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11 Feb 2019
Big win for Deportivo, Quique González scored and Nahuel was sent off. The end was tense, but more for the desperation of Granada CF.

Coach Natxo González sent the expected lineup for the game. Pedro Mosquera was the main novelty as the Galician midfielder was playing his first game in 2019. Striker Quique González was also returning into a starting formation, while Álex Bergantiños was making his 200th appearance for the club.

Dani Giménez covered the goal, David Simón performed at the right side of the defence, the left flank was for Diego Caballo. The central positions were for Álex Bergantiños and Pedro Mosquera. Fede Cartabia covered the right wing, Borja Valle attacked from the left, Edu Expósito was the playmaker and Quique González was the centre forward.

There was a surprise at Granada CF as coach Diego Martínez was recovering Ángel Montoro, the centre midfielder passed a late test and was a starter in the game. Álvaro Vadillo, Fede Vico and Adrián Ramos were the other references in attack for the Andalusians.

Equal first part with a Deportivo that had a couple of good chances, but that also suffered before a rival that lacked aim. Depor had problems since the start, the high pressure from Granada CF didn’t allow a clean output of the ball.

Despite the problems, the first approximation in the game was for the Galician side. Borja Valle released a cross from the left, the ball hit a defender and local goalie Rui Silva had to make the save (11’).

Just two minutes later, Cartabia was close to score. He collected the ball at the right wing, then combined with Edu Expósito and the play ended with the Argentine playmaker releasing a strong shot that passed close to the near post of Rui Silva. The locals responded with Montoro firing from the edge of the area and the ball went over the crossbar (17’).

Adrián Ramos had his first opportunity at minute 25, he collected a cross from the left and his header was saved by Dani Giménez. In the resulting corner-kick, José Martínez hit the crossbar and later Pozo set the ball out.

At minute 30, Vadillo collected the ball at the right corner of the area and his curved shot was blocked by Dani Giménez. The Andalusians started to look dangerous as they were finding Vadillo and Ramos, but Depor were also looking dangerous in the counterattack, mainly when Cartabia and Edu Expósito were involved.

The problem for Depor was that the rest of the team was disconnected. Borja Valle never bet his mark on the left and was making bad decisions in one-on-one plays, while Quique González was looking as erratic as in previous games. David Simón also failed in a couple of passes that exposed the defence, luckily for the Galicians Granada CF lacked aim to end the plays properly.

The first half ended with a polemic call as Pablo Mari scored a disallowed goal in a lateral free-kick of Fede Cartabia, the centre-back headed the ball at the far post and it wasn’t clear why the referee didn’t allow it.

Deportivo scored a goal after a local error and later suffered in isolated plays. The attention was more focused in the local desperation and the rain of cards that was saw within the final ten minutes.

The second part started with a lateral free-kick for Depor, Cartabia sent the cross and Pablo Mari headed the ball out (46’). The centre-back was connecting all the balls in the free-kicks, apart from the disallowed goal, he had two other opportunities, but he missed the target in both plays.

And then Deportivo scored in a big error by Granada CF.  José Martínez tried to clear the ball inside the area, but instead hit the body of Cartabia and Quique González was there to rifle a low shot past Rui Silva.

Granada CF were in shock and Deportivo had a good chance at minute 52, a cross from the left ended in the boots of the Edu Expósito, and his low shot passed close to the far post. Four minutes later, a good play by Cartabia on the left ended with a cross that Quique González headed into the path of Rui Silva

The first substitution for Depor was the entry of Nahuel Leiva for Cartabia. It was a move in order to protect the fitness of the Argentine playmaker, he was one f the two best players for the Galicians (Edu Expósito was the other), but Natxo was already thinking of the next games.  Especially since the team was needing to replace other players that were lost like Borja Valle and Pedro Mosquera

Granada CF were desperate, but they were only creating danger through Pozo. Depor tried to reduce the pace for the final twenty minutes, they were well placed and started to look passive, but always controlling the game. Still, the visiting side were having some opportunities to score. At minute 75, Borja Valle collected the ball at midfield and his shot went wide.

The second substitution at Depor was the entry of Didier Moreno for Mosquera. Then Granada CF scored a goal that was disallowed and all hell break loose. Puertas collected a cross from the left and pushed the ball in with the hand (79’). Despite it was clear, nobody at Los Cármenes liked it, and it just unleashed the most bitter behavior from the local team.

Because within the last ten minutes every play became a protest and there were seven yellow cards and two expulsions. One assistant and substitute Aarón Escandell were sent off at Granada CF for protesting, while Depor suffered the expulsion of Yvan Castillo (for throwing a ball into the pitch) and Nahuel, the latter at the last minute after responding to an aggression. The Galicians protested, because only a couple of minutes before Quni only saw a yellow card after an aggression over Pablo Mari.

In the end Depor suffered more for the narrow score than for the opportunities for Granada CF, the only clear chance for the Andalusians in this frame was a poor clearance of Álex inside the area that substitute Rodri connected on target and Dani Giménez made the save (85’). One minute later Somma replaced Borja Valle and Depor ended the game playing with a line of five defenders.

Big win for Deportivo, the Galicians played a solid game in defence and seized a big error of Granada CF. Cartabia and Edu Expósito were the best players for Los Blanquiazules. Later it was only a matter of holding on against the anger from the Andalusian team.

The result allows Depor to keep fighting for direct promotion. The next game is the visit of Gimnástic Tarragona to the Riazor (Saturday, 16h00 CET). Nahuel and Domingos Duarte are suspended for the game the latter saw the fifth yellow card of the season.

Granada: (4-2-3-1) Rui Silva – Víctor Díaz, Germán Sánchez, José Martínez, Quini – San Emeterio, Montoro – Vadillo (Puertas 64’), Fede Vico (Ojeda 78’), Pozo – Adrián Ramos (Rodri 54’)
Deportivo: (4-2-3-1) Dani Giménez – David Simón, Domingos Duarte, Pablo Mari, Caballo – Álex Bergantiños, Pedro Mosquera (Didier Moreno 79’) – Cartabia (Nahuel 65’), Edu Expósito, Borja Valle (Somma 86’) - Quique González.
Goal: 0-1: (48’) Quique González
Referee: Valentín Pizarro Gómez. He showed yellow card to David Simón (17’), Montoro (67’), Puertas (80’), Rodri (80’), Adrián Ramos (83’), Didier Moreno (83’), Caballo (89’), Domingos Duarte (90+2’) & Quni (90+2’). Aarón Escandell (81’) & Nahuel (90+4’) were sent off with direct red cards.
Venue: Nuevo Los Cármenes
Other statistics: Ball possession (53% - 47%); Attempts to score (5 – 6); Total shots (11 - 8); Shots on target (3 - 2); Saves by the keepers (1 - 3); Corner-kicks (3 - 3); Offsides (2 - 2); Fouls committed (13- 14); Passing accuracy (83% - 83%)



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