Squad news


21 Aug 2012
Happy return of Deportivo to Liga BBVA; Oltra’s team played a solid first part, but it was until the second that the Galicians scored the goals. Te team left a positive impression and reaffirmed its strength at the Riazor.

No surprises in the lineup of Oltra for the game as he sent into the pitch the predicted starting eleven; Aranzubia was defending the goal, Manuel Pablo performed at the right side of the defense, Brazilian Evaldo was at the left and the central positions were for Marchena and Aythami.

Juan Dominguez was joined by Abel Aguilar at midfield territory; the wings were for two of the seven Portuguese players at the team: Bruno Gama was on the right and Pizzi on the left. Valerón was the playmaker in the scheme and Riki was the central attacker.

At Osasuna, coach b>José Luis Mendilibar presented the expected 4-2-3-1 formation with the only novelty of and Sisinio González ‘Sisi’ performing on the left wing. Nino, Cejudo and Joseba Llorente were the other references up front.

Deportivo left a positive impression in the first part, the Blanquiazul outfit had the ball possession and a couple of scoring opportunities, including a ball that hit the crossbar and a missed penalty. Still, the team left some lagoons in the middle of the half. Osasuna was a brave team, but always missing punch up front.

The first minutes saw two teams stuck at midfield, the first approximation was for Osasuna; a mid-distance shot of Damiá that missed the target (2’). With the passing of the minutes Depor was trying to impose its combinative game and the first big opportunity for the Galicians was a shot of Pizzi that hit the crossbar. He was assisted by Manuel Pablo and the Portuguese fired from the edge of the area (7’).

Depor was looking fresh in attack, moving the ball quickly over the grass, with both wingers pretty active and with Valerón giving glimpses of his class, though in the second part El Flaco was looking too tired. Juan Dominguez was commanding midfield and Abel Aguilar was responsible of stealing the ball in the sector –The Colombian made 13 recovers in the whole game- In any case, Osasuna was well placed on the pitch and obstructed all the roads to its goal.

Since minute 18 the visitors started to shake the dominances and approached the opposite goal, though they were unable to complete a shot on target; actually they just made one in the whole game. At minute 22, the locals were close to score as Aythami found the ball inside the area after a drilling free-kick of Pizzi, but the ball was cleared by the defense. Five minutes later the Canarian centre back was close to score an own goal trying to clear a cross of Sisi, luckily the ball went to corner-kick. The only shot on target for Osasuna in the whole game came at minute 31; it was a corner-kick headed by Sisi at the penalty spot, but Aranzubia was well placed and made the save.

Five minutes before the pause, the visitors were close score to score after Sisi ran twenty meters to end drilling a pass to Nino, who missed the target from the edge of the area. Depor responded with a cross of Bruno Gama that Riki couldn’t head properly. The final minutes were exciting; first the Navarrans missed a great chance in a counterattack lead by Cejudo, but the winger missed the target from the edge of the area. (41’)

And Riki was the protagonist within the three five minutes; firstly he was clearly fouled by Loe inside the penalty area and was even stretched off (42’), but referee Fernandez Borbalan didn’t whistle anything. And in the final minute of the stoppage time Bruno Gama was fouled inside the area by defender Miguel Flaño and this time the penalty was awarded to the locals, but Riki, who already was recovered from an ankle knock, hit the left post with his drilling attempt.

Depor didn’t have the ball in the second part, but it scored two goals. An ironic thing, but not surprising taking in mind that Osasuna couldn’t complete any shot on target in this half. Despite losing the ball possession the Galicians were the most dangerous team on the pitch and both goals were quality pieces.

The beginning of the second part was slow… until Deportivo scored its first goal on the new season. Pizzi assisted Riki on the left wing and the Madrilenian redeemed himself making a wonderful play eluding Flaño and later drilling the ball into the near post of visiting goalie Andrés Fernandez, the Murcian keeper should have blocked the shot but instead it ended at the back of the net.

After the goal the game turned to be electric, with both teams unleashing quick attacks that turned the game into an entertaining spectacle for the fans at the Riazor. The key was that Osasuna always missed spark and a player capable of finishing the plays, while Depor reduced the pace but was still looking as the most dangerous team on the pitch.

The first substitution of the season was the entry of Nélson Oliveira replacing Riki, and the Portuguese was pretty active in his first minutes on the pitch; he firstly missed a cross of Abel Aguilar in a free-kick action (63’), then he released a drilling shot from inside the area that was cleared by Andrés (68’).

Álex Bergantiños was the second modification in the game; he replaced Valerón, who received and standing ovation at the stadium. With the change, Abel Aguilar advanced his position and was the playmaker in the scheme, while Álex joined Juan Dominguez at midfield. Ten minute before the end Pizzi combined with Oliveira, but the defense cleared the danger before the striker was able to release a shot.

Pizzi was another of the good news in the game; he was highly involved in the actions, running and assisting his partners. The last minutes were complicated for the locals; Osasuna pushed up front and despite not been able to complete a shot on target they were creating a lot of damage.

At minute 81, substitute Roland Lamah collected a high pass from the defense, but he was unable to surpass Aranzubia, then Oltra made the last modification allowing the debut of Camuñas replacing Pizzi. Two minutes before the end Lamah showed up again to drill a pass into the area that Quique Sola, another substitute, sent wide.

And the second goal came in the stoppage time, and it was a real masterpiece. Osasuna was attacking and had Depor caged inside its area, then Evaldo collected the ball and chipped the ball into the path of Nélson Oliveira, then the striker ran from its own side of the pitch, easily beating Flaño to end facing Andrés one-on-one, and the Portuguese coolly scored his first goal at Depor chipping the ball over the keeper.

Solid presentation of a Deportivo that showed some weaknesses, but that was strong enough to overcome a missed penalty and score two wonderful goals that meant the first three points on the season. Abel Aguilar and Pizzi had a promising debut, with Nélson Oliveira displaying his class at the final minute. Some things need to be fixed, mainly at defense, but it gives the impression that Depor is on the right track.

The three points are meaning fresh air for a team that needed a positive start, Deportivo is now completing a full year without been defeated at the Riazor. Oltra’s team will now return into competition on Sunday paying a visit to one of the tougher stadium in the league: Mestalla and Valencia CF (23h00 CET).

Deportivo: (4-2-3-1) Aranzubia – Manuel Pablo, Marchena, Aythami, Evaldo – Juan Domínguez, Abel Aguilar – Bruno Gama, Valerón (Álex Bergantiños 72’), Pizzi (Camuñas 85’) – Riki (Oliveira 63’).
Osasuna: (4-2-3-1) Andrés – Bertrán, Arribas, Flaño Damiá – Puñal, Loe (Lamah 77’) – Cejudo, Nino, Sisi (Roberto Torres 83’) – Joseba Llorente (Quique Sola 69’).
Goals: 1-0: (53’) Riki, 2-0: (90+2’) Oliveira
Referee: David Fernandez Borbalan. He showed yellow card to Evaldo (17’), Sisi (36’), Flaño (45+2’), Aythami (57’), Damia (62’), Juan Dominguez (67’) and Andrés (76’)
Venue: Riazor (30,000)
Other statistics: Ball possession (45% - 55%); Attempts to score (8 – 4); Total shots (10 - 11); Shots on target (5 - 1); Saves by the keepers (1 - 1); Corner-kicks  (5 - 7); Offsides (1 - 7); Fouls committed (14 - 12); Passing accuracy (77.40% - 80.01%)




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