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09 Dec 2019
Two good starts in both halves weren’t enough for a Deportivo that lost again. The safety is now eight points away.

Coach Luis César Sampedro presented the expected lineup for the game. It was the same team that faced CD Lugo the week before, the novelty was the presence of Víctor Mollejo at the centre of the attack, while Ager Aketxe was attached to the right wing.

Dani Giménez was the goalkeeper, Mujaid Sadick covered the right side in defence, the left flank was for Luis Ruiz. The central positions were covered by Vassilios Lampropoulos and Michelle Somma. The trio at midfield was composed by Álex Bergantiños, Peru Nolaskoain and Vicente Gómez. Then, Mamadou Koné joined Aketxe and Mollejo in attack.

At Real Zaragoza, coach Víctor Fernández opted in playing with Javi Ros and James Igbekeme at midfield. The references in attack were Alberto Soro and Luis Javier Suárez.

It was a promising start with the usual ending, Deportivo showed some good stuff within the first twenty minutes, but later fell down before a much effective rival and the so praised “solid” defence ended conceding two goals before half-time.

The game started with a direct free-kick for Depor that Aketxe wasted as his shot from the edge of the area hit the wall (3’). Real Zaragoza responded with the same medicine as Íñigo Eguaras collected the ball in a free-kick and his shot was deflected by Dani Giménez (5’).

The next approximation of Depor was a cross of Mujaid that Luis Ruiz sent wide (8’). The game was open at the start as both teams were attempting quick transitions. Mollejo started at the centre of the attack, but as Luis César said before the game, he was exchanging the position with Koné and Aketxe.

At minute 15, Alberto Soro found the ball at the edge of the area and his shot was an easy catch for Dani Giménez. Two minutes, visiting goalie Álvaro Ratón dribbled Mollejo inside the area and was about to lose the ball against Koné, but he was able to clear the ball, though the crowd protested for a penalty as the keeper hit the Ivorian attacker in the process.

Depor were finding cracks at Zaragoza’s defence, but their counterattacks were ending in nothing because the player running with the ball was usually alone and forced to attempt risky plays. The first clear chance to score for Depor came at minute 22, Álex fired a low shot that was blocked by Ratón.

Then Real Zaragoza started to press and the game changed. At minute 27, a distraction of Vicente allowed Luis Suárez to run towards the goal and his low shot hit the near post of Dani Giménez.  Four minutes later Javi Ros collected the ball at the edge of the area and his low shot was saved by Dani Giménez.

And the harassment was worth a goal for Real Zaragoza. It was a corner-kick in which Alberto Guitián connected a downward header. The goal broke the short streak of two straight games without conceding goals.

And there was room for a second goal before the break. Javi Ros released a high cross from the left and both centre-backs lasted too much in marking Javi Puado, who scored with a downward header going into the far post of Dani Giménez. At this point the superiority of Los Maños was evident.

Again Deportivo had a good start and again it wasn’t enough. Truly the team broke the lack of goals, but later Los Blanquiazules fell down and only Dani Giménez kept the team in the fight until Luis César defined the game.

The final part started with a double change, Beto da Silva and Borja Valle entered for Aketxe and Koné. The Galicians started the second half pushing in attack, and the effort was rewarded with a goal.

Beto da Silva received a pass when he was at the edge of he area and backwards the goal, and he made a great pass drilling the ball into the path of Borja Valle, who dribbled Ratón to end scoring through a low shot.

The goal changed the mood at the stadium and the equalizer could have arrived at minute 52, but this time Ratón arrived before Borja Valle after a long pass by Álex Bergantiños. Zaragoza started to make defensive changes and the intensity of the game decreased.

The final change at Depor was the entry of Longo for Mollejo. The 18-year-old winger was erratic in this game and Luis César decided to add more gunpowder, but as it happened before the Italian was a ghost on the pitch.

And then there was a polemic penalty for Zaragoza, Lampropoulos was fighting for the ball with Luis César and both men fell at the left side of the area, the referee whistled the penalty (64’). And Depor stayed in the game as Dani Giménez made a great save saving the low shot of Luis Suárez

The game had changed with the entry of Beto da Silva and the Peruvian had the next chance to score after heading a cross of Peru and the ball went out (70’). The game was open until the end; the locals had lost the impulse of the first minutes and Real Zaragoza had some chances, like the shot of Luis Suárez saved by Dani Giménez (73’), but Depor were still insisting. At minute 75, Borja Valle headed the ball on target after a cross of Vicente and Ratón made the save.

It seemed that Depor were going to have the chance to rescue a point until the end, but Zaragoza ended the game early as Luis Suárez scored. It was a long possession for the visiting side that ended with Javi Puado drilled the ball into the path of Luis Suárez, and later the Colombian dribbled , Lampropoulos and scored past Dani Giménez. Nothing happened within the final ten minutes and the crowd chanted against the board of directors and the team.

The praised defence of Deportivo was broken by the effectiveness of Real Zaragoza, side that was much better defining the plays. Beto da Silva changed the game in the second half, but it wasn’t enough to rescue something.

Depor have now spent 18 games without winning, their worst streak ever. And to make things worse the results of other games are leaving the Galicians 8 points behind safety. The next game is the visit to SD Ponferradina (Saturday, 18h00 CET).

Deportivo: (4-3-3) Dani Giménez – Mujaid, Lampropoulos, Somma, Luis Ruiz – Nolaskoain, Álex Bergantiños, Vicente Gómez – Aketxe (Beto da Silva 46’), Mollejo (Longo 63’), Koné (Borja Valle 46’).
Zaragoza: (4-4-2) Álvaro Ratón – Delmas, Guitian, Clemente, Carlos Nieto – James Igbekeme (Lasure 54’), Javi Ros Eguaras, Javi Puado (Kagawa 82’) – Soro, Luis Suárez (Linares 87’).
Goals: 0-1: (32’) Guitián, 0-2: (39’) Puado, 1-2: (48’) Borja Valle, 1-3: (79’) Luis Suárez
Referee: Iosu Galech Apezteguía. He showed yellow card to Vicente Gómez (6’), Luis Suárez (72’) & Kagawa (83’)
VAR Official: Rubén Ávalos Barrera. Checked a penalty for Zaragoza that was awarded (64’)
Venue: Riazor (13,604)
Other statistics: Ball possession (50% - 50%); Attempts to score (6 – 9); Total shots (14 - 18); Shots on target (6 - 10); Saves by the keepers (7 – 5); Corner-kicks (3 - 9); Offsides (4 - 0); Fouls committed (14 – 15); Passing accuracy (68% - 67%)



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