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25 Sep 2015
Depor returned to winning ways in a game that lacked football, but that witnessed two perfectly executed counterattacks that put the Blanquiazul outfit back at the first positions at the standings.

Surprises in attack as coach Víctor Sánchez left both Lucas Pérez and Luis Alberto sat on the bench, duo that had netted four goals within the three games. Totally there were four modifications compared to the team that lost before Sporting Gijón.

German Lux was the starting keeper, Laure covered the right side on defence, Fernando Navarro performed on the left, Sidnei Rechel and Alejandro Arribas were the centre backs, Juan Dominguez joined Pedro Mosquera at midfield, Fede Cartabia attacker from the right wing, Luisinho did it from the left, Fayçal Fajr was the playmaker and Jonathan Rodriguez was the centre forward.

At Real Betis, Pepe Mel presented the expected formation, though with the novelty of Brazilian Petros Matheus claiming one of the spots at midfield, Rafael Van Der Vaart was making his official debut with the team, while the references in attack were Rubén Castro and Jorge Molina.

It was the most boring first part of Deportivo in this start of season. The Galicians were content with the goalless draw and didn’t push a rival that also missed motivation.  A save by Lux and an accurate shot by Cartabia were the only opportunities in this half.

The first half can only be described as quiet, though the first polemic decision only lasted four minutes. Lux failed to clear the ball and gave it directly to a rival, then Rubén Castro fell into the ground before the pressure of Arribas, no call was made despite the protests at the stadium.

That was the only excitement within the first twenty minutes, in the rest of the half Depor were holding at the back and were putting pressure up front, while Betis were trying to attack, but they missed aim. Just to point out the three long passes looking for Joaquin at the left wing that went out, all of them in a frame of ten minutes.

Little by little Betis claimed the control of the ball possession, though they looked harmless in attack, unable to complete a shot on target before a rival that was content enough in releasing long passes looking for Jonathan Rodriguez. The Uruguayan wasn’t too active, but he was the most dangerous player for the Galicians as he completed two of the three shots in this half. Still the absence of Lucas and Luis Alberto was noticed.

The errors of Depor defending the corner-kicks were causing more problems than a flat Betis, willful, but unable to create a clear opportunity. The first opportunity for Depor came until minute 27, it was a free-kick by Cartabia that was an easy catch for local goalie Adan.

Three minutes later Jonathan Rodriguez attempted with a low shot that was blocked by Adan. That was the first shot on target in the game. The best opportunity for Betis came at minute 32, Depor’s defence couldn’t clear the ball properly and Rubén Castro tried to cross Lux from the left corner of the area, but the Argentine keeper blocked the ball and it was later cleared by the defence.

The best chance for Depor in the first part came at minute 41, a bad clearance by Betis was seized by the visiting team with Cartabia getting the ball at the left corner of the area, then he released a low shot that hit the far post and then it went off.

The goals finally arrived to the Villamarín in the second part, though the football never came. Depor were clinical enough to take advantage of their best two opportunities, two counterattacks, before a powerless rival that only completed one shot on target.

The second half started with Rafael Van der Vaart getting injured and been replaced by Dani Ceballos, while Depor wasted two counterattacks within the first ten minutes, in the first Luisinho didn’t release a good cross (50’) and one minute later Mosquera missed the target from the edge of the area.

And then Depor’s first goal arrived. It was counterattack in which Fajr assisted Cartabia, who from 30 meters released a marvelous shot that surprised the whole defence, the ball hit the crossbar and bounced in. But the advantage only lasted four minutes as during a throw-in, provoked by a bad pass by the same Cartabia, Ceballos drilled the ball into the left side of the area and Brazilian Petros was there to cross Lux.

Then both coaches made changes and Van Wolfswinkel entered the field while Celso Borges replaced Juan Dominguez. Betis continued pushing and Víctor made the last two modification soon: Lucas replaced Jonathan Rodríguez, while Juanfran Moreno claimed the spot of Cartabia.

Lucas didn’t have any clear chance, but added fight up front. Still Betis were growing in the game though the Andalusians were still missing ideas in attack, to the point that they only completed one shot on target in the whole game.

And then Depor hit back with a new perfect counterattack that meant the second goal. Luisinho drove the ball at the left and his high cross went into the far post, Celso Borges was there to perfectly head the ball into the penalty spot, and Fayçal Fajr arrived on time to score with a low shot.

Two perfect counterattacks were giving the lead to Depor and later the team spent the time defending before a grey rival that never gave the sense of danger, they just approached Lux in three free-kicks that didn’t have any consequence.

Depor bounced back from the defeat against Sporting Gijón with a new win on the road. This time the game was poor, but the Galicians were effective enough to seize two counterattacks ended by Cartabia and Fajr. A lesson of effectiveness with Depor only completing eight shots in the game, the lowest in this start of season.

Depor are now seventh at the standings in which continues to be a promising start to the season. Now the Galicians are hurrying up the trip back to A Coruña as on Sunday they have to face RCD Espanyol at the Riazor (16h00 CET).

Betis: (4-4-2) Adán – Piccini, Bruno, Westermann, Vargas – Joaquín, Xavi Torres (Renella 75’), Van Der Vaart (Ceballos 49’), Petros – Molina (Van Wolfswinkel 59’), Rubén Castro
Deportivo: (4-2-3-1) Lux – Laure, Sidnei, Arribas, Navarro – Juan Domínguez (Borges 59’), Mosquera – Cartabia (Juanfran 66’), Fajr, Luisinho – Jonathan (Lucas 63’)
Goals: 0-1: (54’) Cartabia, 1-1 (58’) Petros, 1-2: (72’) Fajr
Referee: Jesús Gil Manzano. He showed yellow card to Joaquín (27’), Piccini (43’), Jonathan (44’), Navarro (76’), Lux (79’), Laure (83’), Westermann (86’) and Luisinho (90+2’)
Venue: Benito Villamarín (37,051)
Other statistics: Ball possession (57% - 43%); Attempts to score (4 – 5); Total shots (8 - 8); Shots on target (1 - 3); Saves by the keepers (1 - 0); Corner-kicks (3 - 4); Offsides (5 - 1); Fouls committed (10 - 21); Passing accuracy (78% - 71%)




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