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11 Mar 2019
First defeat at home for a crippled Deportivo that never knew how to break a soft rival defending the set-pieces. A real crisis as the team is now far from the first two places.

Nahuel Leiva was the main novelty at the starting formation of coach Natxo González. The roster was released until Sunday and it called the attention that Álex Bergantiños was out, the coach returned into the 4-3-1-2 scheme.

Dani Giménez was the starting goalie, Eneko Bóveda covered the right side in defence, Diego Caballo played on the left, the central positions were for Pablo Mari and Domingos Duarte. The trio at midfield was composed by Pedro Mosquera, Vicente Gómez and Edu Expósito. Then, in attack, Pedro Sánchez was playing behind Quique González and Nahuel.

Pepe Mel was debuting with UD Las Palmas, ex-Depor Momo was a starter leaving Fidel Chaves on the bench. Another ex-Depor man, Rubén Castro, was leading the attack alongside Sergio Araujo.

Deportivo continue to be a depressed team, it suffered at the start and later it improved, but the lack of offensive ideas is a big problem for a team that wants the promotion. The Galicians only created two chances in the half, and both in lateral free-kicks.

The game started with a UD Las Palmas putting a high pressure and pushing in attack, but it was Depor the side having the first chance to score. It was a lateral free-kick with Pedro Sanchez releasing a cross that Domingos Duarte headed on target, visiting keeper Raúl Fernández made the save and in the loose ball Nahuel fell into the ground, no penalty was given (7’).

The game was attractive at this point, because UD Las Palmas were aggressive through Araujo and Rubén Castro, while Depor also tried to attack. The first chance for the Canarians was a shot of Ruiz de Galarreta that passed close to the crossbar (23’).

Depor were looking too thick, they had long ball possessions, but zero depth. UD Las Palmas were feeling comfortable holding back and trying to surprise with fast plays. At minute 28, Araujo found the ball in a secondary play to a corner-kick, and his attempt went wide.

The locals were only looking dangerous in set-pieces, the Canarians have big problems defending these kinds of plays and this was demonstrated at minute 34, a lateral free-kick of Pedro Sánchez found two players alone inside the box, but Raúl Fernández arrived first and punched the ball out.

Depor were much better within the last ten minutes in the half, but they continued having the same problem of been unable to create chances in normal plays. Their only attempt was a shot of Pedro Sánchez from the edge of the area that went over the crossbar (43’).


Promising start in the half, but everything fell apart within the last ten minutes. A rival that seemed tired became the clear dominant force and Depor ended with ten players and conceding a goal that cost the first defeat at home.

Deportivo started better in the second part, their first chance was a penetration of Nahuel on the left that ended with a shot of Vicente Gómez that was defected to corner-kick (47’). The Canarians were suffocated at their side of the pitch, but the minutes were passing and Depor weren’t creating opportunities.

The first approximation for UD Las Palmas in the half was a high cross from the left that Rubén Castro headed out (59’). Depor responded with a low shot of Nahuel blocked by Raúl Fernández (61’).

At minute 64, Lemos found the ball at the edge of the area and his low shot was blocked by Dani Gimenez. The first substitution at Depor was the entry of Cartabia for Nahuel. The second substitution at Depor was the entry of Borja Valle for Pedro Sánchez, then Christian Santos replaced Mosquera.

The fans were expecting a reaction, but it was the opposite as everything fell apart within the last ten minutes. Suddenly, UD Las Palmas, a team that seemed tired, started to attack and Depor were reduced to ten men after a tackle of Edu Expósito over substitute Maikel Mesa.

Timor had a chance to score in the resulting free-kick (83’), and the goal arrived two minutes later. The same Timor assisted Aythami Artiles and the ex-Depor scored with a shot from the edge of the area that hit the post and later went in. Depor tried to react, but the team was crippled and didn’t have any chance to score.

The worst game of Deportivo on the season, a team that was desperate since minute 1 and that only created three chances to score. To make things worse the team conceded a late goal and lost the undefeated condition against a rival that’s now trying to revive.

Depor are now far from the first two places, actually, the Galicians are closer to leave the first six places now. There’s no game on next weekend as it was the moment to face FC Reus. The Galicians return to play until Friday, March 22 hosting UD Almeria. Caballo and Edu Expósito will miss the game due to suspension.

Deportivo: (4-3-1-2) Dani Giménez – Bóveda, Domingos Duarte, Pablo Mari, Caballo – Edu Expósito, Mosquera (Christian Santos 80’), Vicente Gómez – Pedro Sánchez (Borja Valle 73’) – Nahuel (Cartabia 67’), Quique González.
La Palmas: (4-4-2) Raúl Fernández - Álvaro Lemos, David García, Aythami, De la Bella – Momo (Fidel 75’), Ruiz de Galarreta, Timor, Blum (Curbelo 55’) – Araujo (Mikel Mesa 69’), Rubén Castro.
Goal: 0-1: (86’) Aythami
Referee: Oliver De La Fuente Ramos. He showed yellow card to Pablo Mari (24’), Pedro Sánchez (55’), Ruiz de Galarreta (75’), Caballo (80’), Curbelo (81’) & Fidel (89’). Edu Expósito was sent off with a direct red card (83’)
Venue: Riazor (16,244)
Other statistics: Ball possession (55% - 45%); Attempts to score (3 – 4); Total shots (8 - 15); Shots on target (2 - 6); Saves by the keepers (5 - 2); Corner-kicks (5 - 5); Offsides (0 - 1); Fouls committed (11- 20); Passing accuracy (83% - 82%)



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