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25 Sep 2012
First defeat on the season for Depor; Oltra’s side had a decent performance containing a dangerous rival and even hitting the post twice, but the team fell down within the last fifteen minutes and never knew how to react.

In the end Riki stayed at the starting eleven of Deportivo; Oltra presented once again a 4-2-3-1 figure with the novelty of Juan Carlos Valerón, who was returning in order to claim the spot of Camuńas. Dani Aranzubia was at the goal, Manuel Pablo performed at the right-back position, Evaldo was at the left, while Marchena and Aythami were the centre backs.

Abel Aguilar and Juan Dominguez were the two centre midfielders, Bruno Gama attacked from the right-wing, Pizzi did it from the left, Valerón was completing his league game number 299 at Depor and performed at the playmaker’s role, while Riki was the central attacker.

At Sevilla, coach Michel was presenting the same lineup that defeated Real Madrid; it was a 4-2-3-1 draw that had four main references in attack: Jesús Navas, Swiss Ivan Rakitić, Polish-born Piotr Trochowski and  Álvaro Negredo.

A curious thing occurred on Sunday; the game Rayo Vallecano – Real Madrid was postponed to Monday amid reports of electrical cables being cut. The match at the Riazor was going to be delayed fifteen minutes, but Sevilla refused as the Andalusian squad was going to lose the plane back to Seville and they play on Tuesday the “Champions for Africa” game. So, the kick-off time wasn’t changed and instead the “mini Madrilenian” derby was scheduled at 19h45 (CET).

Open and entertaining first part a the Riazor; one more time Deportivo demonstrated that it is capable of facing the big teams at Primera and created some clear scoring opportunities; Sevilla also made a serious game and the score was in zeros at half-time just because of the crossbars.

The first minutes were intense, but both teams missed aim to create scoring opportunities; Depor was covering both sides, with Abel Aguilar helping Manuel Pablo at the right and with Pizzi helping Evaldo at the left. Depor’s first approximation came at minute 6, it was a combination between Valerón and Juan Dominguez that ended with Riki firing from the edge of the area, but the ball was cleared to corner-kick.

At minute 11, Gary Medel headed out a corner-kick coming from the right, the response was a shot of Bruno Gama that was saved by visiting goalie Andrés Palop. Immediately, Rakitic attempted from the edge of the area, the ball hit the body of Marchena and was later caught by Aranzubia.

Deportivo was trying to have the ball possession and release quick attacks, but it  was also cautious trying to avoid the counterattacks of the rival. The result was an exchange of blows that could have unbalanced the game to any side.

What happened at minute 15 was a clear example of this situation; a beautiful play of Bruno Gama and Riki at the left wing ended with the striker releasing a high cross that was barely cleared by the defense, the response was a quick counterattack of Navas in which Evaldo made a big sacrifice running after him to end watching how the winger released a drilling cross saved by Depor’s goalie.

At minute 19, Navas hit the post in a clear opportunity for the visitors; Rakitic collected the ball at the edge of the area after a free-kick, he released a high volley that the winger controlled inside the area to release a strong shot that hit the top left corner of the crossbar. Two minutes later a long play of Sevilla ended with a drilling shot of Medel from the edge of the area, Aranzubia didn’t have too many problems to stop the ball.

Riki had the second shot on target for Depor; it was a direct-free kick that was stopped by Palop (26’). At times Sevilla was dominating but Deportivo was responding and claiming the control over the actions at some specific moments. For this reason the ball possession was switching, at times Depor had the ball the 52% of the time, and in the next minute it was 51% for the Andalusians.

Oltra tried to make some damage switching the positions of Pizzi and Bruno Gama, while Riki and Valerón were putting a high pressure at the rival’s defense, something that gave a lot of problems to the visitors at the moment of the output with the ball.

Deportivo pushed hardly within the last ten minutes and was close to score with Abel Aguilar; the Colombian collected a pass of Juan Dominguez at the edge of the area and ended releasing a curved shot that hit the left corner of the crossbar (39’). That was the last clear opportunity of the first half.

Deportivo went out for the game, it pushed hard and it hit the post one more time, but it lacked strength and fell down in the last stretch of the clash after Sevilla opened the scoresheet. Sevilla could have even left the Riazor with a 0-3 score in favour, something that would have been unfair as the game was tied the major part of the time.

