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05 Jun 2019
Incredible game for a Deportivo that failed everything, but that reached the playoff zone thanks to the unexpected defeat of Cádiz CF.

Pedro Sánchez was the big novelty at the starting lineup of José Luis Martí. Nahuel was left on the bench and Sánchez was the chosen one to perform on the left wing. Meanwhile Borja Valle was replacing injured Quique González.

Dani Giménez covered the goal, Eneko Bóveda performed at the right side of the defence, the left flank was for Saúl García, while the centre-backs were Domingos Duarte and Pablo Mari. Midfield was territory for Edu Expósito and Álex Bergantiños. Fede Cartabia attacked from the right wing, Pedro Sánchez did it from the left, then Carlos Fernández joined Borja Valle at the centre of the attack.

At Elche CF, coach José Rojo ‘Pacheta’ made changes as there was nothing art stake for his team. José Juan Figueras was the starting goalie, while the delay of two days allowed him to recover centre-back Gonzalo Verdú, who was a starter. The references in attack were Karim Azamoum, Juan Francisco Martínez ‘Nino’ and Carlos Castro

Not the best of the performances for a Deportivo that needed goals, but that wasn’t creating too many opportunities, Edu Expósito had the best ones. The Galicians started the game with a couple of crosses without consequences for local goalie José Juan Figueras.

The visiting side was trying to have the initiative, but had problems controlling the ball and the locals were releasing quick attacks, like the one that ended with a shot of Nino that was deflected to corner-kick (7’).

José Antonio ‘Josan’ Ferrández had the first chance to score in the game, he fired a strong shot from the edge of the area and the ball passed close to the woodwork (9’).  After this opportunity Depor started to look nervous, Los Blanquiazules were losing the ball pretty easily and Elche CF were looking dangerous.

Edu Expósito had the first chance to score for the Galicians, he was assisted by Cartabia and his finals shot went over the crossbar (17’). In the next play Carlos Fernández had a one-on-one action that was cleared to corner-kick.

Edu Expósito should have scored at minute 25, it was a counterattack in which he was assisted by Pedro Sánchez, and his final effort was cleared by José Juan. After the first minutes in which Depor looked lost, the Galicians were now the most dangerous team on the pitch.

In the resulting corner-kick, Borja Vallemissed the target with his header. Meanwhile, Elche CF were still trying from time to time, Josan was their most dangerous player, and his next chance was a shot that missed the target (24’).

The half ended with a nice approximation for Depor, Pedro Sánchez built up the play and assisted Carlos Fernández, who later released a cross that Borja Valle couldn’t connect as it was cleared to corner-kick by a defender (44’). The Galicians reached half-time aware that they weren’t responding, but also knowing that they were sixth as Cádiz CF were trailing against Extremadura UD (0-1).

If Deportivo failed to create chances in the first part, it was totally the opposite in the second. Up to nine chances, including a ball that hit the post and several saves by Juan José, in the end a disappointed goalless draw only saved by the result of Cádiz CF.

The second part started with a good approximation for Depor, again Pedro Sánchez appeared and assisted Cartabia, who never felt comfortable enough to release a shot when he was inside the area, then he assisted Edu Expósito and the midfielder missed the target (47’). Two minutes later Pedro Sánchez collected the ball at the edge of the area and his low shot was an easy catch for Jose Juan.

The game continued to be loose, both sides were finding cracks at the rival’s defence, but there were no clear chances to score. Up to this point the best chances were in the boots of Edu Expósito, but this radically changed as Carlos Fernández started to show up.

The Andalusian attacker wasn’t plugged into the game and Depor noticed it, but at minute 54 he had his first opportunity, it was a counterattack in which he released a low shot from outside the area that was blocked by Jose Juan.

Just two minutes later Carlos Fernández had a new chance, this time heading a cross of Cartabia that was blocked by José Juan. Clearer was the next chance as Edu Expósito assisted Carlos and against the local goalie made the save (57’). In the resulting corner-kick Domingos Duarte headed the ball close to the post. In a matter of three minutes, Fernández already had three chances and Deportivo were deserving more than a goalless draw.

And the show continued with Depor having a triple chance, Elche CF conceded a corner-kick and the Galicians were close to net the first goal. Carlos Fernández headed the cross of Pedro Sánchez and the ball hit the post, then Cartabia released shot blocked by Verdú at the goal line and the final attempt of Bóveda went out (62’).

Martí ordered the first substitution and Nahuel replaced Borja Valle. A modification that didn’t help the team as the winger continues with his previous erratic performances. Elche CF were still in the game, but barely as it was hold by their keeper. They never completed a shot on target in the game.

Depor lost the impulse within the final fifteen minutes, Vicente Gómez replaced Álex and Christian Santos did the same with Cartabia.  Before going out, the Argentine had a chance to score after been assisted by Pedro Sánchez, and again the ball was saved at the goal line by the keeper.

Christian Santos should have scored at minute 87, he was assisted by Pedro Sánchez and tried to elude Jose Juan, only to see his shot saved at the goal line and later Sánchez sent the ball out after collecting the loose ball. And the game ended with a new wasted chance by Carlos Fernández, this time heading out a cross from Saúl (90+1’)

Deportivo had enough chances not only to win the game, but to conquer a big score, but it wasted all the opportunities. After a first half in which it had problems to step into the area, it turned to be a hurricane in the second half and only the post and the saves of Jose Juan prevented to add the three points.

The result is disappointing, but the defeat of Cádiz CF hosting Extremadura UD (0-1) meant pure gold, because both sides were tied at the standings and Depor are now sixth. The Galicians now only need to defeat Córdoba CF at the Riazor to qualify to the playoff (Saturday, 20h30 CET).

Elche: (4-2-3-1) José Juan – Álex González, Gonzalo Verdú, Dani Calvo, Manu – Javi Sánchez (Nacho Ramón 71’), Josan - Iván Sánchez, Nino (Nacho Gil 77’), Azamoum  - Carlos Castro (Xavi Castro 56’).
Deportivo: (4-4-2) Dani Giménez – Bóveda, Domingos Duarte, Pablo Mari, Saúl – Cartabia (Christian Santos 82’), Álex Bergantiños (Vicente Gómez 78’), Edu Expósito, Pedro Sánchez – Borja Valle (Nahuel 67’), Carlos Fernández.
Referee: Rubén Ávalos Barrera. He showed yellow card to Domingos Duarte (27’), Karim Azamoum (32’), Dani Calvo (34’), Gonzalo Verdú (51’) & Nacho Gil (85’).
Venue: Martínez Valero (5,914)
Other statistics: Ball possession (52% - 48%); Attempts to score (2 – 12); Total shots (9 - 20); Shots on target (0 - 10); Saves by the keepers (10 - 0); Corner-kicks (5 - 11); Offsides (0 - 1); Fouls committed (13 - 15); Passing accuracy (85% - 89%)



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