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24 Jun 2020
Not a brilliant game, but solid enough to see Deportivo returning to winning ways. Despite the expulsion of Gaku, the Galicians managed the tempos of the game and could have even won with a bigger margin.

Coach Fernando Vázquez decided to return into the system with three centre-backs. Álex Bergantiños was performing as one of the three men performing at the centre of the defence. Another big novelty was to see Borja Valle as a starter.

Dani Giménez was the goalkeeper, Eneko Bóveda covered the right side in defence, the left flank was for Luis Ruiz. Mujaid Sadick and Javi Montero joined Álex at the central positions. Vicente Gómez, Gaku Shibasaki and Uche Agbo composed the trio at midfield, then Borja Valle played behind Sabin Merino in attack.

There were also novelties at Elche CF. Coach Pacheta was also presenting a scheme with three centre-backs. Nino was left on the bench, therefore Brazilian Jonathas Jesus was the centre-forward.

Another flat first part for Deportivo, at least this time the Galicians didn’t concede a goal as in the previous games, but at the same time they didn’t complete any shot and, to make things worse, they suffered the expulsion of Gaku at the middle of the half.

Elche CF had the initiative from the kick-off, though Depor were well placed. The first chance to score was for Elche CF and it came at minute 7, it was a cross from the left that Jonathas found inside the area, but his downward attempt was caught by Dani Giménez (7’). That was going to be the only opportunity to score in this half.

The Galicians were playing in long throws searching for Sabin Merino, they attempted this tactic in a couple of opportunities within the first twenty minutes, but local goalie Edgar Badía was arriving first to clear the ball.

Elche CF were feeling comfortable as Depor were lacking depth in attack, but neither the locals were creating anything as Los Blanquiazules were well positioned. For this reason, the game was boring. And then Depor suffered the expulsion of Gaku Shibasaki, who was sent off with a direct red card for a tough tackle at midfield over Josan.

With ones less player, Deportivo became even more defensive. Elche CF tried to take the initiative, but the only danger they created was an offside goal of Jonathas and a lateral free-kick that was well defended by the visiting side.

The final part was pure sacrifice for Deportivo. The rival pushed, but the defence held the score and later a deadly counterattack gave the advantage. Since that point the game was more balanced and more goals could have arrived.

Pacheta switched the draw into a 4-2-3-1 for the second part, and the locals had more depth since the start. A couple of dangerous crosses gave problems to the defence, the main one was a drilling cross from the left that Jonathas didn’t reach as he was blocked by Mujaid (49’).

The Brazilian had the next chance to score for his side, it was a header after a corner-kick that was blocked by Dani Giménez (52’). Then Fernando Vázquez made the first substitution and David Simón replaced Luis Ruiz. That move gave more depth on the left side, especially within the last minutes.

The first shot in the game for Deportivo came at minute 56, it was a counterattack that ended with a low shot of Borja Valle that went wide (56’). The next two modifications were the entries of Mollejo and Hugo Vallejo for Vicente and Borja Valle. Again the changes brough depth to the team, actually both participated in the second goal.

Iván Sánchez had the best opportunity for Elche, he collected a loose ball at the edge of the area, but his low shot just hit the outside of the net (62’). And then Depor were going to score a goal in its first shot on target.

It was a counterattack after a corner-kick action, Hugo Vallejo collected the ball on the left, he then assisted Bóveda, who released a volley into the left, Sabin Merino was fouled, but Mollejo came from behind to collect the ball and ran until releasing a low cross that Vallejo collected at the box to cross Edgar Badia with ana accurate header.

Elche CF made offensive changes and Aketxe entered for Sabin Merino. Since that moment the game became frantic, exciting and suffered for Depor, because it turned into an exchange of blows in which the game could have ended tied or with a bigger lead for the visiting side.

 At minute 76, a header of Jonathas was brilliantly saved by Dani Giménez, and in the resulting corner-kick, the keeper made a double save.  Then substitute Tekio was sent off with two yellow cards for a challenge over Mollejo.

Depor had played with ones less player for 40 minutes, and things became more equal after the expulsion. At minute 79, Jonathas appeared again and volley the ball over two defenders, Dani Escriche was left alone inside the area, but his shot went over the crossbar.

The last ten minutes were for Depor. The Galicians damaged through the counterattack against an Elche CF that was already tired. At minute 88, a counterattack led by David Simón ended with a strong shot of Hugo Vallejo that was brilliantly saved by Edgar Badía. And in the added time, Uche Agbo, who was the best player in the game, could have scored after another good counterattack, but his shot was blocked when he was at the box.

Deportivo returned to winning ways in a suffered game. Gaku was sent off and the team played with ten men for forty minutes, this time the defence was focused and Hugo Vallejo entered into the filed and transformed one of several dangerous counterattack into the winning goal.

The result will keep Depor outside of the relegation zone, especially after the goalless draw between Málaga CF and CD Lugo. The next game is the visit of SD Ponferradina to the Riazor (Saturday, 17h00 CET).  

Elche: (5-4-1) Edgar Badía – Óscar Gil (Tekio 30’), Josema, Gonzalo Verdú (Folch 46’), Dani Calvo, Andoni (Escriche 65’) – Iván Sánchez, Josan, Pere Milla (Nino 65’), Dani Calvo, Manu Sánchez (Fidel 46’) - Jonathas.
Deportivo: (5-3-2) Dani Giménez – Bóveda, Álex, Mujaid, Montero, Luis Ruiz (David Simón 52’) – Uche Agbo, Gaku, Vicente Gómez (Hugo Vallejo 57’) – Borja Valle (Mollejo 57’), Sabin Merino (Aketxe 65’).
Goal: 0-1: (64’) Hugo Vallejo
Referee: Dámaso Arcediano Monescillo. He showed yellow card to Luis Ruiz (36’), Manu Sánchez (37’) & Fidel (75’). Gaku was sent off with a direct red card (32’). Tekio was sent off with two yellow cards (54’ & 78’)
VAR Official: Daniel Ocón Arráiz
Venue: Martínez Valero
Other statistics: Ball possession (65% - 35%); Attempts to score (6 – 4); Total shots (21 – 9); Shots on target (3 - 2); Saves by the keepers (2 – 2); Corner-kicks (10 - 5); Offsides (3 - 1); Fouls committed (13 – 8); Passing accuracy (75% - 60%)



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