The beginning of the second part had the previously described craziness, i.e. exchange of blows; first Sevilla wasted a great chance on a counterattack in which Jesús Navas missed the target from inside the area; the visitors had two men facing Aranzubia, but they couldn’t concrete the play (46’).

Three minutes later Depor hit the post for the second time in the game; a great combination between Valerón and Bruno Gama ended with Pizzi attempting a cross that hit the head of Navarro and the ball turned into a volley that hit the crossbar. In that same play Depor protested a possible penalty as the rival handled the ball inside the area. The response of Sevilla was a quick counterattack with Navas assisting Negredo, but the striker missed the target at the far post.

The exchange of blows continued; at minute 55 Bruno Gama released a complicate volley from the edge of the area that was saved by Palop and in the reply Negredo headed on target and Aranzubia made the save. Bruno Gama was the next one having a shot on target, but once again his shot just found the presence of Palop.

Navas was without doubt the best player in the game; tireless and always dangerous on his side, but great part of the merit was on the shoulders of Cicinho, who was always backing his job. Nélson Olivera was the first modification on the game as he replaced Riki. The Madrilenian made a great game, running throughout the pitch, but Depor was needing fresh legs, anyhow the Portuguese attacker didn’t have the same impact of past matches and never felt comfortable over the grass.

At minute 65, Depor was close to score as Juan Dominguez through a free-kick at the edge of the area, he put the ball inside the box, but neither Aythami nor Abel Aguilar were able to head the ball at the far post. Minute 70 was a key moment as both sides were close to score; first Oliveira couldn’t resolve a good pass of Pizzi, in the counterattack Navas was again making damage on the right side and this time his drilling cross was barely cleared by Aythami.

And Sevilla was going to be the side breaking the deadlock; it was play of Cicinho on the right wing that ended with a precise cross that beat Depor’s defense and that was found by Álvaro Negredo, who dived to connect the ball and score the goal from close range.

Immediately Oltra moved the bench and refreshed the team with the entry of Camuńas for Valerón, but Depor was knocked down and never reacted before the final whistle. Sevilla was more dangerous in this last stretch and scored the second goal in the silly play of the clash.

 The Andalusians were attacking and Depor regained the ball, Marchena passed the ball to Aranzubia, who tried to clear the danger before the pressure of Ivan Rakitić and the keeper was unlucky enough as his clearance hit the body of the Swiss player and the ball ended into the back of the net.

At this point the game was finished and Sevilla even had the chance to score the third goal with a new play of Navas, but this time Aranzubia made the save. Oltra made the last substitution allowing the entry of André Santos for Juan Dominguez, but it didn’t have any impact in the game.

First defeat of the season for Deportivo and first loss at the Riazor in more than a year; the Galicians did enough merits to deserve a point, but the punch of Sevilla knocked down a team that didn’t know how to react. In any case Oltra’s team demonstrated that it has the skills to fight against the big rivals in this league.

Deportivo now lies at the tenth position at the standings; three points behind the European zone and four above the relegation zone. On Sunday the Galicians visit the Santiago Bernabéu in order to meet Real Madrid CF, without doubt one of the toughest matches on the season.

Deportivo: (4-2-3-1) Aranzubia – Manuel Pablo, Aythami, Marchena, Evaldo – Abel Aguilar, Juan Domínguez (André Santos 86’) . Bruno Gama, Valerón (Camuńas 77’), Pizzi – Riki (Oliveira 60’).
Sevilla: (4-2-3-1) Palop - Cicinho, Botía, Spahic, Fernando Navarro - Medel, Maduro (Campańa 78’)  – Jesús Navas, Trochowski (Del Moral 72’), Rakitic (Kondogbia 86’) – Negredo.
Goals: 0-1: (74’) Negredo, 0-2: (83’) Rakitic
Referee: José Luis González González. He showed yellow card to Botia (64’) and Navas (87’)
Venue: Riazor (28,000)
Other statistics: Ball possession (53% - 47%); Attempts to score (10 – 8); Total shots (15 - 13); Shots on target (5 - 8); Saves by the keepers (5 - 5); Corner-kicks  (9 - 10); Offsides (1 - 4); Fouls committed (8 - 9); Passing accuracy (83.03% - 83.10%)




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