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07 Jan 2019
Sad start in 2019 for Depor, the locals lacked ideas and, when they found some spark at the end of the game, it was too late as Lugo wasted all the time they can and ended playing with nine men.

Coach Natxo González announced that he was retuning into a 4-2-3-1 formation and it was like that for the first game in 2019. The big surprise was that Quique González was on the bench as Carlos Fernández joined Borja Valle in attack. Previously, Quique was a starter in the 16 games in which he was available.

Dani Giménez was the starting goalie, David Simón covered the right side in defence, Saúl García performed on the left, Domingos Duarte and Pablo Mari covered the central positions. Álex Bergantiños, Edu Expósito and Krohn-Dehli composed the trio at midfield, then Carles Gil was playing behind Carlos Fernández and Borja Valle in attack.

At CD Lugo, coach Alberto Monteagudo presented the expected lineup for this derby. Ex-Depor Carlos Pita was on the bench with Dani Escriche and Cristian Herrera been the references in attack.

It can be said that the first part was equal, Depor were better in large stages o the half, but it always lacked consistency to end the plays. CD Lugo had a lower presence in attack, but it left a positive impression thanks to the connection between the attackers and the midfielders. 

Deportivo had the initiative since the start, but the only approximation within the first ten minutes was a cross of Krohn-Dehli that Borja Valle couldn’t collect inside the area (8‘). CD Lugo were having big problems to step into the rival’s area, Depor were looking fresher, but also lacked depth.

The first shot on target came at minute 15, Cristian Herrera picked the ball at the edge of the area and his low shot was blocked by Dani Giménez.  After this opportunity the visiting side claimed control of the actions, Depor had big problems in the output of the ball and Lugo started to release dangerous crosses.

Depor’s first shot on target came at minute 20, a collective play inside the area ended with Edu Expósito firing from the left side and Juan Carlos made the save. Five minutes later Carles Gil picked a volley that left him alone against the keeper, but he was offside.

At this height in the game, the locals had regained control over the actions. They were pushing on the right wing and continued to lack depth, but at least they had a strong presence in attack. The big chance for the locals came at minute 33, Carles Gil collected a volley inside the area and his low shot hit the near post and later hit the keeper without the ball passing the lane.

Los Blanquiazules lost again the control over the actions within the last ten minutes and CD Lugo, again, started to give a bigger sense of danger with their crosses. The only chance for Depor in this frame was a cross of David Simón that was luckily collected by Juan Carlos after a couple of rebounds inside the box (41’).

The final part was open and Deportivo continued to risk the game due to their lack of ideas and bad passes, but everything changed with the first expulsion. Still, it wasn’t enough to break the deadlock before a Lugo that did everything they could to keep a point.

Depor had its firs big opportunity after only 26 seconds, a bad pass at Lugo’s defence allowed Borja Valle to release a strong shot from inside the area, the ball hit he crossbar and bounced on the ground before reaching the path of Carlos Fernández, who was offside.

At minute 52, Saúl released a cross from the left that found Carles Gil alone inside the area, but his crossed shot went wide. The game was open as in the first part; the locals were looking better and were having the opportunities, but they also left too many spaces at the back and CD Lugo were finding enough room for the counterattack.

Depor were looking better, but it was still missing to break the deadlock, so Natxo made the first substitution and Cartabia replaced Carles Gil. Then CD Lugo was close to score as Dani Giménez made a bad pass and the keeper himself fixed the error deflecting the shot of Cristian Herrera (64’).

In the resulting corner-kick Dani Giménez made a new great save before the volley from Vasyl Kravets. The game continued to be open as the errors at both sides were always ending in dangerous attacks for the rival.

Then CD Lugo ended with ten men, Jose Carlos saw a second yellow card for a foul over Carlos Fernández and the visiting side had to play with one less player for the final 20 minutes. The game changed at this point as Depor started to harass a CD Lugo that only find one way to defend itself: wasting time.

At minute 74, David Simón fired a strong shot at the right side of the area after a rebound, Juan Carlos made the deflection and Carlos Fernández wasn’t able to connect the ball at the far post. The visiting keeper was already the main responsible for the tie.

Depor were all over the rival and Quique González entered for Borja ValleCaballo was the last substitution as he entered for Saúl, and then Deportivo had the big chance to win the game as Carlos Fernández headed a cross from Cartabia when he was at the box and José Carlos saved the game at the goal line (88’).

Quique González had the last opportunity as he tried to head a cross from the right, but he committed a foul (89’). CD Lugo were tried and desperate, an impression that was totally different to the one of the rest of the game, this was evident after Jean Marie Dongou was sent off after only staying on the pitch for 9 minutes.

The ex-Barcelona attacker threw the ball away after earning a foul and was sent off. CD Lugo saw three yellow cards in the added time (nine in the whole game) and ended the game with two men on the ground trying to earn more time, and they succeeded as Depor didn’t have the chance to seize the superiority witnessed in the last stages.

Disappointing result. CD Lugo blocked a Deportivo that lacked spark and that only showed a clear superiority when the rival was reduced to nine men, it was then when the visiting side showed its other face: a mature tea that knows how to waste time when they need it.

Depor are third at the standings, but the Galicians will only keep the position if Málaga CF lose on Monday. The next game is the visit to RCD Mallorca (Son Moix, Saturday, 20h30 CET), this game will close the first round.

Deportivo: (4-3-1-2) Dani Giménez – David Simón, Domingos Duarte, Pablo Mari, Saúl García (Caballo 86’) – Álex Bergantiños (Quique González 78’), Krohn-Dehli, Edu Expósito – Carles Gil (Cartabia 62’) – Borja Valle, Carlos Fernández.
Lugo: (4-4-2) Juan Carlos – Campabadal, José Carlos, Bernardo, Kravets – Iriome, Seoane, Azeez, Campillo (Sergio Gil 77’) – Escriche (Dongou 81’), Cristian Herrera (Pita 64’).
Referee: Rubén Ávalos Barrera. He showed yellow card to Cristian Herrera (34’), Saúl García (39’), Fernando Seoane (52’), Álex Bergantiños (63’), Pita (67’), Domingos Duarte (89’), Juan Carlos (90+2’) & Kravets (90+2’). José Carlos (37’ & 69’) Dongou (89’ & 90+1’) were sent off with two yellow cards.
Venue: Riazor (21,687)
Other statistics: Ball possession (63% - 37%); Attempts to score (6 – 3); Total shots (13 - 4); Shots on target (4 - 1); Saves by the keepers (4 - 1); Corner-kicks (7 - 3); Offsides (6 - 0); Fouls committed (13- 24); Passing accuracy (90% - 82%)



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