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09 Nov 2020
New victory for a Deportivo that continued to offer doubts with its game. It was plane in the first part, then the attackers started to find cracks at the defence of a rival that played well, but that lacked a striker to define the plays.

Coach Fernando Vázquez partially fulfilled what he tested on Saturday, because Uche Agbo was a starter, but Miku was left on the bench. Also, Borja Granero wasn’t risked and therefore Álex Bergantiños kept playing at the centre of the defence.

Carlos Abad was the starting keeper, Jorge Valín covered the right side of the defence, the left flank was for Héctor Hernández, then Mujaid Sadick joined Álex at the central positions. Uche Agbo and Celso Borges were the centre midfielders, Keko Gontán attacked from the right wing, José Lara did it from the left, Nacho González was the playmaker and Claudio Beauvue was the centre forward.

At Coruxo FC, coach Michel Alonso made some variations to the expected lineup. Aitor Aspas (cousing of Iago Aspas), was playing a midfield. Álex Ares attacked from the right wing, Álvaro Martín ‘Chevi’ and Mateo Míguez were the main references in attack.

Deportivo showed the same miseries of past games: a game without surprises in attack and therefore with only a few chances to score, chances that only came in set-pieces. Coruxo FC played a solid game, but their lack of punch and a real striker was evident.

The game started with Deportivo trying to put a high pressure, but Coruxo FC knew how to surpass the first line of pressure and started to have the ball in offensive positions. Deportivo started to show the same lack of ideas at the moment of stepping into the rival’s area, while the visiting side had a more combinative game, though they lacked the last pass to create a chance to score. They also showed their main problem: the lack of a real striker thar can break the defence and score goals.

The first approximation was a long-range shot of Mateo Míguez that missed the target (13’). At the middle of the first half, it was clear that Coruxo FC was better. They had a more combinative game in attack, but the true is that the chances to score weren’t arriving as they were unable to make a last pass or an individual move that could give them an advantage inside the area.

Depor’s main problem was that it was too slow at the moment of attacking, no one was attempting to create a superiority during the transitions and therefore everyone was well marked and the ball was passing more time in the boots of Álex Bergantiños instead of Nacho González. The first shot of Depor came until minute 33, it was a deflected attempt of Celso Borges that was caught by visiting goalie Alberto Domínguez.

The best from Deportivo came within the last fifteen minutes, Coruxo FC got tired and spent the time locked at their side of the field. The locals tried to make a step forward, and their best chances came in set-pieces. At minute 38, a lateral free-kick of Keko Gontán ended with he ball hitting the crossbar, Álex headed the loose ball, but it was caught by Alberto. At minute 43, a corner-kick of Keko ended in a pass to Nacho González, but the Uruguayan attacker missed the target firing from the edge of the area.

The main change in the final part was that Deportivo started to search for the back of the defenders, and as soon as they did it, the locals found the cracks and created the chances to score that didn’t exist in the first half.

Deportivo had a good start in the second part, what happened is that the players started to run and create space, so they were looking dangerous. At minute 47, a good combination on the left allowed Lara to enter the area when he was alone, but the referee whistled an inexistent offside. Two minutes later a combination on the right wing opened the needed space to Keko, who earned a corner-kick.

Meanwhile, Coruxo FC were following the same path: a very vertical and combinative game, but later there was no one to define the plays, so they chances continued to arrive in long-distance shots, like the one of Anton de Vicente that missed the target (54’).

Then Depor scored the lonely goal in the meeting, and it did it using the “new” formula of breaking the defence with short and quick passes. It was a combinative play in in which Keko passed the ball to Borges, who opened it to the left side of the area, Beauvue didn’t touch it and José Lara was there to dribble a rival and score through a crossed shot.

After the goal, the game became into an exchange of blows. Coruxo FC gave a step forward and looked dangerous, but the locals also looked dangerous thanks to the quick transitions and counterattacks. Another big difference in this half was that the ball was passing more time in the boots of Uche Agbo instead of Álex, and the Nigerian midfielder was unstoppable due to his physical presence.

 The visitors could have tied the actions at minute 60, Alejandro Hernández ‘Andriu’ headed a lateral free-kick and Carlos Abad made the save. The first changes at Depor were the entries of Borja Galán, Iago Gandoy and Miku for Nacho González, Lara and Beauvue.

And two of those substitutes participated in the next chance to score for the locals, Galán made a long run on the left wing and he ended the play with a shot saved by Alberto, then Gandoy had a shot blocked after collecting the loose ball and Galán got the ball again and this time he missed the target (66’).

Coruxo FC replied with a play on the left wing that ended with Aitor Aspas releasing a cross that Jairo Cárcaba headed at the box, he was alone but he missed the target (67’). Then Valin picked a muscle problem and was replaced by Borja Granero.

Deportivo could have scored the second goal at minute 80. First a lateral free-kick of Keko was blocked by Alberto, then the visiting side attempted the counterattack, but they lost the ball and the play ended with a shot of Gandoy that went close to the near post.

Coruxo were exhausted for the final ten minutes, so the game was closer to end 2-0 rather than 1-1. At minute 90, a good run by Miku ended with Keko firing from inside the area, his attempt was deflected. In the resulting corner-kick, Héctor Hernández saw how his shot from the left corner of the box was saved by Alberto, then Miku sent the loose ball out.

Not a solid presentation for Deportivo, Los Blanquiazules had big problems to create scoring opportunities in the first half due to the immobility of the attackers, things were better in the second part and Depor found the cracks at the visiting defence. They seized one of those opportunities and it was enough to secure the three points against a rival that looked good, but that missed punch.

Deportivo remain among the first three places after adding 10 of the 12 points disputed until this moment. There’s a break in the league on next weekend, the next game is the visit to CD Guijuelo (November 22).

Deportivo: (4-5-1) Carlos Abad – Valín (Borja Granero 79’), Mujaid, Álex Bergantiños, Héctor Hernández – Keko, Uche Agbo, Nacho González (Gandoy 63’), Borges, Lara (Borja Galán 63’) – Beauvue (Miku 63’).
Coruxo: (4-2-3-1) Alberto – Antón, Pablo Crespo, Andriu, Manu - Yebra, Aitor Aspas (Pedro Vázquez 72’) – Álex Ares (Valiño 72’), Chevi (Jonathan Vila 80’), Jairo Cárcaba (Rivera 86’), - Mateo Míguez.
Goal: 1-0: (54’) Lara
Referee: Guillermo Cueto Amigo. He showed yellow card to Pablo Crespo (35’), Nacho González (59’), Valín (62’) & Héctor Hernández (90+2’)
Venue: Riazor.



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