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08 Sep 2019
Not a good game by Depor, but the Galicians didn’t deserve to lose, especially for the polemic calls of the referees using the VAR.

Coach Juan Antonio Anquela allowed the debut of three of the deadline day signings, including Víctor Mollejo, who just completed one training session with the team after joining the team on Friday. The other debutants were Javi Montero and Salva Ruiz.

Dani Giménez covered the goal, David Simón played at the right side in defence, the left was for Luis Ruiz. Vassilios Lampropoulos and Montero performed at the central positions. Midfield was territory for Vicente Gómez and Álex Bergantiños. Mollejo attacked from the right wing, Borja Galán did it from the left, Ager Aketxe was the playmaker and Mamadou Koné was the centre forward.

At Albacete Balompié, coach Luis Miguel Ramis presented novelties in attack as his team was trying to end the lack of goals. Roberto Olabe started in the playmaking function, while Néstor Susaeta attacked from the right wing. The other references in attack were Dani Ojeda and Roman Zozulia.

Not a good first half at the Riazor, Deportivo didn’t face too many problems as Albacete were too passive, but neither the Galicians did too much in attack, only the set-pieces of Aketxe created problems to the visiting team.

Depor lacked depth within the first minutes, the Galicians were trying to practice combinative football, but later missed too many passes. At least the players were putting a high pressure and Albacete had big problems to step into the local side of the field. There was a possible penalty at the first minute with an acrobatic attempt of Javi Montero in which he was close to connect Zozulia, the referee didn’t use the VAR, but at least seemed like an indirect free-kick action.

The game continued to be stuck, with Deportivo having the ball and with good runs by Mollejo, but the team lacked ideas and more aim to end creating goal opportunities. With the passage of the minutes Albacete ended locked at their side of the pitch and Depor had the game where it wanted, but it wasn’t creating scoring chances.

And the only way to see a scoring chance came through the set-pieces. The first chance to score came until minute 27, it was a direct free-kick of Aketxe in which he hit the crossbar (27’). The same Aketxe had a new chance in a free-kick, and this time visiting goalie Tomeu Nadal made the save (34’).

The three new arrivals had a good performance in this half. Javi Montero left a positive impression, solid in defence and with a good output of the ball. Salva Ruiz didn’t have problems on the left, while Mollejo was the most active player in attack together with Aketxe.

The half ended with a great chance to score for Albacete. A long throw from Nadal was poorly cleared by Montero, he ended assisting Olabe, who released a low cross that Dani Ojeda met at the box, and he sent the ball over the crossbar (43’).

Albacete only had a chance and it scored a goal thanks to a polemic call from VAR, Depor met the post and the frustration of not been able to create scoring chances until the final minutes, time when the locals harassed Albacete.

The final part started with a good collective play for Deportivo, Salva Ruiz made a good cross on the left, but no one collected the ball at the box and later Aketxe lost control of it (46’). Once again the locals showed some spirit in the initial minutes, but later the team was lacking depth in attack.

At least Koné was appearing, something that didn’t happen in the first half. The Ivorian attacker had a couple of plays at the start of the half that gave problems to the visiting defence. But Anquela wasn’t impressed with his performance and was the first player going out, Christian Santos entered for him.

The second substitution was the entry of Saša Jovanovic, the Serbian debuted replacing Borja Galán. The ex-Fabril had a bad game, he failed in almost all the plays in which he participated and Anquela sought for more depth in attack. But neither Jovanovic offered more, the new signing didn’t do too much and was frequently losing the ball.

So, Aketxe continued to be the one having the opportunities, his next chance was a low shot that was caught by Nadal (65’). Then the polemic calls occurred. The first polemic play came at minute 69, Salva Ruiz released a cross from the left, Mollejo headed the ball on target and it hit the crossbar, then the same player collected the loose ball and scored, but the referee whistled a doubtful foul over Nadal. And he didn’t want to use the VAR to have a second opinion despite the local players requested it. The true is that Mollejo didn’t touch the keeper as he collected the loose ball.

And the outrage at the stadium was bigger as one minute later the referee conceded a penalty to Albacete. It was a polemic call in a lateral free-kick, the ball hit the body of David Simón, the referee called the penalty after using the VAR and after re-watching the play for five minutes.

Susaeta seized the chance from the penalty spot and that was the only thing that they needed in order to win the game. Anquela sent Beto da Silva to replace Vicente and Depor started the harassment over Albacete, side that ended with ten men after Fran García was sent out with two yellow cards.

Truly it wasn’t a good game for Depor, but the Galicians didn’t deserve to lose, and they have two big chances to tie the game. In the first Christian Santos headed out a cross from Álex when the attacker was alone and backwards the goal (90’), and in the added time Beto da Silva met the crossbar after a low cross from David Simón (90+2’).

Third straight defeat for Deportivo, and it was painful as the Galicians didn’t deserve to lose. Actually, they did more to win the game: three shots that hit the posts and one disallowed goal, while the only chances to score for Albacete came after an error of Depor’s defence and the polemic call of the penalty. The five signings made on deadline day debuted with the team.

Depor will end the matchday closer to the relegation zone than to the promotion places. And next week will be complicated with three games to be played in a frame of six days, the next one is the tough visit to Sporting Gijón (Sunday, 21h00 CET).

Deportivo: (4-2-3-1) Dani Giménez – David Simón, Lampropoulos, Javi Montero, Salva Ruiz – Álex Bergantiños, Vicente Gómez (Beto da Silva 78’) – Mollejo, Aketxe, Borja Galán (Saša Jovanovic 63’) – Koné (Christian Santos 58’).
Albacete: (4-2-3-1) Tomeu Nadal - Benito, Arroyo, Kecojević (Caro 65’), Fran García – Barri, Azamoum (Eddy Silvestre 63’) - Susaeta, Olabe (Capezzi 85’), Dani Ojeda - Zozulia.
Goal: 0-1: (75’) Susaeta (penalty)
Referee: Luis Mario Milla Alvendiz. He showed yellow card to Kecojević (27’), Olabe (38’), Barri (52’) & David Simón (74’). Fran García was sent out with two yellow cards (76’ & 83’)
VAR Official: Víctor Areces Franco. The VAR conceded a penalty to Albacete after the ball hit David Simón in the arm (75’).
Venue: Riazor (15,249)
Other statistics: Ball possession (60% - 40%); Attempts to score (6 – 2); Total shots (19 - 11); Shots on target (7 - 1); Saves by the keepers (0 - 7); Corner-kicks (3 - 1); Offsides (2 - 0); Fouls committed (14 – 17); Passing accuracy (84% - 76%)



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