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04 Jun 2012
Happy good-bye to Segunda División as Deportivo broke the all-time record of points in the league; the game was basically boring, but the substitutes played a solid game that included a goal of Bodipo. Celta joined the party.

Some surprises at the starting lineup of Oltra; in the end both Juan Carlos and Colotto were on the bench, while Pablo Álvarez was the chosen one in order to perform as the playmaker in the formation. Lux was the starting goalie; Diego Seoane was one of the surprises as he was performing at the right-back position, Ayoze was at the left, while Aythami was joining Rochela at the centre of the defense.

What didn’t change was the couple at midfield, this since Álex Bergantiños and Juan Dominguez were the two pivotes. Saul was the right winger, Bruno Gama switched his position to the left wing, Pablo Álvarez was the playmaker and Xisco the central attacker.

At Villarreal B, coach Julio Velazquez was presenting the predicted 4-2-3-1 lineup; tough Juanlu was on the bench, while Lucas Porcar was the central attacker; always remembering the presence of Moi Gómez and Manu Trigueros coming from the second line. Despite that Villarreal didn’t charge anything for the entrance to El Madrigal, the true is that the attendance was poor. Before the kick-off the local players made the corridor to Deportivo as a tribute for the championship in the league.

Not too much to comment from the first part; the locals were promising a party, but the celebration was tedious as the youngsters missed intensity and accuracy in attack. Depor, meanwhile, missed tension and, despite having some scoring opportunities, they also missed more ambition.

Depor had a strong start, with Pablo Álvarez highly involved in the actions; The Shark had the first chance on the game with a crossed shot that local goalie Diego Mariño cleared to corner-kick (2’). Later the baby submarine got the ball possession, but without creating problems to Lux, just a shot of Porcar that missed the target (11’)

The next big chance was for Depor, Pablo Álvarez ran on the right wing and his cross was headed by Xisco, but the Majorcan striker missed the target. At minute 20, Seoane released a crossed that went into the path of Saul, but the winger couldn’t get the ball.

At minute 28, Aythami headed wide a free-kick of Saul; both teams were playing very relaxed, a clear demonstration that nothing was at stake, but still, Deportivo was leaving a positive impression, mainly with Saul and Pablo Álvarez, the two more active players up front.

The most dangerous play for Depor came at minute 30, Saul was assisted by Bruno Gama and the winger faced Mariño one-on-one, but he couldn’t resolve the play. Four minutes later Xisco released a cross that Pablo Álvarez couldn’t head on target.

Villarreal B was having the ball possession, but it never created danger before Lux, just a one-on-one action in which winger Manu Trigueros faced the Argentine keeper, and Depor’s goalie cleared the danger with his foot.

The defense had a pleasant game, because Villarreal B never felt comfortable with the role of the team that must have the initiative in the game; both centre midfielders also had a pleasant match; to emphasize that Álex Bergantiños broke a record at the club as he became into the player with more minutes in a liga tournament.

Nothing changed in the second part; both teams were just fulfilling an obligation, so the match continued to be tensionless and, at some point, it missed interest. Still, there were some scoring opportunities, mainly for Depor, and the Galicians were going to seize one of those chances.

Villarreal B started the second half with a more aggressive behavior, but the baby submarine was still missing spark and fresh ideas up front. Once again Depor had the first big chance; it was a corner-kick of Saul that Aythami headed searching for the far post, and Mariño made a great save (53’).

Then Oltra ordered the first substitution and Juan Carlos Real entered in order to replace Pablo Álvarez; a change that had a double reading: the Fabril’s playmaker was making his liga debut, while the Shark was saying good-bye as this was his last game with the team (he’s ending contract on June 30).

And Juan Carlos had a great chance to score after a few minutes on the pitch, the playmaker stole the ball from Kikoand entered into the area to release a strong shot that passed close to the near post. The 21.year-old player, who has just renewed his contract, made a solid presentation, showing his skills and daring behavior in attack.

Still, the game didn’t improve and continued be tensionless; there was some fluidity, but the scoring opportunities weren’t coming; Villarreal B wasn’t harming a Depor that was feeling pretty comfortable protecting the draw, while Deportivo, despite looking dangerous in attack, it neither was putting pressure looking to claim the lead.

Then Bodipo entered replacing Xisco, and the ex-Alavés striker was going to be the one scoring the decisive goal. Firstly he missed a great chance after a pass from Juan Dominguez, though the play was disallowed due to an offside.

But the Equatoguinean attacker wasn’t going to miss his next chance; it was a counterattack for the visitors in which Saul made a great play releasing a chipping and magnificent pass that went over two defenders and that was met by Bodipo at the six-yard-box, then the African attacker scored the goal with a beautiful diving header past Mariño.

It was the first goal in liga for him; actually it was his first within the last three years; because the last time that Bodipo scored a goal in liga was in the 1-1 draw at home against Barcelona (May 30, 2009). The last fifteen minutes were calmed, only disturbed by the attempt of Moi Gómez that was saved by Lux. The game, and the season, ended with the last modification as Laure replaced Bruno Gama.

Deportivo returns to Primera División as the best team ever to perform at Segunda División; Oltra’s outfit added 91 points, which is a record in the 80 years of history on the league. The game was tensionless, but the substitutes of Depor made a decent game, crowned by the goal of Bodipo, unusual hero for what he represents outside the pitch rather than by what he does during the matches.

RC Celta joins Depor in the road back to Primera División after a boring goalless match against Córdoba; the Andalusians are joining Real Valladolid, Hércules CF and UD Almeria for the playoffs. Depor’s team is now on vacations and will return to work until July 10.

Villarreal B: (4-2-3-1) Mariño - Pere, Lejeune, Truyols, Jaume Costa - Iñiguez (Kiko 38’), Toribio – Pablo Gonzalez (Camara 63’), Moi Gómez, Manu Trigueros - Lucas Porcar (Joselu 75’)
Deportivo: (4-2-3-1) Lux – Seoane, Aythami, Rochela, Ayoze – Álex Bergantiños, Juan Domínguez – Saúl, Pablo Álvarez (Juan Carlos 61’), Bruno Gama (Laure 87’) – Xisco (Bodipo 71’)
Referee: David Miranda Torres. He showed yellow card to Bruno Gama (45’)
Goals: 0-1: (74’) Bodipo.
Venue: El Madrigal (5,000)
Other statistics: Ball possession (52% - 48%); Attempts to score (2 – 4); Total shots (6 - 9); Shots on target (1 - 3); Saves by the keepers (2 - 1); Corner-kicks  (4 - 6); Offsides (0 - 1); Fouls committed (8 - 7); Accuracy in the passes (83.24% - 90.76%)




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