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26 Sep 2016
New defeat for Depor this time leaving a positive impression after a good first part and the suffering in the second with the expulsion of Fajr.

Coach Gaizka Garitano made five changes to the lineup that lost before CD Leganés; Laureano Sanabria ‘Laure’ was one of them as the captain was debuting on this season. Pedro Mosquera was a substitute for the first time since joining Depor. The draw continued to be a 4-2-3-1.

Lux was the goalkeeper, Laure covered the right side in defence, Fernando Navarro retuned to the left, Albentosa and Arribas were the centre-backs, Celso Borges and Guilherme were the centre midfielders, Borja Valle attacked from the right wing, Fajr did it from the left, Emre Çolak was the playmaker and Andone was the centre forward.

At Atlético, Diego Simeone presented some novelties, the main one was that Ángel Correa was joining Antoine Griezmann in attack. Augusto Fernandez was also a novelty as he joined Koke at midfield territory.

Photo: La Liga

Good first part for Deportivo; the Galicians only suffered in some punctual moments and, despite not creating too much in attack, it looked fine at the moment of passing the ball. But the half will be remembered more for the casualties as the Madrilenians lost two men due to injury reasons, while Fayçal Fajr was sent off at the last minute.

High pace at the start of the game, Atlético released a dangerous cross that didn’t find a receiver and Depor responded with a counterattack in which Çolak missed the target from the edge of the area (4’). At minute 10, Andone stole the ball in offense, but the referee whistled a foul over Giménez when the striker was attempting to shot on target.

Depor were looking pretty good, having things under control at defence and passing the ball at midfield led by Çolak, once again the Turkish was the better man at the team. The first chance of Atlético came at minute 20, Carrasco drilled the ball into the area and Griezmann was alone enough to cross Lux, but the ball went close to the post.

At minute 23, Atlético had a double chance that ended with Fajr clearing the danger before the attempt of Gaitán. Two minutes later Çolak completed the first shot on target for the Galicians, it was a drilling attempt blocked by Oblak. Griezmann had a second chance in the game after heading a cross from the left (36’), he barely appeared in this half as Depor were avoiding the crosses from the sides.

Atlético seemed to be pushing for the first goal at the end of the half, but Deportivo were feeling comfortable and cooled the local impulse. The Madrilenians were hammered by two injury cases that took place in the half (Augusto & Giménez), while Depor suffered an expulsion at the last minute.

Fayçal Fajr was sent off with two yellow cards. First he committed a harsh foul over substitute Lucas Hernández (38’), and eight minutes later he committed a foul at midfield that meant the second yellow.

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Things radically changed for the second part, with ten men on the pitch Depor lost the pause of the first half and the game turned into a harassment in which Atlético missed more freshness to define the plays. Still, Depor could have equalized the game at the last minute.

The second part started with Çolak missing the target from outside the area (46’), two minutes later Griezmann scored after collecting a loose ball as Lux couldn’t block the shot of Carrasco, but he was offside.

The numeric disadvantage was affecting Deportivo, the visiting side was having problems at the moment of the withdrawal and the cracks were found by Carrasco, who turned to be the most dangerous player at the local side. The Frenchman hit the post at minute 52 with a strong shot from the right side of the area.

Depor could have scored at minute 56, Borges headed the ball inside the area after a throw-in, but Lucas Hernández saved his team at the goal line, then Lux made two key saves. The main one was a header of Correa from the box (58’).

Luisinho replaced Andone and the harassment continued. Depor seemed at the mercy of the Madrilenians as they attempted countless crosses without any result.  Garitano tried to regain the control of midfield allowing the entry of Pedro Mosquera for Guilherme, but only a few minutes later Atlético scored the lonely goal in the match.

It was a play on the right wing in which Correa drilled the ball into the box and Antoine Griezmann just had to push the ball in. There was no reaction from Depor, though Garitano tried to refresh the attack with the entry of Ryan Babel for Navarro.

Atlético spent the last minutes administrating the narrow advantage until the final whistle. Depor’s players were tired (Arribas ended with cramps) and the team missed vision to pass the ball and launch the transition defence-attack. Still, Çolak had the chance to tie the match with a shot from the edge of the area that Godín cleared with the head inside the box (89’).

Good effort from Deportivo, but it wasn’t enough to get something from the Calderón. Deportivo looked fine in the first part, fresh with the rotations made by Garitano, but things radically changed in the second after the team ended with ten men as Fajr was sent off. Still, a narrow loss and with the chance to tie the score at the last minute.

Depor will now return to the Riazor after two straight losses in the competition and also after two straight home defeats. The next rival is Sporting Gijón (Saturday, 20h45 CET).

Atlético: (4-4-2) Oblak – Juanfran, Giménez (Lucas Hernández 35’), Godín, Filipe – Gaitán, Augusto (Gabi 18’), Koke, Carrasco (Sime 59’) – Griezmann, Correa.
Deportivo: (4-2-3-1) Lux – Laure, Albentosa, Arribas, Navarro (Babel 75’) – Borges, Guilherme (Mosquera 68’) – Borja Valle, Fajr, Çolak – Andone (Luisinho 58’).
Goal: 1-0: (70’) Griezmann
Referee: Jesús Gil Manzano. He showed yellow card to Lucas Hernández (42’), Çolak (56’) & Babel (84’). Fajr was sent off with two yellow cards (38’ & 45+1’)
Venue: Vicente Calderón (45,653)
Other statistics: Ball possession (67% - 33%); Attempts to score (8 – 3); Total shots (21 - 8); Shots on target (5 - 2); Saves by the keepers (1 - 4); Corner-kicks (10 - 0); Offsides (8 - 0); Fouls committed (13 - 19); Passing accuracy (88% - 71%)



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