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13 Jun 2019
Crazy game with the best Deportivo showing up in the second half. The Galicians came back from a 1-2 and take advantage in the tie.

Pablo Mari was left out of the game due to an adductor muscle problem, so Michelle Somma was a starter at the centre of the defence. David Simón returned to the right side at the back zone, while Quique González started again on the bench leaving a lot for Borja Valle.

The draw was a 4-4-2; Dani Giménez covered the goal, the right side in defence was for David Simón, Saúl performed on the left, Domingos Duarte joined Somma at the central positions. Álex Bergantiños and Edu Expósito covered midfield territory. Fede Cartabia attacked from the right wing, Pedro Sánchez did it from the left, then Carlos Fernández and Borja Valle were the centre forwards.

Víctor Sánchez Del Amo returned to the Riazor with Málaga CF and a 4-1-4-1 formation.  The novelty was to see Luis Hernández performing at the centre of the defence. Renato Santos, Adrián González, Javier Ontiveiros and Blanco Leschuk were the references in attack.

Deportivo were surprised by a strong Málaga CF that controlled the actions since the start of the meeting, the locals were able to react once, but they ended the half in the downturn after the great goal of Ontiveiros

The game started with a nervous Depor that was overcame by a Málaga CF that was having the ball. The Andalusians had things under control and had a couple of dangerous crosses that didn’t end in a shot on target.

The first approximation of Depor was a move of Cartabia that ended in a corner-kick (11’), this action was followed by other two corners without consequences.   The first chance for Depor was a combination between Carlos Fernández, Cartabia and Pedro Sánchez that ended with a wide shot of Borja Valle (16’).

Deportivo seemed to be reacting, but then Málaga CF scored. Ontiveiros made the play after a lateral free-kick and his cross was found by Luis Hernández, who scored through a downward header. In this stage, an away goal is pure gold, but Deportivo had an immediate reaction, David Simón was entering the area in a quick action and was fouled by Ricca. The referee whistled the penalty and Carlos Fernández didn’t miss from the spot.

And then the game became wide open. A polemic call came at minute 29, Cartabia was running towards the goal after a corner-kick of Málaga CF and was fouled by Keide Bare, the public and the coaching staff protested that the action should have been punished with the expulsion, but it only meant a yellow card to the midfielder.

The locals should have scored at minute 35, David Simón released a cross from the right and Pedro Sánchez collected it at the far post and sent the ball out. And only minute later the Andalusians scored the second goal. Adrián González assisted Ontiveiros at the edge of the area and the winger, without facing any pressure, released an impressive rocket past Dani Giménez. This time there was no reaction as the Galicians lacked to control the ball within the final ten minutes.

Radical change in the second part, Depor simply demolished a Málaga CF that was surprised as it lost the ball possession. The Galicians scored three goals and the visiting side only reacted in isolated plays of Ontiveiros and a final attempt of Blanco Leschuk.

Deportivo started the second part hurried, knowing that it wasn’t good to concede twice in the first half, so the locals started pushing and earning a corner-kick that Borja Valle wasted (46’). The Galicians were having the ball and Málaga CF decided to play on long throws.

The Galicians started to harass a Málaga CF that was too delayed on the field and only waiting to release counterattacks with Ontiveiros. The Galicians were totally superior, but they were showing problems to enter the area.  At minute 53, Cartabia missed the target firing from the edge of the area.

And then Depor found the aim and the deserved equalizer. Cartabia made the play on the left and his cross was connected by Pedro Sánchez, who scored with a shot that visiting goalie Munir Mohamedi couldn’t contain.

Deportivo continued insisting and Cartabia missed the target firing from the edge of the area (59’). Málaga CF’s first chance in the second half was a direct free-kick of Ontiveiros that hit the post (61’). It was a reminder that the Andalusians were dangerous in any action, but their problem is that the winger was the only one trying.

And then Deportivo scored the third goal, Cartabia stole the ball inside the area and managed to release a cross that passed over Munir and Carlos Fernández was at the right place to head the ball home.

The tide had changed and Málaga CF made a double substitution and Martí tried to add speed with the entry of Nahuel for Pedro Sánchez.  And Depor continued with the party, in a quick transition defence-attack, Cartabia assisted Edu Expósito, who later assisted Borja Valle and the striker scored the fourth goal with a shot into the near post of Munir. The locals have made an incredible turnaround and it only needed four shots on target.

Marti started to rest some men, Caballo replaced Cartabia, while Vicente Gómez did the same with Borja Valle. Depor were still trying to attack, and Málaga too, but it was all on the shoulders of Ontiveiros; actually the only opportunity in which the winger wasn’t present was in the corner-kick at the last minute in which Blanco Leschuk met Dani Giménez (90+4’).

It was a crazy match, with Deportivo showing its best face of the season in the second part. Málaga CF were superior in the first part and the 1-2 in the scoresheet even looked as too little, but the Galicians were a hurricane in the final half and demolished a rival that was reduced to nothing after losing the ball possession.

Deportivo will now travel to La Rosaleda in order to face the second leg. The match takes place on Saturday (21h00 CET). The Galicians will pass to the final round with a draw or even by losing the game by a goal of difference.

Deportivo: (4-4-2) Dani Giménez – David Simón, Domingos Duarte, Somma, Saúl – Cartabia (Caballo 80’), Álex Bergantiños, Edu Expósito, Pedro Sánchez (Nahuel 68’) – Borja Valle (Vicente Gómez 84’), Carlos Fernández.
Malaga: (4-1-4-1) Munir – Iván Rodriguez, Luis Hernández, Pau Torres (Diego González 82’), Ricca – Keide Bare – Renato, Adrián González (Pacheco 65’), Boulahroud (Erik Morán 65’), Ontiveiros – Blanco Leschuk.
Goals: 0-1: (18’) Luis Hernández, 1-1: (20’) Carlos Fernández (penalty), 1-2: (36’) Ontiveiros, 2-2: (55’) Pedro Sánchez, 3-2: (62’) Carlos Fernández, 4-2: (77’) Borja Valle
Referee: César Soto Grado. He showed yellow card to Pedro Sánchez (12’), Iván Rodríguez (25’), Bare (29’), Ontiveiros (90+1’)
Venue: Riazor (24,267)
Other statistics: Ball possession (46% - 54%); Attempts to score (6 – 4); Total shots (10 - 12); Shots on target (4 - 3); Saves by the keepers (1 - 0); Corner-kicks (7 - 9); Offsides (3 - 1); Fouls committed (11 - 13); Passing accuracy (87% - 91%)



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