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02 Feb 2020
New victory for Deportivo, the sixth straight win. Las Palmas had the ball, but Depor stroke at the precise moment and added three new points.

Coach Fernando Vázquez opted in keep playing with Víctor Mollejo as a fullback on the left. It was the same formation that faced Albacete Balompié with the novelty that Peru Nolaskoain was returning from suspension.

Dani Giménez covered the goal, Eneko Bóveda played at the right side of the defence, Mollejo was at the left, then the centre-backs were Mujaid Sadick, Michele Somma and Javi Montero. Peru Nolaskoain and Gaku Shibasaki performed at midfield. Ager Aketxe was attached to the right wing, Emre Çolak was at the left and Sabin Merino was the centre forward.

 At UD Las Palmas, Pepe Mel left Juan José Narváez on the bench, so Rubén Castro was the centre forward. Fede Varela was the one joining Ińigo Ruiz de Galarreta at midfield. Pedro Tanasú ‘Tana’ and b>Pedro González ‘Pedri’ were the other references in attack.

It was a first part full of mistakes, both sides weren’t showing their best presentation. Therefore, it ended to be a clinical performance for the Galicians as they seized their best opportunity to claim the advantage in the scoresheet.

The game started with a Deportivo that were passive and from there UD Las Palmas tried to push, The Canarians had the first approximation with a shot of Lemos that was blocked by Dani Giménez (5’). The firs big chance in the game was also for the visiting side, and it was Rubén Castro, who collected a cross from Srnić, and the ex-Depor sent the ball over the crossbar (9’).

Depor continued asleep and Rubén Castro had a new opportunity, this time after a corner-kick and again he missed the target (11’). But the Galicians are in a sweet moment and they were going to capitalize their first opportunity. It was a lateral free-kick attempt of Aketxe that Sabin Merino headed in at the near post.

The goal didn’t change the script in the game, because UD Las Palmas were having the ball possession, while Depor were trying to respond with counterattacks that weren’t arriving.  Pepe Mel switched the draw and decided to put Juanjo Narváez on the pitch.

The locals weren’t finding room for the counterattack, but the second goal could have arrived in a big error of the defence. Emre Çolak found the ball at the left and released a cross that didn’t reach the path of Merino because a defender cleared the ball first (34’).

Lemos could have scored at minute 40, it was a shot from long distance that was saved by Dani Giménez (39’). The half ended with the feeling that UD Las Palmas deserved the equalizer, but Depor kept the advantage.

If the errors prevailed in the first half, the second part was exciting thanks to the goal opportunities; Depor could have scored the second goal, but missed incredible chances. Then UD Ls Palmas found the equalizer, and then the Galicians started to push and regained the advantage.

The final part started with UD Las Palmas still having the ball and trying to surround Depor’s area.  But the side that completed the first shot in the half was Depor, it was an attempt of Emre Çolak that missed the target (56’).

One minute later a combination in attack allowed a volley of Aketxe from inside the area and Álvaro Valles made the save. The Canarians were still insisting through the ball possession, but later they were unable to break the local defence.

Their first big chance in this half came at minute 62, it was a shot of Tana that Dani Giménez barely deflected. Then Montero got injured and he was replaced by Álex Bergantińos, the change pulled Peru Nolaskoain to the centre of the defence.

Then Deportivo had two chances to define the game. In the first Merino had the ball at the box, but inexplicably he sent the ball out when he was alone (63’). In the next play Mollejo stole the ball and it ended in a cross of Aketxe that Gaku sent out with a crossed shot.

And just when Depor were caressing the second goal, UD Las Palmas found the equalizer. It was a cross from the right that Somma tried to clear, but that ended at the far post of Dani Giménez.Truly the Canarians deserved the equalizer, but it came just when the Galicians were starting to grow.

But Deportivo decided to make a step forward and went out for the victory.  Merino had a new chance to score, but his shot just hit the net by the outside (67’). Then the striker was replaced by Claudio Beauvue as he was dragging issues. 

And Depor continued pushing and found the second goal. It was a combination between Mollejo and Çolak that ended with the first releasing a high cross from the left, Bóveda founded it at the box and headed the ball in past Valles.

Claudio Beauvue hit the crossbar with a scissors-kick attempt after a cross of Bóveda, but he was offside (83’). Then Vicente Gómez replaced Aketxe. It was feared a new push by Las Palmas, but the only danger they created in the final stretch came in two free-kick actions in the added time that didn’t have any consequence.

Very entertaining game, Depor found an early goal and spent the time defending against a rival that pushed, but that missed to create danger. When the second goal seemed close, the Canarians tied the actions, and then Depor pushed and found a second goal that granted the sixth straight victory.

The victory will keep Deportivo out of the drop zone and with the possibility of increasing the distance depending of Sunday’s results. The next game is the visit to AD Alcorcón (Sunday, 12h00 CET).

Deportivo: (5-4-1) Dani Giménez – Bóveda, Somma, Mujaid, Montero (Álex 62’), Mollejo – Aketxe (Vicente 85’), Nolaskoain, Gaku Shibasaki, Çolak – Sabin Merino (Beauvue 69’).
Las Palmas: (5-4-1) Álvaro Valles – Srnić, Curbelo (Juanjo Narváez 32’), Lemos, Aythami, De La Bella – Fede Varela (Kirian 85’), Galarreta, Tana, Pedri – Rubén Castro (Pablo Haro 77’).
Goals: 1-0: (17’) Sabin Merino, 1-1: (66’) Somma (o.g.), 2-1: (74’) Bóveda
Referee: Álvaro Moreno Aragón. He showed yellow card to Curbelo (19’), De La Bella (62’), Pablo Haro (79’) & Slavoljub Srnić (88’)
VAR Official: Rubén Ávalos Barrera
Venue: Riazor (27,151)
Other statistics: Ball possession (35% - 65%); Attempts to score (7 – 6); Total shots (8 - 10); Shots on target (3 - 2); Saves by the keepers (1 – 1); Corner-kicks (2 - 7); Offsides (5 - 3); Fouls committed (14 – 12); Passing accuracy (65% - 78%)



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