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18 Mar 2018
Misery at the Riazor. Depor had the opportunities, but only added a point in a game that had two future clubs going down to Segunda.

Coach Clarence Seedorf presented the expected 4-4-2 formation. Rubén Martínez covered the goal, Juanfran Moreno performed at the right-back position, Fernando Navarro played at the left, then the centre-backs were Raúl Albentosa and Sidnei Rechel.

At midfield territory, there was a diamond figure composed by Sulleyman Muntari, Guilherme, Emre Çolak and Adrián López. In attack the couple was Lucas Pérez and Florin Andone.

At UD Las Palmas, Paco Jémez was playing with Javi Castellano and Alberto Aquilani as starters in midfield. Jonathan Calleri, Alen Halilović and ex-Depor Jerónimo Figueroa ‘Momo’ were the references in attack.

Errors at both sides in a clear reflection of their position at the standings, Deportivo suffered in the counterattack and Las Palmas in the corner-kicks. Depor had more chances and could reach the pause with the advantage.

The game started with the goal for UD Las Palmas. Muntari failed a pass as he was searching for Navarro at the left wing, the Andalusian was too passive as he reacted too late, Alen Halilovićpicked the ball and ran towards the goa until releasing a low shot into the far post of Rubén Martínez.

Just four minutes later the same man attempted the same play, this time firing into the near post, but he missed the target.  The Galicians were again trailing and again lasted in reacting. The first approximation for Depor came at minute 20, it was a lateral free-kick of Lucas that visiting goalie Chichizola caught with some problems.

And then the equalizer arrived, after two straight corners, Lucas sent a cross that Albentosa headed into the near post. Just one minute later, Andone could have scored the second, but his deflection after a cross from Juanfran went close to the far post (22’).

UD Las Palmas was creating damage with the counterattack lead by Halilović, while Depor were dangerous in corner-kicks. At minute 30, Depor had a double chance after a corner-kick. The cross from Lucas was close to enter, but Chichizola cleared the ball, in the next play Muntari fired from outside the area and the visiting goalie made the save at the far post.

The half ended with both sides pushing, but without clear opportunities. Çolak ended dizzy after the final whistle. He had a collision with Michel Macedo at the beginning of the game and was wearing a hat for protection.

The positive feelings of the first part were wiped off in the second half.  Both teams did nothing, only Depor had some opportunities at the end, but the tie prevailed, also the feeling that these two teams deserve the relegation.

The final part started with a low pace, Depor were having problems to created scoring chances, while Las Palmas had more pause, but lacked pace. The first chance to score came at minute 53, it was a direct free-kick in which Lucas hit the crossbar.

It was a clear chance, but the problem was that the occasions were scarce and Depor never left the impression of been pushing for the victory. Las Palmas had a great chance at minute 59, again a counterattack with Halilović as the protagonist. Albentosa slipped and when the Croatian was close to score, his shot was deflected by Sidnei to corner-kick.

Depor weren’t creating anything in attack and Seedorf lasted in reacting. The first modification was the entry of Bakkali for Çolak. Then Borges claimed the spot of Borges. Depor didn’t improve with the changes and each second it was clear that the tie was going to prevail.

Still, the locals had four opportunities within the final twenty minutes. First, a cross from Lucas in a lateral free-kick hit the head of Andone and the ball went out (72)’. Then Borges released a low cross from the left and the header of Lucas went out (81’).

A desperate Depor tried in the final minutes, Carles Gil replaced Lucas, then Sidnei headed a lateral free-kick, his header was going in and Chichizola made the save at the goal line (87’). The game ended with a low shot from Bakkali that went out (90+1’), plus two straight corner-kicks for Depor that ended in nothing.

Depor remain winless, a new error at the beginning put the game uphill, but the Galicians scored an early equalizer and had enough chances to claim the victory, but in the end all the chances were missed at the relegation seems a matter of time.

And it’s that the victory of Levante UD is leaving the permanence at 7 points with 9 matchdays remaining. There’s a pause now for the international break, the next game is the visit to Atlético Madrid (April 1, 20h45 CET).

Deportivo: (4-4-2) Rubén Martínez - Juanfran, Sidnei, Albentosa, Navarro – Adrián, Muntari (Borges 74’), Çolak (Bakkali 70’), Guilherme – Lucas (Carles Gil 83’), Andone.
Las Palmas: (4-3-2-1) Chichizola – Macedo (David Simón 58’), David García, Ximo Navarro, Aguirregaray –Vicente Gómez (Tana 76’), Aquilani, Javi Castellano – Halilović, Momo – Calleri (Erik Expósito 63’).
Goals: 0-1: (3’) Halilović, 1-1: (22’) Albentosa
Referee: Juan Martínez Munuera. He showed yellow card to Momo (19’), Navarro (27’), Muntari (47’), Javi Castellano (53’), David Simón (64’), Guilherme (84’)
Venue: Riazor (18,942)
Other statistics: Ball possession (46% - 54%); Attempts to score (10 – 4); Total shots (13 - 8); Shots on target (3- 1); Saves by the keepers (0 - 2); Corner-kicks (9 - 2); Offsides (0 - 4); Fouls committed (24 - 12); Passing accuracy (73% - 76%)



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