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WHAT THE PAPERS WROTE: VILLARREAL B – DEPORTIVO (LIGA)

05 Jun 2012
The papers emphasized the fact that the match barely had scoring opportunities, but also that Deportivo clinched an historic mark in the league. The media also hailed the performance of some players like Álex or Pablo Álvarez.

La Voz de Galicia: The first half didn’t have pace. In fact, the more than 5,000 spectators gathered at El Madrigal had to wait 25 minutes to watch a scoring opportunity. It was in a play in which local striker Lucas Porcar released a cross and the ball bounced off the hand of Rochela inside the area, but the referee, Catalan Miranda Torres, believed that it was involuntarily and didn’t whistle the penalty. Deportivo answered just five minutes later with a long throw in which Xisco assisted Saul to see him facing Mariño one-on-one, he tried to drill the ball, but he met a wonderful save from the Galician keeper.

In the second act, the Galician side perfectly dominated the situation and was close to claim an early lead with a header from Aythami after a corner-kick that forced Marino to make another major intervention. The only goal came at minute 74. It was an excellent counterattack of Deportivo finished with a measured cross of Saul into the head of Bodipo, who completed an acrobatic shot that beat the local keeper. A goal that is worth a record.

La Opinión A Coruña:  Bodipo tops the party. Eight days ago Bodipo led the party of the promotion, then he continued for the carousel of celebrations and finished it off yesterday with a goal, such as the ones of Xisco against Nastic and Huesca, because it will also go down in history. That was precisely what Deportivo made at El Madrigal, it put an end to a dreamed season with an epilogue that will be recorded for posterity. It wasn’t just a victory, despite the goal of promotion was already inside the pocket. With this win the team broke the record of Valladolid since 2007 and says good-bye to Segunda adding 91 points, a mark that will be very hard to beat.

A draw was enough to improve the record of Pucela and Depor walked toward the mark, but also toward the “tran tran” without forcing the machine. A torture of game, the 0-0 was felt almost from the opening whistle. Little football, too light, few scoring chances...It was predictable until Bodipo, who had no league competition from December, entered in order to decide the match with a superb header. He jumped into the field at minute 72 and he only needed three to seize a good assist from Saul to sign the winning goal. Great goal and best celebration, worthy of a promotion.

It was the highlight, the only salvageable thing from a dark and gray match, also mentioning the debut of Juan Carlos in liga. Just signed his contract extension through 2015, the youngster seized the minutes gave by José Luis Oltra. He even failed to score once as his left-leg attempt missed the target. It was his first league appearance and the last for Pablo Álvarez, one of the best players in the first half. He performed as a playmaker and walked between the lines to make some good passes. Then, he decayed with the passage of minutes, just like the rest of the team. Lacking association and football Deportivo turned to strategic actions to create real danger: lateral free-kick and especially corners. Saul sent all of them searching for Aythami and Xisco, who headed them without reward.

Villarreal B barely approached the goal of Lux. The locals combined at ease until three quarters of field, but rarely managed to surprise the defense of Deportivo, well planted despite the changes at the starting lineup. Aythami and Rochela fulfilled their duties, as Seoane and Ayoze at the sides. Few problems to keep the ball away from Lux’s goal. The Argentine was a spectator for most of the time, although at the edge of half-time he showed his speed on a good move of Trigueros. It was the best chance of Villarreal B, almost the only one. A team with quality, as any good B team, but too innocent and missing punch in the final meters. Eugenio Cobas

Vavel.com: At the beginning of the game, the B squad of Villarreal had a great detail with Deportivo and made the corridor to the brand new champions of Segunda. Shortly after this formal ceremony, the game started with pace and with a good chance of Pablo Álvarez, today captain of Deportivo, with a one-on-one play against Vigo-born Diego Mariño, who deflected to corner. The pace of the game, as expected, dropped considerably and the presence of the ball at midfield prevailed before the attacking game, so the chances were very rare and we can also remember the sporadic arrivals by the sides created by the visiting team, actions that didn’t create any harm with headers from Xisco and Aythami, plus some local opportunities that were cleared by Argentine German Lux, who was replacing Dani Aranzubia. With the 0-0 on the scoresheet we arrived to half-time and step through the locker room.

In the second half, the pace of the game was higher, which by the way wasn’t very difficult to achieve, and the leader of Segunda took control of it and, although without risking too much, began to arrive with some danger to the goal of the submarine. At minute 54, Aythami had the first goal attempt with a header after a corner kick threw by Saúl, but a successful Diego Marino made a great save and prevented the goal. Oltra gave minutes to Juan Carlos, newly renovated, and he had another clear chance at minute 64, but his shot went close to the right post. 

The second modification of Oltra was successful as Rodolfo Bodipo entered, in the first ball that he touched the striker missed the target, though the linesman marked the offside on the play, and then a good counterattack between him and Saúl was enough to see the Asturian assisting the African attacker to connect a header past Mariño and put the 0-1 on the scoresheet, which ultimately would be the final score. The remaining 15 minutes were for Villarreal B, but their attempts were always cut at midfield by a sublime Alex Bergantiños, I want to name him as the only Segunda player that performed in the 42 matches in liga, and brought another record as he was the Depor’s player with more minutes in one single liga campaign.

The result no longer moved, Deportivo La Coruña won its 29th game of the season and reached the mark of 91 points, winning record and record of points in the history of Segunda, beating Mendilibar’s Valladolid from the season 2006/2007. Deserved promotion and deserved record for a large group of professionals, who put back Depor where it has never had to go out, the liga BBVA. Fernando Romero de Paz.

El Periódico Mediterráneo: The B squad said good-bye to Segunda Division with a defeat. Villarreal B didn’t have the dreamed farewell. The mini submarine said good-bye to the silver league with a defeat against Deportivo in a match that was played at El Madrigal and in which the Galician outfit achieved the record of points, 91 in 42 matchdays. The yellow team began more involved in the game compared to the rival, although it was hard to penetrate the defensive line of the champion. In fact, in the first part the team never had a clear scoring opportunity, because Deportivo was content with the draw and Villarreal B youngsters were gradually ceasing in the efforts to pierce the Galician goal.

Of course, the more than 5,000 spectators gathered at El Madrigal on this festive day protested a possible penalty by the hand of centre back Rochela after a cross of Lucas Porcar although Miranda Torres thought that it was involuntarily. Deportivo stretched the lines out and clinched the victory. In this sense, Saúl was able to score before reaching the break, and later it was Aythami who forced Mariño to make a great save.

The only goal in the game was scored fifteen minutes before the final whistle. Bodipo headed the ball into the net after a remote control cross of Saúl and made useless the effort of Villarreal B goalkeeper. In the end sad farewell for a team that if it wasn’t for the relegation of the first team, next season it would be enjoying a new opportunity at Segunda A. Yesterday's wasn’t a good-bye but a see you later. Fran Segovia

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