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21 Jan 2019
Depor returned to winning ways in a game in which there was no suffering against a harmless Albacete. Cartabia made a great game and led the team.

Coach Natxo González sent the expected lineup for the game, and it was a switch in the system as Depor were now playing with a 4-3-3. The only novelty was to see Diego Caballo playing on the left side of the defence.

Dani Giménez was the starting keeper, David Simón covered the right side in defence, Caballo played on the left, while the centre-backs were Domingos Duarte and Pablo Mari. There was no diamond figure at midfield, but there were three centre midfielders at the starting team: Edu Expósito, Álex Bergantiños an Vicente Gómez. In attack, Fede Cartabia was attached to the right wing, Borja Valle played on the left and Quique González was the centre forward.

At Albacete Balompié, coach Iván Ramis presented the expected team with the only novelty of Eugeni Valderrama playing at midfield. Jérémie Bela and Roman Zozulya were the references in attack.

Cartabia commanded a Deportivo that didn’t find any opposition. The Galicians controlled the actions and could have scored more goals. The game started with Borja Valle having a good chance to score and visiting goalie Tomeu Nadal repealed the ball with the legs (1’). Despite the initial play, Albacete was having the ball and soon started to look for Jérémie Bela, though without consequences.

But Deportivo were having its opportunities, at minute 8, Cartabia missed the target in a direct free-kick. Throughout the game the visiting team had big problems containing the Argentine playmaker at the right wing. At minute 13, a crossed shot of Cartabia couldn’t be found by Borja Valle at the far post.

Cartabia had a new chance in a free-kick and this time it was goal, Edu Expósito was fouled at the edge of the area and the Argentine scored though a beautiful volley into the far post.  Without a doubt, Cartabia was the best player at the local team, Depor was a different team when the ball was at his boots.

At minute 28, he led a counterattack and assisted Quique González and the crossed shot of the striker was cleared to corner-kick by Tomeu Nadal. Three minutes later Vicente Gómez headed the ball into the box and Quique González was there to just push the ball in, but somehow he was unable to connect it.

The first opportunity for Albacete came at minute 35, a good combination on the left wing ended with Zozulya assisting Jérémie Bela inside the area, but later the attacker sent the ball wide. Álex Bergantiños could have scored at the last minute of the half, this after collecting a loose ball in a lateral free-kick, and his attempt hit the post after been deflected by Nadal.


Albacete tried to react, but it only completed one shot on target. Depor had a placid game that was crowned with a second goal. The final part started with Edu Expósito sending a shot that passed close to the crossbar after a pass from Cartabia (46’). 

Albacete made a step forward as it sought for the equalizer.  It just made the game quicker as Depor also continued to move fast in attack. In the end the visiting side only completed one shot on target in the whole meeting, a poor outcome for a direct rival that was coming after a streak of twelve games without defeats.

At minute 55, Borja Valle collected a loose ball in a lateral free-kick and his shot hit a defender.  Little by little the visiting side started to look more dangerous, but it missed that pass that could leave an attacker with a great chance to score.

 Christian Santos was the first substitution as he replaced Quique González. The latter had a new erratic game, though neither the Venezuelan added too much as he passed unnoticed in the minutes he spent on the pitch.

And Depor found the second goal to kill the game, after a lateral free-kick, Caballo got the ball at the left wing and drilled the ball into the area, Borja Valle was there to score through a drilling and crossed shot.

The game was placid within the final minutes, because Albacete was already defeated and their only change n this stage was a direct free-kick of Néstor Susaeta that missed the target. Carlos Fernández was the last substitution as he replaced a tired Cartabia, and he had the last opportunity in the game after heading out a cross from Caballo (85’).

The game was easier of what was expected, because Albacete never represented a problem and Depor was led by a great Cartabia. The Argentine playmaker not only scored a goal, but was also the best man in the game.

The result allows Depor to climb into the third position, the most important thing is that it allows to win the direct meeting with Albacete. The next game is the visit to Sporting Gijón (El Molinón, Sunday, 18h00 CET).

Deportivo: (4-3-3) Dani Giménez – David Simón, Domingos Duarte, Pablo Mari, Caballo – Edu Expósito, Álex Bergantiños, Vicente Gómez – Borja Valle, Quique González (Christian Santos 64’), Cartabia (Carlos Fernández 78’).
Albacete: (4-2-3-1) Tomeu Nadal – Tejero, Arroyo, Gentiletti, Olivera – Valderama (Álvaro Peña 71’), Mickaël Malsa – Bela, Eugeni, Acuña (Néstor Susaeta 64’) – Zozulya (Rey Manaj 79’).
Goals: 1-0: (19’) Cartabia, 2-0: (68’) Borja Valle
Referee: Iñaki Vicandi Garrido. He showed yellow card to Santiago Gentiletti (54’) & Tejero (69’)
Venue: Riazor (16,525)
Other statistics: Ball possession (58% - 42%); Attempts to score (7 – 1); Total shots (19 - 4); Shots on target (6 - 1); Saves by the keepers (1 - 4); Corner-kicks (3 - 0); Offsides (0 - 2); Fouls committed (18- 16); Passing accuracy (87% - 79%)



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