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09 Apr 2012
New victory at home for Deportivo; The Galicians had to come from behind in the scoresheet and secured the three points thanks to the punch shown in the second part. Oltra’s outfit is now ready to face the Galician derby.

Both coaches presented the expected formations; Oltra was allowing the return of Ayoze and Aythami, duo that was covering the absences of Morel and Colotto. Aranzubia was at the goal, Laure covered the right-back position, while Ayoze played at the left. Ze Castro was joining Aythami at the centre of the defense.

Juan Dominguez and Álex Bergantiños were the two pivotes; Bruno Gama performed at the right wing, Andrés Guardado attacked from the left flank, Valerón was the playmaker in the scheme and Riki the central attacker.

At Real Murcia, coach Iñaki Alonso was presenting the expected 4-4-2 draw, with the lethal duo Cristian Garcia-Emilio Sánchez leading the attacking efforts. Despite the match was played at noon on an Easter Sunday there was a nice attending to the Riazor, because 23,000 fans visited the stadium in order to support Deportivo.

As always Depor was having the ball possession playing at the Riazor, but this time it found a rival that seized its scarce opportunities. Murcia scored an early goal and was an uncomfortable rival that was playing on counterattacks, besides Depor was too thick in attack and was just creating danger through free-kicks, it was until Valerón scored the equalizer that Depor improved up front.

The fans witnessed a dynamic game within the first ten minutes, with Deportivo having the ball possession and quickly moving it over the grass, but the first approximation was for the Murcians with a cross that Isaac headed out (3’). The first shot of Depor was a corner-kick of Guardado that Riki sent out (6’).

Depor was looking fresh, but it was Real Murcia the side that opened the can; Laure committed a foul over Mario Marin at the left wing, then everybody was waiting for a cross in the resulting free-kick, but Emilio Sánchez surprised everyone with a direct shot that went into the far post; the true is that Aranzubia should have cleared the danger.

The locals reacted and pushed up front, but Oltra’s team was missing the last pass to create any chance before visiting goalie Alberto Cifuentes. At minute 16, Guardado had his first attempt to score through a direct free-kick, but he sent the ball over the goal. The main danger was coming from the sides, with Guardado and Bruno Gama pretty active in the game, but their crosses never found any receiver, so Depor had to rely on set-pieces.

At minute 24, Depor completed its first shot on target, again it was a free-kick of Guardado that Alberto cleared to corner-kick. Three minutes later the locals had a new free-kick, this time it was thrown by Valerón and the ball passed close to the far post.

Murcia responded with a long-range shot of Cerrajeria that Aranzubia hardly cleared to corner-kick; in the next play Cristian Garcia fell down inside the area, but the referee didn’t whistle anything.

With the pass of the minutes it seemed that Depor was running out of gas, but then the locals scored the equalizer. Álex assisted Guardado and the Mexican released a perfect cross from the left wing that Valerón found at the far post, the Canarian playmaker was alone enough to release a downwards header that crossed Alberto. It’s the fourth goal in liga for El Flaco.

The goal pushed Depor to search for the second and Guardado had a new attempt in a free-kick, and again the Mexican sent the ball wide (36’). Depor had two more opportunities before half-time, the clearest one was a perfect pass of Álex searching for Riki, but the Madrilenian striker missed the target from the left corner of the six-yard-box (43’). The last opportunity was a repetition of the goal as Guardado sent a high cross that was found by Valerón inside the area, but this time the Canarian playmaker sent the ball over the crossbar (45’).

Depor reacted in the second part, Oltra’s team woke up slowly and within the final 25 minutes it wiped off Real Murcia from the pitch; the Galicians presumed the punch missed in the first part and in just seven minutes it scored two goals that certified anew victory at the Riazor.

The picture didn’t change for the second part; Depor was still having the ball possession and the initiative, while the Murcians were focused in stealing the ball to release a counterattack. The first scoring opportunity was for the locals; Bruno Gama made a solo play on the left wing and ended releasing a crossed shot that missed the target (52’).

