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10 Dec 2012
Disaster at the Calderón stadium; a soulless Deportivo wasn’t rival for Atletico Madrid and Radamel Falcao. The Colombian scored five goals and left Depor at the bottom of the standings. Terrible performance of the whole team.

No surprises at the lineup of both coaches. Oltra allowed the entry of Javier Camuñas, who played at the left wing replacing Pizzi It was the classical 4-2-3-1 figure, with Aranzubia defending the goal, Laure playing at the right-back position, Ayoze on the left, while Pablo Insua and Roderick Miranda were the centre-backs.

Álex Bergantiños and Abel Aguilar were the centre midfielders, Bruno Gama attacked by the right wing, Camuñas was on the left flank, Juan Carlos Valerón was the playmaker and Riki the central attacker.

At Atletico, Simeone was able to play with ex-Depor Filipe Luis at the left-back position; it was a 4-4-2 figure with Radamel Falcao and Diego Costa as the main references in attack. 200 fans of Deportivo were at the Calderón stadium for the match. Also, the Galician team wore the third kit for the first time on this season; so far only Fabril had used it.

Deportivo played twenty solid minutes, it give problems up front and stopped the game of the rival; but later the whole structure fell down before the pressure of a rival living its best moment in ages and also for the predictable errors of a defensive line that, once again, showed the cracks that clearly explains why the Blanquiazul outfit is the worst defense in the league.

The game begun with Atletico putting pressure up front, but Depor looked accurate and had more chances within the first ten minutes; the main one was an attempt of Riki that was cleared to corner-kick (3’). The local responded with a quick attack by the left wing that ended with Falcao sending the ball wide from close range (5’).

With the passing of the minutes the Madrilenians claimed control over the actions and was living closer to Depor’s area, but the Galicians were also looking dangerous in the counterattack, mainly with the moves of Riki, who turned to be the only player at the team that showed some spirit. The defense was also doing a nice job in the opening stages, with Insua and Roderick alternating the mark over Falcao.

At minute 17, Bruno Gama completed a nice and collective play by the right wing, but his drilling cross was cleared to corner-kick. The response of Atletico was a free-kick of Koke that Diego Costa headed wide (19’).

But everything changed starting at minute 22, just when the errors at defense begun. The centre-backs committed two errors in a matter of two minutes; in the first neither Roderick nor Insua were able to clear the ball inside the box, but luckily for them Godin sent the ball wide after the defender attempted a drilling shot from the box.

But the second error wasn’t going to be forgiven by Atletico; Koke threw a corner-kick from the left and the high cross was met by Diego Costa at the far post; he scored heading the ball into the net. The point is that nobody marked the Brazilian, Roderick and Insua were just standing there, while Aranzubia could have made a better job blocking the attempt.

Deportivo wasn’t dead and reacted having two opportunities to score; in the first Bruno Gama ran with the ball from midfield territory and attempted a long-range shot that went wide (26’); two minutes later an accurate cross of Camuñas from the left was perfectly headed by Valerón at the penalty spot, but his attempt just hit the left post.

And in the counterattack of that play the locals scored the second goal; Koke was again the assistor as he found the ball at midfield and drilled it into the path of Radamel Falcao, who ran 20 meters to end beating Aranzubia with a drilling shot. It gave the impression that the Colombian was offside.

The second goal killed the spirit of the Galicians, because since that point in the game the visitors were at the mercy of the Madrilenians. Simeone’s side was closer to score in the remaining 63 minutes. At minute 36, Diego Costa was assisted inside the area, but this time Aranzubia made the save after the Brazilian attempted a drilling shot. Two minutes later Riki headed wide the cross of Bruno Gama.

And Atletico was going to score the third goal before the pause; it was a new distraction of the defense combined with the genius skills of Falcao. Arda Turan made a throw-in, nobody marked the Colombian until it was too late and he fired a powerful volley from the edge of the area past Aranzubia. Curiously, Depor had the ball possession in this half (52%), but the skills of the Madrilenians and their own mismatches at defense were causing the huge difference.

