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20 Jan 2020
New victory for Deportivo, this time the victim was the leader in the competition. It was a smart game for the Galicians, without too many depth in attack, but knowing when to strike a leader with doubts.

Coach Fernando Vázquez continued playing with a line of five defenders. The competition committee didn’t lift the red card over Emre Çolak, so the Turkish playmaker stayed out of the game. New signing Claudio Beauvue started on the bench and Víctor Mollejo was the left winger in the formation.

Dani Giménez was the goalkeeper, Eneko Bóveda covered the right side in defence, Salva Ruiz performed on the left flank. The centre-backs were Michelle Somma, Mujaid Sadick and Javier Montero. Peru Nolaskoain and Gaku Shibasaki played at midfield, Ager Aketxe attacked from the right wing, Mollejo did it from the left and Sabin Merino was the centre forward.

At Cádiz CF, coach Álvaro Cervera chose to play with Nano Mesa on the right wing leaving Iván Alejo on the bench. The other references in attack were Álex Fernández Alberto Perea and Choco Lozano.

Decent first half by Deportivo. The Galicians didn’t suffer in defence, and they had a couple of opportunities in attack. But what the locals missed was more depth and ideas to penetrate a defensive line that never suffered.

The game started with a high pressure by Cádiz CF, but Depor were also having arrivals. Gaku (1’) and Merino (5’) had some approximations that didn’t end in shots on target. At minute 10, Choco Lozano found a cross from the left, but he barely touched the ball and it went out.

Fernando Vázquez had to make an early change as Salva Ruiz got injured [the club reported later that it was a hamstring injury on his right leg], and the left-back was replaced by Luis Ruiz. In the following play Garrido headed the ball out during a corner-kick action (16’). That was the best chance for the Andalusians in the first part.

Depor were controlling the attacks of Cádiz CF, but later it was unable to break the visiting wall. At minute 22, a cross from Bóveda hit the arm of a defender when he was stepping inside the area, but the referee didn’t whistle what it seemed to be a clear penalty.

The only way to create danger was in set-pieces. At minute 26, Aketxe attempted in a direct free-kick action, but his volley went close to the near post. Two minutes later Depor created the first scoring chance in a normal play, it was a cross of Gaku that Sabin Merino headed out.

The last fifteen minutes were boring, because both defensive lines imposed their superiority and there were no scoring opportunities. Actually, the first half ended with both teams unable to complete a shot on target.

The final part was perfect for Deportivo, not for its offensive game, but for its intelligence. The Galicians attacked when Cádiz CF were looking weaker and found a goal, later the locals spent the time defending the result against an impotent rival.

The second half was following the same script. Depor and Cádiz CF were having long ball possessions but later these possessions didn’t end in shots on target. The first approximation in this half for Cádiz CF came at minute 55, it was a low attempt by Álex Fernández that was an easy catch for Dani Giménez.

Then Depor started to push forward and Cádiz CF ended locked at their side of the pitch and only beating in the counterattack. The Galicians were finding the ball as the Andalusians started to make mistakes at their own side of the field, but later these actions ended in nothing as Mollejo, Bóveda and Luis Ruiz were finding the way to assist Sabin Merino. But something was changed in favour of the locals.

Depor were outplaying Cádiz CF and the visiting side made a change in order to recover midfield territory, Jorge Pombo entered for a Choco Lozano that was missing in the second half, so Nano Mesa was now the centre forward.

But that modification didn’t have time to work out, because the locals found the goal. It was a long ball possession by Depor that ended with Gaku drilling the ball inside the area and Sabin Merino scored with a drilling attempt. It was the reward for a team that knew when to strike, because this was the lowest moment of the Andalusians.

The game became open after the goal, and it was because Depor allowed it. Cádiz CF started to push and Iván Alejo entered in order to reinforce the attack, but Depor were finding cracks at the back, one of them was almost seized by Aketxe, who missed the target firing from the edge of the area (69’).

The second change at Depor was the entry of Vicente Gómez for Mollejo, Claudio Beauvue was going to debut, but the last change was the entry of Álex Bergantiños for Peru Nolaskoain, who left the game injured.

The final fifteen minutes witness the growth of Cádiz CF, side that got the ball possession and it was the frame in which the Andalusians completed their only two shots on target in the game, both completed by Alfonso Espino (80’ & 86’), but the true is that Dani Giménez was never forced to make a save. Depor ended the game with less ball possession than the rival, but that was the product of the strategy of giving up the ball to see the rival drowned in their attempt to tie the actions.

Deportivo played a smart game, it attacked when Cádiz CF were tired and scored the decisive goal, later the Galicians gave the ball away and left the desperation to consume a leader that’s losing steam. And that taking in mind that two of the modifications had to be made due to injury reasons.

This the fourth straight victory for Deportivo. Los Blanquiazules could end the matchday out of the drop zone, the next game is the visit to Albacete Balompié (Sunday, 16h00 CET). Peru Nolaskoain will miss the game due to suspension.

Deportivo: (5-4-1) Dani Giménez – Bóveda, Somma, Mujaid, Montero, Salva Ruiz (Luis Ruiz 16’) – Aketxe, Nolaskoain (Álex Bergantiños 85’), Gaku Shibasaki, Mollejo (Vicente Gómez 80’) – Sabin Merino.
Cádiz: (4-2-3-1) Cifuentes – Carcelen, Cala, Rhyner, Espino – Edu Ramos (Yann Bodiger 74’), Garrido (Iván Alejo 68’) – Nano Mesa, Álex Fernández, Perea – Choco Lozano (Pombo 64’).
Goal: 1-0: (65’) Sabin Merino
Referee: Aitor Gorostegui Fernández Ortega. He showed yellow card to Garrido (42’), Perea (49’), Peru Nolaskoain (54’), Sabin Merino (85’) & Carcelen (85’).
VAR Official: Daniel Jesús Trujillo Suárez. He checked a possible hand of Mujaid at the end of the game and didn’t concede a penalty for Depor in the first part for a ball that hit the arm of a defender.
Venue: Riazor (24,345)
Other statistics: Ball possession (47% - 53%); Attempts to score (4 – 3); Total shots (8 - 12); Shots on target (1 - 2); Saves by the keepers (2 – 0); Corner-kicks (0 - 4); Offsides (1 - 1); Fouls committed (13 – 18); Passing accuracy (72% - 68%)



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