Real Murcia had a double attempt, first the visitors couldn’t seize a counterattack after a corner-kick of Guardado (55’), then Molinero missed the target with a shot from long distance (57’). The game was still focused in attacks by the sides, Guardado and Bruno Gama were now joined by Laure, but their crosses weren’t creating any harm. Still, Laure was one of the most active players in the game, both defending the right-back position and joining the attacks by his side.

At minute 61, Depor had two clear chances, first a counterattack in which Guardado released a strong shot from inside the area that Alberto cleared to corner-kick, in the next play Juan Dominguez found the ball inside the area, but his drilling shot missed the target. Then Oltra replaced the midfielder and Lassad entered into the pitch.

Dominguez missed more presence in this game, he just completed 45 passing attempts, while Alex almost completed the double (70’), that’s why Oltra decided to switch the draw into a 4-1-4-1, with the Tunisian joining Valerón playing behind Riki.

And the modification worked out as Lassad participated in the next two goals; the second goal came, again, with a cross, though this time the actors were different and the play was born at the right wing; Lassad eluded two rivals and assisted Bruno Gama and then the Portuguese released a high cross that Riki headed into the near post of Alberto. It’s the eleventh goal in liga for the Madrilenian, and his number 36 at Depor; he now ties Guimerans and Oswaldo, two of the historic players at the club.

Then Oltra returned to the normal 4-2-3-1 draw as Borja Fernandez replaced Riki; there was no reaction from Murcia and soon Depor sentenced the match; again the assistor was Bruno Gama as the Portuguese winger released a drilling cross that Lassad Nouioui found at the six-yard box to drill the ball under the body of Alberto and into the net. It’s the ninth goal in liga for the Tunisian forward.

Murcia had its first scoring chance in the second part until minute 76, it was a corner-kick that Cristian Garcia headed close to the far post. But it was Deportivo the side that continued dominating the actions, having the ball possession and still searching for more before a rival that was defeated since the second goal.

Oltra started to think of the Galician derby and decided to replace Guardado, who has four yellow cards, with Diogo Salomão. Murcia had two goals attempts within the final ten minutes, the first was a counterattack in which Cristian Garcia was left alone before Aranzubia, but the Argentine striker missed the target with his crossing attempt (84’).

Then, replacement Borja González sent a crossing attempt from the left corner of the area, but his high cross went wide (90’). In the next play Salomão attempted with a shot from the edge of the area, but the Portuguese winger missed the target. The game ended with the Riazor making the wave and chanting before the Galician derby.

It can’t be said that Deportivo suffered in this match, but the Galicians needed to come from behind as they were losing early in the game and after the locals lasted 65 minutes in showing their feared punch. Murcia was an ordered rival in the first half, but in the second they fell down. Oltra’s team missed punch in the first part, but that definition appeared briefly in the second to lead the team to its 12th straight victory at home, which is also the second victory coming from behind on this liga season.

Depor has now 69 points and pleasantly leads Liga Adelante; now Los Blanquiazules will prepare the Galician derby before RC Celta (Sunday, Balaídos, 12h00 CET). No matter the result in Vigo, Depor will remain as the leader in the league.

Deportivo: (4-2-3-1) Aranzubia – Laure, Aythami, Ze Castro, Ayoze – Juan Domínguez (Lassad 63’), Álex Bergantiños – Bruno Gama, Valerón, Guardado (Salomão 76’) – Riki (Borja 69’)
Real Murcia: (4-4-2) Alberto - Molinero, Iván Amaya, Jorge García, Mario Marín – Isaac (Chando 75’), Iturra, Cerrajería (Albiol 65’), Sutil – Emilio, Cristian García (Borja González 85’).
Goals: 0-1: (8’) Emilio Sánchez, 1-1: (32’) Valerón, 2-1: (64’) Riki, 3-1: (71’) Lassad
Referee: Jesús Gil Manzano. He showed yellow card to Cerrajeria (15’), Molinero (27’), Riki (51’), and Sutil (72’)
Venue: Riazor (23,000)
Other statistics: Ball possession (59% - 41%); Attempts to score (10 – 6); Total shots (19 - 12); Shots on target (5 - 3); Saves by the keepers (2 - 2); Corner-kicks  (4 - 3); Offsides (3 - 1); Fouls committed (11 - 17); Accuracy in the passes (86.54% - 79.75%)




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