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14 Apr 2019
New boss, same result. Deportivo played a good half and didn’t deserve to be trailing at half-time, but later it didn’t do anything to deserve the tie after a bad second part.

José Luis Martí was debuting at Deportivo using the ‘old’ scheme of three centre midfielders, one playmaker and two attackers. Pedro Mosquera went directly into the starting formation after been on the stands against Rayo Majadahonda.

Dani Giménez was the starting keeper, Eneko Bóveda covered the right side in defence, Diego Caballo performed on the left, the centre-backs were Domingos Duarte and Pablo Mari. Álex Bergantiños and Edu Expósito joined Mosquera at midfield, then Pedro Sánchez was playing behind Quique González and Christian Santos.

At CA Osasuna, Jagoba Arrasate presented the expected formation. Rubén García, Kike Barja and Juan Villar were the references in attack, while Xisco started on the bench. Around 1,000 Depor’s fans made the trip for the game.

Not a bad half by Depor, the Galicians played well, but the state of grace of CA Osasuna is so impressive that they only needed two chances to claim the lead. And it’s that the game had an explosive start by Depor, only second after the kick-off, Christian Santos picked the ball at the edge of the area and his strong shot was deflected to corner-kick by Rubén Martínez.  Immediately the locals claimed the ball possession and tried to display their game based in dominating the rival.

But Deportivo were responding well, and it was the side having the opportunities. At minute 6, Edu Expósito fired from the edge of the area and the ball went wide. By minute 10 the Galicians had already completed three shots and that third shot was the goal of Quique González.

Álex Bergantiños got the ball at the edge of the area and drilled a pass into the box, Quique González was there to gently touch the ball under ex-Depor keeper Rubén. The visitors were looking better, but a distraction cost the equalizer.

A long ball from the back by Clerc after Quique was tying to enter the area ended with Rubén García alone against Dani Giménez, and he scored with a volley. It was only their first chance in the game, but Deportivo continued looking better, been less vertical, but having more depth and arrivals.
Still, Osasuna were going to claim the lead in their second chance in the game, Pablo Mari committed a foul at the edge of the area, and in the resulting free-kick Rubén García scored with a perfect shot, though there was confusion as the referee disallowed the goal first for unknown reasons.

Later Depor lost control of the ball, Osasuna pressed and started to look more dangerous, though without having a clear opportunity. The Galicians tried to unleash a counterattack and had a couple of approximations, but without completing a shot.

Like it happened in the first part, the actions started with a chance for Christian Santos. It was a combination with Quique González that ended with a shot deflected to corner-kick (46’). The game continued with the same path when the score was tied: both sides were trying to attack with Depor looking brighter.

But with the passage of the minutes, Depor started to show cracks at defence and lost that light in attack. So, Martí ordered the first substitution. Borja Valle replaced Christian Santos. The change didn’t work, because the Galicians weren’t having arrivals and Osasuna were having a placid game.

The second change was the entry of Nahuel for Álex Bergantiños, the modification switched the draw into a 4-2-3-1 and tried to bring depth on the sides. It neither worked, because Depor weren’t having opportunities and as Nahuel was disastrous each time he had the ball

By the last stretch in the half the game was boring, CA Osasuna looked better but didn’t press harder as they were content with the narrow advantage. Meanwhile, Deportivo was a dead team. The freshness of the fist part was gone and the picture was the same impotence saw with Natxo González.

Didier Moreno replaced Pedro Sánchez and the only opportunity for Depor within the last half an hour was a cross of Pedro Sánchez that Borja Valle headed out (72’). In the end the Galicians didn’t complete shots on target in the final part.

New coach but same outcome. Deportivo started well, to the point of been winning at the stadium of the leader, but reached half-time in disadvantage despite not deserving it. The worst part is that the team didn’t react in the second half, it was an impotent team unable to complete shots and the game tuned to be more that pleasant for the locals.
Deportivo have now lost two straight games for the first time on the season. The Galician team could end the matchday out of the playoff zone. The next game is the visit of Extremadura UD to the Riazor (Sunday, 16h00 CET).

Osasuna: (4-2-3-1) Rubén Martínez - Nacho Vidal, Aridane Hernández, Unai García, Clerc –Oier, Roberto Torres - Rober Ibañez, Rubén García (Lillo 86’), Kike Barja (Luis Perea 64’) – Juan Villar (Brandon 64’).
Deportivo: (4-3-1-2) Dani Giménez – Bóveda, Domingos Duarte, Pablo Mari, Caballo – Álex Bergantiños (Nahuel 68’), Mosquera, Edu Expósito – Pedro Sánchez (Didier Moreno 81’) - Christian Santos (Borja Valle 61’), Quique González.
Goals: 0-1: (9’) Quique González, 1-1: (13’) Rubén García, 2-1: (31’) Rubén García
Referee: Jorge Figueroa Vázquez. He showed yellow card to Pablo Mari (29’), Christian Santos (42’), Rubén García (68’), Rubén Martínez (80’), Domingos Duarte (81’) & Robert Ibáñez (86’)
Venue: Reyno de Navarra (16,383)
Other statistics: Ball possession (41% - 59%); Attempts to score (3 – 3); Total shots (5 - 7); Shots on target (4 - 2); Saves by the keepers (1 - 2); Corner-kicks (5 - 2); Offsides (1 - 1); Fouls committed (15- 15); Passing accuracy (82% - 84%)



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