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04 Mar 2018
Bizarre first half that almost cost the game to Deportivo. The Galicians finally scored, but it wasn’t enough to get the needed victory.

As Clarence Seedorf announced the day before, there were a lot of changes at the starting lineup. The main one was the debut of Ukrainian goalkeeper Maksím Kóval, the fifth keeper to cover the goal of Depor on this season.

Eneko Bóveda was moved into the right side of the defence, Fernando Navarro covered the left sector, Sidnei Rechel and Raúl Albentosa were the centre-backs, Sulleyman Muntari was the lonely pivote, Celso Borges and Emre Çolak were the playmakers, Adrián López attacked from the right wing, Lucas Pérez did it from the left and Florin Andone was the centre forward.

At SD Eibar, coach Jose Luis Mendilibar presented the rotations that he promised. Dani García and Anaitz Arbilla were starters, but Kike García was left on the bench. His spot in attack was claimed by ex-Pontevedra Charles Dias. The other references in attack were Fabián Orellana and Takashi Inui.

It was one of the most bizarre first halves saw at the Riazor, Depor had several chances, it hit the posts twice and, as always, started losing in the scoresheet. Kóval had a terrible debut that cost a goal and a red card. At least the team broke the spell and finally scored a goal.

The game started with a Depor that was pushing forward and with a clear chance for Florin Andone, Navarro assisted Lucas on the left wing then he assisted the Romanian at the penalty spot, who incredibly hit the body of visiting goalie Marko Dmitrovic (3’).

Three minutes later the roles were exchanged and with the same result, Adrián found Andone on the left wing, and his drilling pass was connected by Lucas and Dmitrovic cleared the ball to corner-kick.

The first chance for SD Eibar was a header of Lombán that went out (8’), and then the visiting side scored the first goal in the game. It was a counterattack in which Orellana drilled the ball from the left, Kóval made a bad decision as he tried to catch the ball, but he fell short and missed it, then Takashi Inui just arrived at the far post to push the ball in.

The game could have been 2-0 at this point, but the score was reflecting a 0-1. Depor lost the nerves since this moment and SD Eibar started to dominate the actions. The bad passes started to prevail and SD Eibar were now having the opportunities. At minute 22, a new counterattack ended with a shot from Jordan that was deflected to corner-kick.

Then Depor found the woodwork for the first time in the game, a cross from the right was connected by Andone, his low attempt hit the near post and then Lucas collected the loose ball, but was unable to dribble a rival (30’).

In the next play Pedro León, who had replaced injured Orellana, was close to score with a strong shot that passes close to the crossbar. Depor seemed doomed, three clear chances and it was losing the game, but then there was a bit of fortune that allowed to see the first goal with Seedorf on board.

Çolak showed some brilliance and drilled a perfect pass into the right wing, Adrián got the ball and released a volley into the path of Andone, who headed the ball and it hit the near post of Dimitrovic, then the ball hit the back of the Serbian and went in.

The game became more open after the equalizer, Eibar had the next two opportunities through a shot of Jordan that missed the target (33’) and a deflection of Sidnei that Kóval barely deflected (38’).

The first half was about to end, but there were more odd things. At minute 40, Albentosa failed to protect the ball and Kóval barely deflected it before a rival, the loose ball was at the edge of the area and the keeper tried a new clearance, this time before Inui and this time the Ukrainian committed a foul that cost him the red card.

Deportivo were going to play with ten men for fifty minutes. Posts, big errors in defence and a lucky goal, the fans thought they just saw everything on a football field, but there was one more bizarre moment as Seedorf called all his players and had a sort of “time-out” to plan the last minutes. Rubén Martínez entered and covered the spot of Kóval, Çolak was the sacrificed man.

If the first half part was full of incredible things, the final part was boring. Depor spent the time defending and SD Eibar felt uncomfortable as they had to assume the role of dominating the actions. Only a few chances were witnessed, only one was for Deportivo.

The final part started with a Depor that was locked at the back, SD Eibar were having the numeric advantage and the ball possession, but this time it was having big problems to penetrate the local defence. Neither Depor were having depth in attack as their counterattacks were ending in nothing.

The firs chance to score in the half came at minute 59, it was after a corner-kick in which Inui found the ball at the edge of the area and his low attempt was cleared by Rubén Martínez.  The minutes were passing and the script continued the same: Depor were locked at the back and SD Eibar continued to have problems in attack, they neither seemed urged in searching the victory.

Depor’s first approximation in this half was a lateral free-kick of Lucas that Sidnei couldn’t head properly (70’). In the next play Jordan released a low shot that was blocked by Rubén.  At minute 76, a cross from substitute Alejo almost surprised Rubén, but the keeper managed to clear the ball.

The final substitutions at Depor were made within the last ten minutes; Krohn-Dehli and Bakkali entered for Muntari and Andone. It seemed that Seedorf was betting that the team could push in the final ten minutes

But the only chance was a long throw in which Dimitrovic almost make the same mistake than Kóval (88’). The game ended with a huge protest at the Riazor, the fans were chanting “You don’t deserve this shirt.”.

The disgraces continue for Deportivo, the team could have been 0-2 before the 10-minute mark, but then a big error from Kóval cost a goal. At least one of the bizarre plays was favourable and Depor were able to pick up a point after playing with ten men for fifty minutes.

The point isn’t enough for Depor, the Galicians will remain penultimate and the permanence could be four points away depending on Sunday’s and Monday’s results. The next game is the visit to Girona FC (Friday, 21h00 CET).

Deportivo: (4-1-4-1) Kóval - Bóveda, Sidnei, Albentosa, Navarro – Muntari (Krohn-Dehli 80’) - Adrián, Borges, Çolak (Rubén Martínez 41’), Lucas – Andone (Bakkali 83’).
Eibar: (4-2-3-1) Dimitrovic – Rubén Peńa, Lombán, Arbilla, Cote – Dani García, Diop (Kike García 59’) – Orellana (Pedro León 26’), Jordán, Inui (Alejo 73’) – Charles.
Goals: 0-1: (10’) Inui, 1-1: (33’) Dimitrovic (o.g.)
Referee: Santiago Jaime Latre. He showed yellow card to Rubén Peńa (64’), Cote (77’) and Sidnei (88’). Kóval was sent off with a direct red card (39’)
Venue: Riazor (19,427)
Other statistics: Ball possession (30% - 70%); Attempts to score (5 – 7); Total shots (7 - 15); Shots on target (2- 3); Saves by the keepers (2 - 1); Corner-kicks (2 - 9); Offsides (5 - 1); Fouls committed (6 - 8); Passing accuracy (63% - 85%)




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