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REVIEW: ZARAGOZA 1 - DEPORTIVO 1 (LA LIGA)

27 Jan 2007
Deportivo achieved its third consecutive draw in la liga, but this time the Galicians suffered for it. A ball hitting the post during the last minutes and the saves of Aouate are meaning a point for Depor. Zaragoza deserved a better result, but it must be said that the goal of the home side arrived in a inexistent penalty of Taborda. The Uruguayan was sent off for this action, but he also scored the goal for Caparr??s's team.

BEFORE THE GAME
There were no surprises in the starting lineups. Caparr??s only made two substitutions into his 4-4-2 formation: Filipe for Capdevila, and Taborda for Riki. Two modifications forced by suspension. In Zaragoza, D'Alessandro started on the bench, while Lafita covered his place on the pitch. Sergio Garc?­a and Diego Milito was the couple of strikers chosen by the coach V?­ctor Fern??ndez.  

FIRST HALF
Zaragoza dominated the game since the first minutes, but the pressure ordered by Caparr??s blocked the game of Aimar and Lafita. During the first 20 minutes, the only clear chance for the home side was a shot of Lafita that passed near to the left post. Los Ma?±os were having a lot of troubles in order to generate occasions to score and they only created troubles in a couple of corner-kicks. Meanwhile, Depor was waiting for a chance.

And that opportunity arrived at minute 21. Estoyanoff controlled a ball on the right wing, then he passed it to Arizmendi who sent a cross from the corner, the ball was headed by Sebasti??n Taborda on the penalty spot and ended at the bottom of the net. It's the first goal in this liga season for the Uruguayan striker.

The following minutes were really exciting. One minute later Pablo Aimar failed in a one-to-one action against Aoutae; the Israeli keeper started to be the hero in his team after he stopped the effort of the Argentinean. One minute later, Arizmendi was near to scoring for the visitors with a shot that was blocked by C?©sar.

Then the game became blocked and without any novelties. The pressure of Duscher and De Guzm??n was giving a lot of troubles to the home side, and Zaragoza was only able to create some danger with Lafita, but Aouate and his line of defenders never gave an opportunity to V?­ctor Fern??ndez's squad.

SECOND HALF
Both coaches made substitutions that were important in this game. Duscher ended the first half injured and was replaced by Juan Rodr?­guez. While V?­ctor Fern??ndez sent ?“scar and D'Alessandro in order to give more weight to the attacks of his team. With the absence of Duscher, Depor lost the control in midfield and Zaragoza gained more creativity with Oscar and D'Alessandro on the pitch.

For this reasons the home side became the owner of the game and also of the best occasions to score. But Dudu Aouate and the posts became the protagonist of the game. First Aouate stopped a dangerous free-kick from D'Alessandro, and repeated this performance in a double action in Depor's area that was for Diego Milito.

Caparr??s saw how things became complicated. For that reason he decided to replace Cristian with Albert Lopo. The defensive movement meant that the Galicians started to play with a line of five defenders, and with the trio Arbeloa-Andrade-Lopo in the centre.

Later Aouate blocked two new attempts from Zapater and  ?“scar. The ex-Racing keeper was without doubt the best player in Deportivo since he made 17 saves during the whole game. But it wasn't enough, at minute 76 Arbeloa committed a foul on Serg?­o Garc?­a.  D'Alessandro took the free-kick and sent a wonderful shot that Aouate couldn't reach, but the ball hit the right post and started to dance over the goal line. Diego Milito was there and fell down when Taborda was trying to clear the ball.

Referee Alvarez Izquierdo called the penalty and showed a red card to the Uruguayan striker. The images of the TV showed later that it wasn't a penalty. The same Diego Milito scored the equaliser and Zaragoza started to search the victory with twelve minutes remaining on the clock.

And the home side was near to fulfilling the mission. Six minutes before the end, ?“scar assisted D'Alessandro and the Argentinean lifted the ball over Aouate, but it ended in the right post and later the danger was cleared by the defenders. It was the final chance for Zaragoza.

AFTER THE GAME

Zaragoza deserved the win, although the goal of the home side arrived in an inexistent penalty. The fist half was controlled by Deportivo, but the changes ordered by V?­ctor Fern??ndez and the exit of Duscher changed the scenario for the second part. The home side became more dangerous and only the good work of aouate avoided the first defeat for Depor in 2007.

Deportivo continues with its positive run and accumulated one win and three draws in the new year. But the situation continues to be complicated, The difference with the relegation zone continues to be of four points, while the distance with Europe is still the same (nine points). Now Depor has to receive Mallorca on the next Saturday. A key match since Gregorio Manzano's team has the same points than Depor (23). Arbeloa will miss this game since he saw his fifth yellow card of the season.

But before that, Depor has to play the first-leg in the copa del rey quarterfinals. The match will take place on Wednesday at the Riazor and the rival is Vallodolid, the leader in Segunda. Taborda won't be able to play since he saw a red card against Zaragoza, but the Uruguayan would be eligible to participate in the game with Mallorca.

MATCH STATISTICS
Zaragoza: C?©sar - Chus Herrero, Sergio Fern??ndez, Gabriel Milito, Juanfran - Piqu?© (?“scar 46'), Zapater - Lafita (D'Alessandro 46'), Aimar (Long??s 64'), Sergio Garc?­a - Diego Milito.  
Deportivo: Aouate - Manuel Pablo, Arbeloa, Andrade, Filipe - Estoyanoff (Verd?? 73'), Duscher (Juan Rodr?­guez 46'), De Guzm??n, Cristian (Lopo 61') - Arizmendi, Taborda.  
Goals: 0-1: (21') Taborda, 1-1: (79') Diego Milito (penalty).
Referee: Alvarez Izquierdo. He showed yellow card to Juan Rodr?­guez (56'), Andrade (70'), Arbeloa (76'), Manuel Pablo (84'), Arizmendi (87') and Aouate (89'). Taborda was sent off (77')
Venue: La Romareda (26,000).
Other statistics: Ball possession (6% - 34%); Shots (25 - 5); Shots on goal (10 - 2); Corner-kicks (12 - 2) Offsides (0 - 0); Fouls (11 - 19).

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