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REVIEW: DEPORTIVO 0 – ALMERIA 0 (LIGA)

07 Oct 2019
Deportivo were the best team on the pitch, but it was unable to score. UD Almeria were a big disappointment, the worst team that passed though the Riazor so far and still they earned a point.

BEFORE THE GAME
Coach Juan Antonio Anquela presented the expected 4-2-3-1 formation, with Peru Nolaskoain performing at the centre of the defence and with Gaku Shibasaki and Borja Valle returning into the starting formation.

Dani Giménez was the goalkeeper, Eneko Bóveda covered the right side in defence, the left flank was for Salva Ruiz, Javi Montero joined Nolaskoain at the central positions. Álex Bergantiños and Gaku were the centre midfielders, Víctor Mollejo attacked from the right wing, Borja Valle did it from the left, Ager Aketxe was the playmaker and Samuele Longo was the centre forward.

At UD Almeria, coach Pedro Emanuel presented several novelties at the starting formation, the main one was that Sekou Gassama was benched, so Juan Muñoz was the centre forward. Carlos Lazo, Valentín Vada Jonathan Silva were the other references in attack. Arvin Appiah, the most expensive signing at Segunda, was also a starter.

Before the kick-off, there were protests outside the stadium. The Riazor Blues and the Federation of Peñas organized a protest in which there were chants against the board of directors and sporting director Carmelo del Pozo.

FIRST HALF
Good first half by Deportivo, the reason was that UD Almeria were too passive and ineffective passing the ball, so the locals had the initiative, the ball possession and some opportunities, but the Galicians missed fresh ideas to break the visiting defense.

The game started with Depor having the ball, but without any direction. The ball possessions at both sides were ending in long throws and neither UD Almeria were proposing anything. The first approximation of Depor was an assist of Aketxe to Borja Valle, but the striker was unable to complete the shot (5’).

The scrip was clear: UD Almeria didn’t put any pressure up front and it allowed Depor to breath and construct the plays from the back, for this reason the Galician outfit looked better than in previous first halves. The locals were just missing how to break the last line of defenders.

Depor’s first shot on target came at minute 16, Borja Valle collected the ball outside the area and his low shot was blocked by visiting goalie René Hinojo. The Galicians continued ruling on the field against an erratic UD Almeria.

And it’s that UD Almeria were only relying on the speed of Appiah, their first approximation came in one of his penetrations on the left Vada was close to score, but he was offside.  The next chance for Depor was a header of Borja Valle that missed the target (27’).

At minute 32, Aketxe had a chance in a direct free-kick, but his shot was blocked by René.  Five minutes later the Basque playmaker had a new chance in a direct free-kick, this time René had to clear the ball to corner-kick.

The pace was low within the final minutes, Deportivo was too slow in attack, though the locals tried until the end. At minute 42, Borja Valle attempted a drilling shot from the edge of the area, the ball was deflected by a rival and ended in the arms of René.

SECOND HALF
Depor were much better in the second part, it had the best opportunities and failed miserably against a rival that was too passive and that was always content with a point. Even with ten men the Galicians were closer to win.

The final part started with Depor having the same impulse and also with an apathetic UD Almeria. The first chance in the half was for UD Almeria, Peru Nolaskoain failed a pass at midfield and it unleashed the counterattack for the visiting side, but the shot of Juan Muñoz was blocked and later the attempt of Jonathan Silva went out (51’).

Depor started to look like an imprecise team, this for the missed passes, the bad pass of Nolaskoain was followed by mismatches by Gaku and Álex Bergantiños that gave the option of a counterattack to UD Almería.

UD Almeria were close to score at minute 70, it was a counterattack in which the shot of Juan Muñoz hit the post. Depor responded with Gaku firing a shot that went over the crossbar (73’). Christian Santos was the first substitution as he replaced Longo.

Depor started to press in attack, but it continued to have problems to create scoring chances. At minute 70, a cross of Bóveda was deflected by René before reaching the path of Christian Santos.

The locals insisted within the final fifteen minutes, at minute 76, Depor had a double chance in a corner-kick. The first attempt of Borja Valle was deflected by René, the loose ball was connected by Aketxe and the keeper caught the ball.

Depor had fourth straight corner-kicks starting at minute 78, the most dangerous one was the third and ended with a strong shot of Aketxe that was deflected by a defender and that went close to the near post. Then Javi Montero was sent off with a direct red card after hitting a rival in the fourth corner for Deportivo, this action needed a VAR revision.

The game became wide open within the final five minutes and the seven of added time. UD Almeria could have scored twice, first in a counterattack in which substitute Ante Ćorić sent the ball out (88’), and later Juan Muñoz missed the target after an error of Bóveda in the output of the ball (90+7’).

But Depor looked better, even with one less player. Anquela made late changes and Borja Galán and Vicente Gómez replaced Gaku and Borja Valle. The last big chance for the Galicians was a direct free-kick of Aketxe, the ball hit the head of a defender and then René made the deflection (90+2’).

AFTER THE GAME
A passive UD Almeria gave too much room at midfield and Deportivo breath, but the Galicians were unable to score despite dominating the game. Even when the team was reduced to ten players the Galicians looked superior, but only added a point.

Depor will remain in relegation. The next game is the visit to UD Las Palmas (Estadio de Gran Canaria, Sunday, 21h00 CET).

MATCH STATISTICS
Deportivo: (4-2-3-1) Dani Giménez – Bóveda, Nolaskoain, Javi Montero, Salva Ruiz – Álex Bergantiños, Gaku (Borja Galán 89’) - Mollejo, Aketxe, Borja Valle (Vicente Gómez 90+6’) – Longo (Christian Santos 66’).
Almería: (4-2-3-1) René - Romera, Petrović, Maraš, Iván Martos – Vada, César de la Hoz (Ante Ćorić 81’) – Appiah, José Carlos Lazo (Corpas 62’), Jonathan Silva (Ozornwafor 66’) – Juan Muñoz.
Referee: Gorka Sagués Oscoz. He showed yellow card to Bóveda (26’), Appiah (32’), Javi Montero (66’), De La Hoz (74’). Javi Montero was sent off with a direct red card (85’)
VAR Official: Rubén Ávalos Barrera. It revised an aggression of Javi Montero that meant a direct red card (85’).
Venue: Riazor (15,722)
Other statistics: Ball possession (66% - 34%); Attempts to score (7 – 4); Total shots (16 - 6); Shots on target (8 - 0); Saves by the keepers (0 - 8); Corner-kicks (12 - 0); Offsides (1 - 1); Fouls committed (16 – 18); Passing accuracy (71% - 57%)

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