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18 Jun 2020
Depor rescued a point after a poor first half that had things uphill. The coach switched the draw in the second half and the team improved, but it was unable to win despite coming back from a two-goal disadvantage.

Coach Fernando Vázquez presented a 5-3-2 scheme with some novelties, David Simón, Salva Ruiz and Álex Bergantiños were starters leaving Eneko Bóveda, Ager Aketxe and Víctor Mollejo on the bench.

Dani Giménez was the starting goalie, David Simón covered the right side in defence, Salva Ruiz played on the left, the centre-backs were Abdoulaye Ba, Mujaid Sadick and Peru Nolaskoain. The trident at midfield was composed by Álex, Emre Çolak and Gaku Shibasaki, then Claudio Beauvue and Sabin Merino were the centre forwards.

At Real Oviedo, coach José Ángel Ziganda barely made rotations for the game and presented the expected 4-4-2 lineup. Borja Sánchez, Alfredo Ortuño and Yoel Bárcenas were the references in attack.

Poor first half by Deportivo, a lot of errors and distractions, two of them by Ba cost two goals. Still, Depor had the chance to tie the game. Çolak wasted a penalty and Sabin Merino scored a great goal at the end.

The game started with a lot of inaccuracies, both sides were easily losing the ball and the first opportunity was a shot of Ortuño that missed the target after Emre Çolak lost the ball at the edge of the area (7’).

Then Ba made his first error, a distraction in the output of the ball allowed Lucas Ahijado to recover and to drill a perfect pass into the area, Bárcenas found it at the left corner of the box and his shot was saved by Dani Giménez (11’).

Depor were a broken team since then. The attacking line wasn’t appearing, while the defence had big problems of where to stand and move the ball.  Neither Oviedo was too sharp, but at least they were arriving, though they missed the quickness to seize the errors from Depor. At minute 22, Dani Giménez made a bad pass, and later Sangalli wasn’t quick enough to seize the error.

But then the goal arrived. A new error of Ba provoked a lateral free-kick on the left, Sergio Tejera sent the cross and no one tried to clear the ball, the defenders were only looking while Dani Giménez stayed at the goal line, so Sergio Ortuño didn’t have any problem to head the ball in.

Depor had  the chance to tie the game after Ba was pushed inside the area by Tejera when he was abut to head a corner-kick, the penalty was whistled, but then Emre Çolak only saw how Lunin blocked his low shot (35’).

And Oviedo was close to score again, but Sergio Tejera found the woodwork with a low shot after a pass from Bárcenas (42’). Still, the second goal arrived three minutes later and again with Ba acting as the villain of the movie. He lost the ball at the edge of the area, committed a foul and was booked, and from there it came the shot of Yoel Bárcenas that ended at the back of the net. Also to mention that Dani Giménez could have done better trying to clear the ball during the free-kick.

Depor were in deep problems, it was losing by two goals in a game that was a final, but the light at the end of tunnel was saw after the Galicians found a goal. Çolak released a cross from the left that was cleared twice by the local defence, but Sabin Merino made a great bicycle attempt when he was backwards the goal, the ball turned into a volley that passed over Arribas and keeper Lunin.

Deportivo looked much better in the final part thanks to the modifications. Fernando Vázquez switched the draw since the kick-off, he presented a 4-2-3-1 with Víctor Mollejo and Keko Gontán replacing Ba and Claudio Beauvue. The lanes were now more organized, and the first chance was a counterattack in which the shot of Keko Gontán was blocked by Lunin (53’).

Vázquez continued moving the bench, Uche Agbo and Ager Aketxe entered for Gaku and Çolak, and almost immediately the equalizer arrived. Aketxe released a cross from the left in a corner-kick action, Keko headed the ball at the near post, it turned into a pass to Peru Nolaskoain, who pushed the ball in from the far post.

Suddenly Deportivo were better and Real Oviedo made changes that made the game more entertaining. At minute 64, a strong shot by Borja Sánchez was deflected to corner-kick by Dani Giménez. The locals were aware of the need of points and left enough space for Depor’s counterattacks. So, the actions were fluid.

Both hat picture didn’t last too long, because both teams were tired and Oviedo was the better side in the last stretch of the meeting. The final substitution was the entry of Luis Ruiz for Salva Ruiz, one of the men that were already exhausted. David Simón also needed a refresh, but had the end the game as  there were no more changes available.

Oviedo had the last opportunity at minute 84, David Simón lost the ball at midfield and the counterattack ended with a shot of Tejera that was blocked by Peru Nolaskoain when Dani Giménez was out of balance..

Mixed feelings with the game of Deportivo, in one hand it’s always important to rescue a point after a two-goal disadvantage, especially in a final like this one, but Depor remain winless after committing a lot of mistakes in the first part. The men of Fernando Vázquez remain without convincing.

And the most important thing is that Los Blanquiazules remain in relegation though tied in points with Real Oviedo. On Saturday, Rayo Vallecano visit the Riazor (17h00 CET) as the rally of games continues.

Oviedo: (4-4-2) Lunin – Lucas, Arribas, Carlos Hernández, Mossa – Sangalli, Tejera (Samuel 90+3’), Luismi, Bárcenas (Balde 64’) – Borja Sánchez (Jimmy Suárez 72’), Ortuño (Rodrigo Ríos 64’).
Deportivo: (5-3-2) Dani Giménez – David Simón, Mujaid, Ba (Mollejo 46’), Nolaskoain, Salva Ruiz (Luis Ruiz 72’) – Álex, Gaku (Uche Agbo 57’), Çolak (Aketxe 57’) – Beauvue (Keko Gontán 46’), Sabin Merino.
Goals: 1-0: (26’) Ortuño, 2-0: (45’) Bárcenas, 2-1: (45+2’) Sabin Merino, 2-2: (59’) Peru Nolaskoain
Referee: Óliver de la Fuente Ramos. He showed yellow card to Ba (44’), Tejera (77’), Mossa (82’) & Keko Gontán (90+2’)
VAR Official: Aitor Gorostegui Fernández Ortega
Venue: Carlos Tartiere
Other statistics: Ball possession (43% - 57%); Attempts to score (7 – 4); Total shots (15 – 6); Shots on target (6 - 4); Saves by the keepers (2 – 3); Corner-kicks (4 - 3); Offsides (0 - 1); Fouls committed (13 – 13); Passing accuracy (64% - 76%)



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