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17 Feb 2019
Disappointing result for a Deportivo that saw itself with the three points in the bag, but that allowed a late goal after having countless opportunities. New game with the team dropping points at home against rivals at the bottom.

Saúl García started on the left side of the defence and it was the only novelty at the expected lineup of coach Natxo González. Fabril’s Jonathan Montiel was on the bench, which meant that for the first time on the liga season there was a B team member in a final list.

Dani Giménez was the starting goalie, David Simón covered the right side of the defence, Saúl played on the left, the central positions were for Michele Somma and Pablo Mari. The centre midfielders were Álex Bergantiños and Didier Moreno. Fede Cartabia covered the right wing, Borja Valle attacked from the left flank, Edu Expósito was the playmaker and Quique González was the centre forward.

At Gimnástic Tarragona, coach Enrique Martín presented the expected 4-2-3-1 formation. Right-back Josema Fernández was making his debut with the team. Ousseynou Thioune, Gonzalo Ávila ‘Pipa’ and Luis Suárez were the offensive references. Winter signings José Kanté and Miguel Palanca were on the bench.

Not a good first part for Depor, Cartabia and Edu Expósito weren’t appearing, so the game fell in the boots of Somma and Didier Moreno. The rival barely attacked, but the local team only had three chances.

The game had a slow start. Deportivo were having the ball, but later the local team lacked ideas to create a scoring opportunity. Meanwhile, Gimnástic Tarragona tried to play on the counterattack, but later they were barely passing midfield territory.

Depor’s first approximation was a play of Cartabia inside the area that the Argentine playmaker couldn’t resolve (14’). Four minutes later the locals had their first big opportunity, Borja Valle collected a bad clearance at the edge of the area and his shot was saved by visiting goalie Bernabé Barragán.

Then Depor started to have opportunities. At minute 20, Cartabia collected a cross from Saúl, but he sent the ball out from inside the area. Just one minute later Quique González found a loose ball inside the area and ended sending the ball out.

But that was a mirage, because Deportivo became a team without ideas. Nástic’s first chance was a corner-kick in which Noguera sent the ball out (31’). The locals weren’t suffering in defence, but later they neither were creating problems against a rival that had enough trying to connect three straight passes.

The only chance to score within the final ten minutes was for Nástic. Javi Márquez made a shot blocked by Dani Giménez (37’). The offensive game was jammed for Depor, to the point that centre-back Michele Somma made the double of passes (46) than Borja Valle (23) and Cartabia (24).

Switching half. The start was optimistic for the fans, because Depor scored and had several chances to increase the lead, but things ended in a drama after the Galicians wasted the advantage against a terrible rival that was lucky in two plays at the end of the game.

The second part started with a chance for Nástic in a set-piece, Gonzalo Ávila ‘Pipa’ had a shot blocked (46’) and, in the next play, Depor scored.  David Simón assisted Edu Expósito and the ex-Fabril made a great play inside the area, dribbling a rival and firing a strong shot that went into the top corner.

Depor were waking up and Quique González had the chance to score the second with a crossed shot saved by Bernabé Barragán (52’). Just two minutes later, the keeper saved a short-range attempt of Cartabia and then Quique González found the loose ball, but the striker missed the target.

Nástic’s first chance in the half was a long-distance attempt of Mikel Villanueva that was blocked by Dani Giménez (57’). Edu Expósito had the next opportunity for the locals with a low attempt saved by Bernabé Barragán (60’).
Depor were looking very different to the one of the first half, the opportunities were arriving and a lot had to do with the fact that the goal arrived early in the half. Jonathan Montiel was the first substitution for Depor, the playmaker was debuting with the first team and his first appearance was a cross that Borja Valle almost connected at the far post (66’)

Christian Santos was the second substitution as he replaced Quique González. The top-scorer returned to be an ineffective player, but neither the entry of the Venezuelan changed the things. At this point Los Blanquiazules have had enough chances to claim a bigger lead, but Depor started to fade away for the final twenty minutes

Nástic tried to attack, at minute 72, substitute Kanté attempted a low shot that was blocked by Dani Giménez. The debutant was going to be determinant as he started to find Luis Suárez in attack. Nástic improved, but still they were going to need some good luck to rescue something from the game, and they found two lucky plays that changed the result.

The last substitution for Depor was the entry of Diego Caballo for Didier Moreno, and then the Catalans scored the equalizer. Álex Bergantiños lost the ball at midfield and Kanté made the play and assisted Luis Suárez, who scored from close range with the ball been deflected by Pablo Mari.

The equalizer fired the rage at the Riazor and the last minutes were frantic. Montiel assisted David Simón and his low shot was deflected and hit the post (85’). That was the second lucky play that favoured Nástic. Also, that play ended in a corner-kick and in the counterattack Pipa incredible wasted the winning goal after been assisted by Kanté, but his shot went out when he was alone against Dani Giménez. so, Gimnástic, without doing too much, could have earned the three points.

The last chance in the game was for Deportivo and it was a combinative play in which Borja Valle tried to score when he should have assisted Christian Santos, instead his attempt went over the crossbar (90+2’).

Bad result for a Deportivo that was better, but that didn’t capitalize the opportunities that they had in order to increase the lead. The rival, with only four chances to score, managed to scratch a point and was even close to win the match. Edu Expósito scored and Jonathan Montiel debuted with the first team.

 It’s a new wasted chance to reach the first two places, and now Deportivo face a new tough visit as the Galicians have to visit direct rival Málaga CF (La Rosaleda, Sunday, 18h00 CET). Didier Moreno is suspended for his game after seeing a fifth yellow card in this match.

Deportivo: (4-2-3-1) Dani Giménez – David Simón, Somma, Pablo Mari, Saúl – Álex Bergantiños, Didier Moreno (Caballo 82’) – Cartabia (Jonathan Montiel 65’), Edu Expósito, Borja Valle - Quique González (Christian Santos 72’).
Gimnástic: (4-2-3-1) Bernabé - Salva, Noguera, Mikel Villanueva, Josema (Pol Valentín 69’) - Imanol, Cotán (José Kanté 55’) – Pipa, Thioune, Javi Márquez (Berat Sadik 65’) - Luis Suárez.
Goals: 1-0: (48’) Edu Expósito, 1-1: (83’) Luis Suárez
Referee: César Soto Grado. He showed yellow card to Javier Márquez (24’), Cotán (27’), Ousseynou Thioune (61’) & Didier Moreno (70’)
Venue: Riazor (17,102)
Other statistics: Ball possession (70% - 30%); Attempts to score (10 – 4); Total shots (15 - 10); Shots on target (6 - 4); Saves by the keepers (3 - 5); Corner-kicks (6 - 1); Offsides (2 - 4); Fouls committed (12- 15); Passing accuracy (88% - 75%)



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