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02 Sep 2018
Weird feeling for the fans, Depor didn’t play well, but was winning at minute 92, then an error of the defensive line allowed the final equalizer.

Coach Natxo González was repeating the lineup that conquered the first victory on the season. Therefore Didier Moreno was on the bench and Pedro Mosquera was a starter. Michele Somma was the man ruled out in order to fit the 18-men squad.

Dani Giménez was the starting keeper, David Simón covered the right side in defence, Diego Caballo covered the left. The centre-backs were Eneko Bóveda and Domingos Duarte. Álex Bergantiños and Vicente Gómez joined Mosquera at midfield, then Carles Gil was playing behind Borja Valle and Quique González in attack.

Some novelties at CD Tenerife too; coach Joseba Etxeberria said that Joao Rodríguez wasn’t going to start, but the Colombian was part of the starting eleven. Nano was left on the bench, so José Naranjo joined Filip Malbašić as the main references in attack.

Solid start by Deportivo, enough to claim the lead after the punch shown in the first 20 minutes, but later the errors came and the team suffered, though CD Tenerife were unable to transform these mistakes into shots on target.

The game started with a big chance to score for Depor, Caballo released a precise cross from the left and Quique González headed the ball over the crossbar (1’). Despite the opportunity, Tenerife was the side having the initiative and pushing upfront.

Depor weren’t having the ball, but this time had depth as it created the second clear chance to score in their third arrival. Carles Gil stole the ball at the left corner of the area and his curved and impressive shot hit the far post and then went out (9’).

Then there was the polemic call of the game, a cross from the left was searching for Borja Valle, but the ball hit the back and the arm of Jorge Sáenz and the referee whistled the penalty. The locals protested the play and the discomfort was translated into the stands as the fans started to protest any play starting on this point. Meanwhile, Quique González seized the occasion and scored from the spot.

Naranjo had the first chance to score for the locals in a direct free-kick in which he sent the ball wide (21’). The pressure from the locals started to decrease with the passage of the minutes, but Depor didn’t push and instead tried to administrate the advantage and hit again with a counterattack.

Then Deportivo started to commit silly mistakes in the output of the ball and, together with the will to tie the score, it allowed the Canarians to have some clear approximations, but they were unable to complete a shot on target in this half.

Depor fell down before the local pressure and was at the mercy of the rival in large stages of the half. And when the game was equalized the Galicians made a step forward and got the advantage again only to concede a new goal at the last second.

The final part started with Nano entering the pitch as Joseba Etxeberria was trying to add punch in attack. Depor continued committing huge errors in defence and this time the locals were ending the plays.

Dani Giménez saved his team twice, first blocking a low and short-distance attempt of Malbašić (51’), later getting a cross from the left after a big error of Bóveda (52’). But the keeper couldn’t do anything before the strong shot of Acosta that meant the equalizer.

Natxo González realized too late that his team had lost midfield territory and Pedro Sánchez entered for Quique González. The modification didn’t change the picture and Depor continued suffering. Bóveda committed a new error in the mark and left Malbašić alone before Giménez and striker sent the ball out with a crossed shot (58’).

Didier Moreno replaced Mosquera as Natxo was still trying to reverse the war at midfield. The entry of the Colombian brought calm as Depor started to look better before a rival that was also more passive after their frantic start in the half.

Edu Expósito was the third substitution as he replaced a Carles Gil that was dealing with muscle issues. Pedro Sánchez had a big chance to score at minute 84, he was assisted by Caballo and was left alone against Dani Hernández, but his shot hit the body of the keeper.

At this point in the game the Galicians had made a step forward as the locals were looking tired, and Depor managed to score again in the added time. Didier Moreno launched a counterattack and assisted Borja Valle at the right side of the area, and the striker scored with a crossed shot.

And as it happened in Albacete, Depor conceded a goal at the last second to end dropping two points. The referee whistled a doubtful foul of Borja Valle over Nano and in the resulting free-kick Naranjo released a high volley that Dani Giménez missed to punch, Jorge Sáenz seized the occasion and headed the ball in at the far post before a passive defensive line.

Depor didn’t deserve more than a draw, but the Galicians are returning home with a bittersweet taste in the mouth as they lost the advantage twice and with the second arriving at the last second. Natxo González changed the entire midfield territory, but Depor suffered a lot in the second part.

Deportivo remain among the first places after adding five points in three away meetings, now they return home in order to face Sporting Gijón in the first game at the Riazor of the campaign (Sunday, 20h45 CET).

Tenerife: (4-4-2) Dani Hernández – Luis Pérez, Carlos Ruiz, Sáenz, Camille – Acosta (Borja Llarena 78’), Alberto (Nano 46’), Luis Milla, Malbašić – Joao Rodríguez (Suso 65’), José Naranjo.
Deportivo: (4-3-1-2) Dani Giménez – David Simón, Bóveda, Domingos Duarte, Caballo – Vicente Gómez, Álex Bergantiños, Mosquera (Didier Moreno 63’) – Carles Gil (Edu Expósito 74’) – Borja Valle, Quique González (Pedro Sánchez 54’).
Goals: 0-1: (14’) Quique González (penalty), 1-1: (53’) Acosta, 1-2: (90+1’) Borja Valle, 2-2: (90+3’) Sáenz
Referee: Jorge Figueroa Vázquez. He showed yellow card to Alberto (27’), Álex Bergantiños (31’), Mosquera (41’), Camille (42’) & Acosta (56’)
Venue: Heliodoro Rodríguez López (12,139)
Other statistics: Ball possession (47% - 53%); Attempts to score (6 – 5); Total shots (16 - 8); Shots on target (3- 3); Saves by the keepers (1 - 1); Corner-kicks (11 - 3); Offsides (2 - 2); Fouls committed (20 - 10); Passing accuracy (63% - 70%)




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