Deportivo was a ghost in the second part; it was a defeated team that only went out in order to fulfill the compromise. Atletico also faced the second part with calm assurance… with the exception of Falcao, an unstoppable machine of goals that was going to score three more times.

The second part followed the scrip written at the end of the first half: Deportivo was trying to have the ball and moved it with accuracy, but Atletico was pretty strong in the counterattack and looked more dangerous. The true is that the pace was slower; Atletico had more will compared to a broken Deportivo. At minute 58, ex-Depor Adrian replaced Brazilian Diego Costa. It was the first time he faces his former club after his polemic exit on the past campaign.

And the Madrilenians scored the fourth goal, and again with the help of the defense. Arda Turan released a drilling cross from the left, Insua didn’t clear the ball properly and when Falcao arrived to connect the ball he was fouled by Roderick; the Portuguese committed a clear penalty and the Colombian scored from the penalty spot sending Aranzubia on the wrong way.

Then Oltra ordered the first substitution; Diogo Salomão replaced Camuñas ; the change was trying to refresh the squad, but the true is that the Portuguese winger barely touched the ball. Just three minutes later Falcao scored again after collecting a loose ball at the goal line. Arda Turan fired from the left corner of the box and Aranzubia made the save, but unluckily the ball hit the ground and El Tigre headed the ball home before Roderick could have cleared it.

Depor were already defeated, still Riki had a chance to score after heading the ball on target, but  Courtois made the save (68’). That was the lonely shot on target of Depor in the whole match and the demonstration that the Madrilenian was the only player that made something in this game.

But the rain of goals continues on the opposite goal; Falcao was going to score the sixth goal in a solo-play inside the area and after eluding two rivals. The Colombian became into the first player of Atletico that scores five goals in the same Primera game the and the second men in this century that does it in la liga [the previous was Morientes in 2002]

Twenty minutes were remaining in the game, but there was no more football. Atletico spent the time administrating the comfortable lead and refreshing the squad, even allowing the debut at Primera of 18-year-old defender Javi Manquillo. At Depor, André Santos replaced Valerón and Bodipo entered for Riki. The first move was trying to stop the bleeding, but the Madrilenians were not interested in giving a bigger punishment.

Painful defeat for Deportivo. The Galicians were facing a tough task, but there are no excuses for the poor performance saw after minute 20. Falcao and the big lagoons at defense are causing a new defeat and to see Depor at the bottom of the standings. It’s the biggest defeat at Primera since the 0-6 visiting Córdoba CF on the season 64/65.

Depor is the last place at Primera for the first time since the season 1972/73 (matchday 19). Oltra is under fire, but won’t leave the job, at least not before the home game against Real Valladolid (Monday, December 17, 20h00 CET).

Atletico Madrid: (4-4-2) Courtois – Juanfran, Cata Diaz, Godín, Filipe (Manquillo 75’) – Koke, Mario Suárez, Gabi, Arda Turan (Raúl Garcia 69’) – Diego Costa (Adrian 58’), Falcao.
Deportivo: (4-2-3-1) Aranzubia – Laure, Roderick, Insua, Ayoze – Abel Aguilar, Álex Bergantiños – Bruno Gama, Valerón (André Santos 71’), Camuñas (Salomao 64’) – Riki (Bodipo 77’)
Goals: 1-0: (23’) Diego Costa, 2-0: (27’) Falcao, 3-0: (41’) Falcao, 4-0: (63’) Falcao (penalty), 5-0: (67’) Falcao, 6-0: (70’) Falcao
Referee: Alejandro Hernández Hernández. He showed yellow card to Camuñas (17’) and Álex Bergantiños (40’)
Venue: Vicente Calderón (40,000) 
Other statistics: Ball possession (50% - 50%); Attempts to score (8 – 2); Total shots (14 - 9); Shots on target (9 - 1); Saves by the keepers (1 - 3); Corner-kicks  (5 - 7); Offsides (7 - 1); Fouls committed (8 - 10); Passing accuracy (84.06% - 82.89%)




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