Squad news


01 Apr 2019
Carlos Fernández returned and helped Deportivo to rescue a point, though it isn’t enough as the team is now closer to be kicked out of the playoff than to reach the direct promotion.

Coach Natxo González presented the expected formation for the meeting, it was the return to the diamond figure at midfield and the 4-3-1-2 system, a scheme that included the presence of Carlos Fernández in attack.

Dani Giménez covered the goal, Domingos Duarte played at the right side of the defence, Diego Caballo performed on the left, Michelle Somma and Domingos Duarte were the centre-backs. Didier Moreno, Álex Bergantiños and Vicente Gómez were the centre midfielders; then Pedro Sánchez played behind Quique González and Carlos Fernández.

At Real Oviedo, coach Juan Anquela was playing with a scheme of five defenders, Juan Forlin was a starter at the centre, Oviedo B Jimmy Suárez was playing at midfield due to the casualties, the trident in attack was composed by Saúl Berjón, Yoel Bárcenas and Joselu Moreno. At least 3,000 Depor’s fans made the trip to Asturias for the match.

Disappointing first part for Deportivo, the team failed in its best department -the defence- and later was unable to create scoring opportunities despite having the ball. Oviedo scored and was happy holding on and releasing counterattacks.

The game was balanced since the start, Depor were feeling comfortable having the ball, because Real Oviedo left them to have control of the actions, and later because the presence of Carlos Fernández was activating Quique González.

But the first chance to score was for Real Oviedo and it was goal, and it was a big error of Dani Giménez after a blocked attempt of Joselu, Somma cleared the ball  and the keeper should have tried to catch the volley, but reacted late and Yoel Bárcenas only needed to head the ball home.

The goal didn’t change the script, because Deportivo were still having the ball. Oviedo were playing on the counterattack and was close to score the second goal in a play in which Saúl Berjón assisted Folch, who missed the target at the far post (17’).  Depor’s first approximation was a cross of Quique González that Carlos Fernández missed by inches.

Depor were finding the ball, but later were unable to create scoring chances. Vicente was missing passes and Didier Moreno seemed lost on the pitch. Meanwhile, the locals were attacking by the side defended by David Simón and were finding big cracks as Moreno was also failing to provide aids.

The first chance for Deportivo came at minute 27, Quique González fired from the edge of the area and local goalie Nereo Champagne cleared the ball to corner-kick. The Galicians continued having problems to create something, their next approximation came ten minutes later after David Simón fired from the right side of the area and Carlos Fernández

Deportivo improved in the second part, because of the modifications and because Carlos Fernández started to have a bigger impact on the pitch. Oviedo only reacted when the equalizer arrived, then the game became entertaining.

The second part started with a free-kick chance for both teams, the most dangerous one was the shot of Carlos Fernández that was blocked by Champagne (47’). Two minutes later the same Carlos Fernández released a cross from the left that Didier Moreno couldn’t connect inside the box.

Carlos Fernández was marking the differences each time he was touching the ball, and it was him who created the play of the equalizer. It was a transition from defence, Carlos Fernández got the ball in offence and drilled a perfect pass between two defenders, Quique González arrived in time to send the ball into the far post of Champagne.

After the goal, Oviedo tried to make a step forward and claim control of the actions, they even switched the draw into a 4-4-2 with the entry of Ibra Baldé, but Deportivo were looking more dangerous, always thanks to Carlos Fernández. It was then that the game became more open and more entertaining. At minute 62, Carlos Fernández found the ball at the edge of the area and his shot went to corner-kick after hitting the back of a defender.

Then Depor made two substitutions, Cartabia and Vitor Silva entered for Álex Bergantiños and Pedro Sánchez. Once again Cartabia didn’t have a good presentation, because he was making bad decisions. Instead, the entry of Vitor Silva cleared more the ideas in attack.

At minute 71, Vitor Silva could have scored after a corner-kick of Cartabia, but he missed the target firing from the edge of the area.  Borja Valle was the last substitution as he replaced Carlos Fernández, who was already exhausted.

At minute 77, Vicente headed at the far post a high cross coming from the right, the ball hit the ground and Quique González committed a foul when he was about to head the ball in. The last ten minutes saw a more defensive Deportivo as Oviedo pushed hard, their best chance in this frame was a direct free-kick of Saúl Berjón cleared by Dani Giménez (90+1’).

Deserved point for both teams, Oviedo was more passive this time compared to the game of the first round at the Riazor, they found a goal and spent the time defending and releasing counterattacks, and only changed the tactic after Depor’s goal. Carlos Fernández was the best player for a Galician side that continued to miss its best football.

The result might be fair, but it isn’t enough for Deportivo, the Galician team remain four points under direct promotion and now the seventh place is closer, so things are now only more complicated for Natxo González. The next game is the visit of Rayo Majadahonda to the Riazor (Saturday, 16h00 CET)

Oviedo: (5-2-3) Champagne – Mossa (Ibra Baldé 70’), Forlín, Alanís, Bolaño, Carlos Martínez - Jimmy, Folch - Bárcenas Joselu (Toché 83’), Berjón.
Deportivo: (4-3-1-2) Dani Giménez – David Simón, Domingos Duarte, Soma, Caballo – Didier Moreno, Álex Bergantiños (Vitor Silva 66’), Vicente Gómez –Pedro Sánchez (Cartabia 66’) – Carlos Fernández (Borja Valle 75’), Quique González.
Goals: 1-0: (11’) Bárcenas, 1-1: (53) Quique González
Referee: César Soto Grado. He showed yellow card to Mossa (44’), Bolaño (49’), Foulch (57’), Álex Bergantiños (59’) & Champagne (85’)
Venue: Carlos Tartiere
Other statistics: Ball possession (51% - 49%); Attempts to score (4 – 4); Total shots (9 - 10); Shots on target (3 - 3); Saves by the keepers (2 - 2); Corner-kicks (6 - 4); Offsides (1 - 0); Fouls committed (18- 17); Passing accuracy (79% - 82%)



Related news


Related matches

31.03.2019: DLC vs. Real Oviedo

Back to Competition news