting side was having longer ball possessions.  But the best chances were for Depor. What happened is that the local team was always well placed, not losing the ball at midfield and therefore avoiding the quick transitions from Valencia CF.

At minute 27, Luisinho released a precise cross from the left and Borges headed the ball over the crossbar, in the next play Adrián had a solo-play on the left, and his low shot from close range was cleared to corner-kick. Los Che had their second chance on the game at minute 32, Guedes got the ball after a corner-kick, and his long-distance shot missed the target.

Then the tragedy landed again to Riazor as Valencia CF scored in a new error of Rubén Martínez, it was a counterattack in which Rodrigo assisted Gonçalo Guedes, who collected the ball at the right corner of the area, he released a drilled shot that Depor’s goalie should have blocked, but somehow the ball passed under his body and went in.

The goal awoke the nerves of Depor, now the Galicians have lost the patience and were constantly losing the ball, just what Valencia CF were expecting for, so the second goal surrounded Rubén’s area within the final ten minutes, but that final shot never arrived.

Depor missed the concentration of the first part, so Valencia CF looked more dangerous and it seized a new error to gain a two-goal lead. But they suffered as the Galicians continued fighting and could have even tied the game in the added time.

The final part started in a similar way then the first half: Depor were pressing up front and Valencia CF were relying in the counterattack. Depor had two opportunities within the first ten minutes, first Mosquera missed the target from the edge of the area (51’), then Guilherme headed the ball out in a cross from Adrián (52’).

In the middle Çolak replaced Borges as Parralo switched the draw into a 4-2-3-1. Depor were making good combinations but later the attackers weren’t ending the plays properly, while Valencia CF were creating danger in every move by Guedes, who was a nightmare for the whole defence under the pouring rain.

And then the second goal of Valencia CF arrived, Albentosa lost the ball at the edge of the area, then Guedes assisted Rodrigo, whose shot from the edge of the area was going into the centre. But it hit Mosquera and ended at the far post of Rubén.

Parralo made the second change and Fede Valverde replaced Mosquera. At this point Depor seemed defeated, the team tried to attack, but the decisions made with the last pass into the area were always wrong, so the visiting side wasn’t suffering.

The third goal could have arrived in two different moments, Rodrigo was close to score at minute 76. But his header after a cross from the left went close to the far post. Then substitute Zaza ended a counterattack with a low shot saved by Rubén (86’).

The game seemed defined, and then Depor pulled a goal in the first -and only- good combination between the three attackers. Lucas released a cross from the left, Adrián met the ball at the far post, he then assisted Andone who headed the ball in from the far post.

The goal brought some hope and the equalizer could have arrived at the last second, Lucas chipped the ball over the visiting defence and Adrián collected the pass inside the box, but the Asturian incredibly sent the ball over the bar when the stadium was already caressing the point (90+2’).

New defeat for a Deportivo that still paying a high price for its errors. This time it had the big opportunity to add a point in the stoppage time, but Adrián missed the target from close range. Before Rubén and Albentosa failed and it cost two goals.

Deportivo remain out of relegation, but it could end in the drop zone if Alavés are able to succeed in their home game with Sevilla CF. The Galician outfit will start the second round visiting Real Madrid (Santiago Bernabéu, Sunday, 16h15 CET).

Deportivo:: (4-3-3) Rubén Martínez – Juanfran, Albentosa, Sidnei, Luisinho – Guilherme, Mosquera (Valverde 69’), Borges (Çolak 52’) – Lucas Pérez, Andone, Adrián.
Valencia: (4-4-2) Neto – Vezo, Gabriel, Garay, Gayá – Gonçalo Guedes, Parejo, Coquelin (Montoya 82’), Maksimović – Rodrigo (Zaza 80’), Santi Mina (Vietto 72’).
Goals: 0-1: (37’) Guedes, 0-2: (63’) Rodrigo, 1-2: (87’) Andone
Referee: Javier Alberola Rojas. He showed yellow card to Mosquera (46’), Parejo (62’) & Gayá (89’)
Venue: Riazor (19,096)
Other statistics: Ball possession (52% - 48%); Attempts to score (8 – 9); Total shots (11 - 12); Shots on target (2- 5); Saves by the keepers (3 - 1); Corner-kicks (7 - 10); Offsides (1 - 1); Fouls committed (13 - 7); Passing accuracy (78% - 83%)




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