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03 Apr 2017
Deceiving result for what happened in the first half; Depor passed from the 0-1 to the 2-0 in weird circumstances. Later the Galicians had the usual bad performance towards the goal.

Coach Pepe Mel chose to play with Carles Gil as the right winger in the expected 4-4-2 formation. German Lux was the goalkeeper, Juanfran Moreno covered the right side in defence, Fernando Navarro performed on the left, while Raúl Albentosa and Sidnei Rechel were the centre-backs.

Álex Bergantiños and Guilherme were the centre midfielders, Carles Gil attacked from the right wing, Fayçal Fajr performed on the left flank, then Joselu Mato and Florin Andone were the centre forwards.

At Valencia CF, Voro presented the expected 4-3-3 formation. The references in attack were Munir, Zaza and Fabián Orellana. Midfielder Enzo Pérez was fit to play and was also a starter.

Unfaithful first part for Deportivo. A missed penalty, an error by the referee and two errors in defence, all of that within the first thirty minutes to put things uphill for a Deportivo that sunk watching the 2-0 in the scoresheet.

The first chance in the game came at minute 2, Zaza made the play for Valencia CF an assisted Orellana, but the low attempt by the ex-Celta player was an easy catch for Lux. Two minutes later it was Zaza who shot from inside the area and again Depor’s goalie got the ball.

Then it came two minutes that were a real nightmare for Depor, first the referee whistled a penalty of Montoya over Andone; Fajr missed the chance to claim the lead as his shot looking for the low corner was saved by local goalie Diego Alves. In the next play Carles Gil scored after collecting a loose ball inside the area, but it was disallowed for an inexistent offside.

And one minute later Valencia scored the first goal in the game. It was a free-kick in which Enzo Pérez hit the crossbar, the defence was so distracted that Ezequiel Garay was alone enough to push the ball in from the box.

In the following minutes Depor tried to push the equalizer, while Valencia CF were trying to recover the ball and launch quick attacks, so the match was entertaining. Andone was causing a lot of problems to Valencia’s defence, but later he didn’t have the needed support to create a scoring chance.

At minute 27, Lux made a new save after a strong and low shot by Gayá, and the second goal came in the resulting corner-kick. Lux should have went out for the ball, but instead he stayed at the goal line only to watch how Albentosa was heading the ball into his own net.

Depor felt the strike and had big problems in the next minutes, it was missing a lot of passes and suffered before the quick attacks by Valencia. Only a wide shot by Andone after a cross by Juanfran gave some problems to the local defence.

At least the Galicians looked dangerous within the final five minutes, their best chance was a solo-play by Carles Gil that ended with a curved shot that was deflected by Alves (42’).  Two minutes later Joselu didn’t control the ball properly at the left side of the area after a high cross from Juanfran.

Depor were much better in the final part, but it presented the same impotence towards the goal. Valencia were just standing there and only pushed within the final five minutes, enough to score one more goal and secure the points.

Pepe Mel ordered a substitution at half-time and Emre Çolak replaced Fajr, the Turkish was covering the left wing, but with freedom to move towards the centre. Depor were hurried within the first minutes, but at the same time it lacked speed to surprise the local defence.

At minute 50, Çolak could have scored in a direct free-kick that was saved by Alves. The attempt was looking for the top corner, but the Brazilian goalie deflected the ball. The visiting side started to have the ball possession, while Valencia CF were waiting for the counterattack.

Joselu could have scored at minute 56, but his low and crossed shot was saved by Alves. In the following minutes the impulse of Depor were lost and Valencia CF pushed a little stronger, they had two disallowed goals, one for an offside in a free-kick and later for a foul of Zaza before shooting on target from close range.

Mel tried to add freshness in attack and introduced Marlos Moreno, who replaced Álex. Depor were now playing with a 4-1-4-1 figure. Deportivo got a second impulse and Joselu was close to score in a one-on-one action saved by Alves (72’).

The first shot for Valencia in this half came until minute 79, Albentosa made a bad pass and Orellana assisted substitute Santi Mina, but the ex-Celta released a shot that was easy for Lux. In the next play Çolak sent the ball wide from the edge of the area.

Depor surrendered for the final ten minutes and it paid the price with the third goal, first Lux made two saves. In the first the low attempt by Santi Mina was saved by Depor’s goalie and was later sent wide by Garay (87’), two minutes later it was substitute João Cancelo with a low shot blocked by the Argentine goalie.

And Cancelo scored the third in the stoppage time, he collected the ball at the right wing, eluded Albentosa at ease and scored a wonderful goal through a curved shot into the far post of Lux. Unfortunately for him, Mestalla didn’t celebrated it as he made a bad gesture to the fans, who ended the game whistling against him.

Big loss, but deceiving. Neither Depor nor Valencia played well, and only the circumstances within the first 30 minutes defined in advance a game without depth. The Galicians tried in the second part, but without a convincing impulse before a rival that didn’t need too much for the third goal.

Now Depor are only five points above relegation after the draw of Sporting Gijón at Sevilla CF, and the next game arrives soon as Granada CF visit the Riazor on Wednesday (20h45 CET). Joselu will miss the game after picking a fifth yellow card on the season.

Valencia: (4-3-3) Diego Alves – Montoya, Abdennour, Garay, Gayá (Cancelo 82’) – Soler, Enzo Pérez (Siqueira 74’), Parejo – Munir, Zaza (Santi Mina 78’), Orellana.
Deportivo: (4-4-2) Lux – Juanfran, Albentosa, Sidnei, Navarro – Carles Gil, Álex Bergantiños (Marlos Moreno 70’), Guilherme, Fajr (Çolak 46’) – Joselu, Andone.
1-0: (9’) Garay, 2-0: (28’) Albentosa (o.g.), 3-0: (90+1’) Cancelo
Referee: Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea. He showed yellow card to Montoya (7’), Joselu (16’), Abdennour (50’) & Enzo Pérez (55’)
Venue: Mestalla (34,638)
Other statistics: Ball possession (46% - 54%); Attempts to score (7 – 6); Total shots (14 - 13); Shots on target (8- 5); Saves by the keepers (2 - 8); Corner-kicks (3 - 6); Offsides (2 - 3); Fouls committed (17 - 13); Passing accuracy (84% - 86%)



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