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07 Apr 2018
Suffered win for Deportivo, the first success in 2018. The Galicians played poorly in the first half, later they improved in the second and needed three goals to surpass a combative rival that fell down in the end.

Clarence Seedorf chose the expected lineup for the game. Rubén Martínez was the starting keeper, Juanfran Moreno covered the right side in defence, Fernando Navarro, the only novelty compared to the past game with Atlético, performed on the left.

The centre backs were Sidnei Rechel and Raúl Albentosa. There was a diamond figure at midfield composed by Pedro Mosquera, Sulleyman Muntari, Guilherme and Emre Çolak, then the centre forwards were Adrian López and Lucas Pérez.

Málaga CF also presented the expected lineup. Coach José González was relying in the same team that defeated Villarreal CF. Chory Castro, Diego Rolán & Youssef En-Nesyri were the references in attack.

There was a concentration of fans outside the stadium before the kick-off; it was a protest for the poor season of the team. It was called by the Riazor Blues. Some peńas decided to join them, others expressed that it isn’t the right time to speak. Around 300 persons were asking for the exit of the current board of directors.

Bad first part by fearful Deportivo. Ironically the Galicians claimed an early lead, but wasted it with a poor game before a combative rival that lacked aim, but that had enough spirit to fight until getting a deserved equalizer.

The game started with a chance for Málaga CF. It was a counterattack in which Rolán got the ball at the left side of the area, Sidnei tried to clear the danger, the ball hit his chest and later the attacker released a low shot that was an easy catch for Rubén (1’)

The visiting side was looking fresher and was pushing in attack, but then Deportivo earned a penalty. Çolak released a long pass searching for Lucas, the ball hit the back of a defender and the striker got it, entered the area and fell down before the pressure of Luis Hernández.  The visiting side protested and it seemed to be a soft penalty. The same striker claimed the ball and scored from the spot.

After the goal, the game became more open. Málaga CF were trying to pass the ball and penetrate by the sides, while Deportivo were betting in long throws, just like the play that provoked the penalty. Lucas was the most dangerous player for the locals, by minute 15 he had already scored a goal and provoked a yellow card.

With the passage of the minutes Deportivo became a fearful team, because the Galicians were unable to hold on the ball and abused of the long throws. Málaga CF played at will, but later the visiting side was unable to create scoring opportunities.

The visiting side felt impotent and started to attempt long shots, like the ones of En-Nesyri (25’) and Success (33’) that missed the target.  The virtue of Málaga CF was to insist and they got a deserved reward through the equalizer.

It was a corner from the left, the ball was sent into the far post. Miquel headed the ball first and then Diego Rolán scored pushing the ball in, though it also hit Guilherme. Depor had wasted an advantage after been unable to be into the game since its early goal.

Depor’s game improved a lot in the final part, but the Galicians wasted again an advantage only to recover it in the final stretch. This time Seedorf guessed right with the modifications as both Borges and Borja Valle were key to the victory.

The final part started with the entry of Celso Borges for Muntari. Depor had a big chance starting the half. It was a lateral free-kick, after the header of Albentosa at the far post, the ball went into the path of Lucas, who fired a low shot from the penalty spot, the ball was going in, but somehow Roberto deflected it and the ball went close to the far post (47’).

Deportivo had a slow improvement, Lucas continued to be the most dangerous player for Galicians, while the entry of Borges helped to reduce Málaga’s penetrations by the sides.  The first approximation for the Andalusians was a corner-kick in which Chory Castro collected the ball at the edge of the area, but his attempt to shot was blocked (58’).

Adrián had a good chance at minute 61, Lucas assisted him and the Asturian was alone before Roberto, but his low attempt was too easy for the keeper. Then Guilherme hit the post with a shot from the edge of the area (66’)

Suddenly Depor were deserving something more and the locals got a reward for its good second half. Malaga’s defence failed in the output of the ball, Mosquera seized the chance to drill the ball into the penalty spot, and Adrián was there to score the goal.

But this time the advantage only lasted three ne minutes, now a distraction at Depor’s defence allowed Samu García to drill a cross that Rolán connected for a good goal.  Then Borja Valle replaced Mosquera and it turned to be the right call as it was crucial for the third goal.

Before, both sides exchanged opportunities. En-Nesyri hit the post with a shot that was previously deflected by Ruben (82’). Two minutes later Borja Valle appeared for the first time with a great pass to Lucas that the striker couldn’t seize, but in the next play the same Borja Valle was making a new key pass, this time drilling the ball into the penalty spot and Adrián was there to push the ball in.

Málaga CF had the chance to score a new equalizer, this time after substitute Borja Bastón was collecting the ball at the far post in a free-kick action, but was unable to find the net (88’). There was no time for more as Depor had the ball within the final minutes before a rival that was already tired, actually Rolán barely could walk within the final ten minutes. Andone after the third goal replacing a Çolak that also had a good game.

Deportivo finally found the victory in 2018.  The Galicians were too imprecise in the first part, the picture changed with the entry of Borges. It was an exciting game as Depor wasted two advantages only to recover it in the final stretch.

Los Blanquiazules remain in a delicate situation, now pending of what UD Las Palmas can do visiting Levante UD on Sunday. There are three games on next week with Depor visiting first Athletic Club on Saturday (San Mamés, 20h45 CET).

Deportivo: (4-4-2) Rubén Martínez - Juanfran, Albentosa, Sidnei, Navarro – Muntari (Borges 46’), Mosquera (Borja Valle 79’), Guilherme, Emre Çolak (Andone 86’)- Lucas, Adrián.
Málaga:  (4-4-2) Roberto - Rosales, Luis Hernández, Ignasi Miquel, Miguel Torres – Success (Samu García 56’), Iturra, Lacen (Adrián González 68’), Chory Castro (Borja Bastón 78’) – Rolán, En-Nesyri
Goals: 1-0: (6’) Lucas, 1-1: (41’) Rolán, 2-1: (70’) Adrián, 2-2: (73’) Rolán, 3-2: (85’) Adrián
Referee: Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz. He showed yellow card to Ignasi Miquel (16’), Muntari (33’), Luis Hernández (43’), Guilherme (48’), Çolak (50’), Miguel Torres (52’) & Rubén Martínez (88’)
Venue: Riazor (17,058)
Other statistics: Ball possession (48% - 52%); Attempts to score (7 – 6); Total shots (14 - 11); Shots on target (6- 4); Saves by the keepers (2 - 3); Corner-kicks (7 - 6); Offsides (2 - 1); Fouls committed (16 - 14); Passing accuracy (79% - 80%)



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