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24 Oct 2016
Celta were better, but it was an excessive punishment for a Deportivo that managed to tie the score at the end of the first half to end losing in the second after playing better. A penalty and the counterattack killed Garitano’s team.

Coach Gaizka Garitano surprised with a 4-4-2 formation. Emre Çolak wasn’t a starter and even was left out of the bench, while Dutchman Ryan Babel was making his first appearance as a starter on the season.

Lux was the goalkeeper, Juanfran returned to the right side in defence, Fernando Navarro played on the left, Sidnei and Albentosa were the centre-backs, Guilherme and Pedro Mosquera were the centre midfielders. Bruno Gama attacked from the right wing, Fayçal Fajr did it from the left, then Babel played behind Florin Andone.

At RC Celta, coach Eduardo Berizzo presented the expected squad with the novelty of Daniel Wass performing at midfield instead of Marcelo Díaz. The references in attack were Orellana, Pablo Hernández, Bongonda and Iago Aspas.

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Deportivo had big problems in this half and at times were at the mercy of Celta, but managed to reach half-time with a 1-1 score thanks to an accurate free-kick. The team improved within the last ten minutes and was even close to score a second goal.

Celta dominated the match since the kick-off; Depor had problems controlling the ball and relied in the direct game without any success. Meanwhile, RC Celta was moving the ball in the attacking half, but Los Celestes were unable to complete a shot within the first twelve minutes.

The first goal attempt in the game came at minute 12, Hugo Mallo released a cross from the right and Daniel Wass headed the ball on target, then Lux made a big save clearing the ball over the crossbar.

Garitano’s plan wasn’t working, neither Guilherme nor Mosquera were feeling comfortable on the pitch; the latter was the player with less touches in this first half (15), later Bruno Gama and Fajr weren’t appearing as the long throws from the defence were always intercepted by Celta.

Depor’s first approximation was a bad pass at the back zone of Celta that was intercepted by Bruno Gama, but later the shot by the Portuguese winger was blocked (21’). The locals continued dominating the actions, but at the middle of the half they have just completed two shots.

The pace of the game was low since minute 25, but Celta managed to score in a great play by Orelllana. The Chilean, who was the best player in the first half, collected at high pass at the left side of the defence, he eluded Navarro and drilled the ball into the box, Hugo Mallo was at the right corner and scored with a strong shot past Lux.

Depor had played a poor first half, but managed to tie the score through their best resource in this game: the set-pieces. After four lateral free-kicks, Fajr released a perfect cross from the left and Albentosa headed the ball backwards past Sergio Álvarez.

The goal affected Celta as Depor, after a poor start, were even close to score the second within the final five minutes. The main chance came at the last minute after a solo-play by Andone ended with a low shot that Guilherme couldn’t deflect when he was alone inside the box.

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Deportivo improved in this half, but ended conceding three goals. Los Blanquiazules were better within the first fifteen minutes, but fell down after the penalty of Sidnei. The counterattacks killed a depressed team in the last stretch.

Celta started the half pressing up front and Cabral could have scored in a corner-kick action, but he missed the target (47’). Depor’s first approximation came in a lateral free-kick of Fajr that no one was able to translate into a shot on target (50’).

Depor were much better in this second part, within the first fifteen minutes Celta were even locked at their zone, but later came the play of the penalty. A cross from the left was deflected by Sidnei with the hand and referee Álvarez Izquierdo whistled the penalty, curiously he showed the red card to the Brazilian and later changed the decision.

Iago Aspas scored from the spot and Garitano made the first change as Marlos Moreno replaced Bruno Gama.  The main source of danger for Depor continued to be the free-kicks, at minute 75, Guilherme hit the wall in a direct free-kick at the edge of the area, the rebound was found by Fajr and his low shot passed close to the near post.

Then Depor made the second change and Carles Gil replaced Babel. The Dutchman only touched the ball in 23 opportunities, but his sacrifice in defence was important. Gil reappeared after two months off and he wasn’t noticed.

Depor started to feel hurried and it was then when the debacle arrived as the visiting side suffered the counterattack from Celta. The third goal came after Depor lost the ball at midfield and Jonny made the run on the left wing, his cross was met by Orellana, who headed the ball before a passive Lux.

The team was already defeated and ended allowing a fourth goal, again in a counterattack after a long throw from Sergio Álvarez, the defence was too slow and the passive mark of Navarro allowed Iago Aspas to seize the occasion with a low shot into the near post of Lux.

Ironically Deportivo lost the derby in a second half in which the performance of the team was better. In the first Los Blanquiazules were at the mercy of Celta and only the continuous lateral free-kicks allowed a surprising equalizer at the end of the first part and could have even scored a second goal. In the final pert Depor were better than the rival, but a penalty changed the tide and the counterattacks provoked an excessive punishment.

After losing back-to-back games allowing eight goals, Depor are out of the relegation zone only by the goal difference. On next Monday the team returns to the Riazor in order to host Valencia CF (20h45 CET).

Celta: (4-2-3-1) Sergio Álvarez – Hugo Mallo, Roncaglia, Cabral, Jonny – Wass, Radoja – Orellana (Pione Sisto 89’), Pablo Hernández, Bongonda (Marcelo Díaz 74’) – Iago Aspas (Rossi 87’).
Deportivo: (4-4-2) Lux – Juanfran, Albentosa, Sidnei, Navarro – Bruno Gama (Marlos Moreno 65’), Guilherme (Borges 80’), Mosquera, Fajr – Babel (Carles Gil 73’), Andone.
Goals: 1-0: (31’) Hugo Mallo, 1-1: (37’) Albentosa, 2-1: (60’) Aspas (penalty), 3-1: (77’) Orellana, 4-1: (83’) Aspas
Referee: Alfonso Javier Álvarez Izquierdo. He showed yellow card to Albentosa (30’), Hugo Mallo (40’), Guilherme (55’), Lux (58’), Sidnei (58’), Pablo Hernández (67’), Orellana (70’) & Mosquera (74’)
Venue: Balaídos (21,000)
Other statistics: Ball possession (55% - 45%); Attempts to score (7 – 3); Total shots (9 - 11); Shots on target (7 - 1); Saves by the keepers (0 - 3); Corner-kicks (5 - 4); Offsides (2 - 1); Fouls committed (17 - 15); Passing accuracy (75% - 70%)



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