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21 Jun 2020
Crazy game at the Riazor. Once again Depor had to comeback from a two-goal disadvantage, and this time it suffered a late penalty that prevented the victory.

Coach Fernando Vázquez presented a lot of novelties for the game at the Riazor, starting with a switch to the system. Depor were now playing with a 4-2-3-1 draw, while there was a total facelift in the attacking line.

Dani Giménez was the goalkeeper, Eneko Bóveda covered the right side in defence. The left flank was for Salva Ruiz. The central positions were covered by Peru Nolaskoain and Mujaid Sadick. Álex Bergantiños and Uche Agbo performed at midfield, Keko Gontán attacked from the right wing, Víctor Mollejo did it from the left, Ager Aketxe was the playmaker and Mamadou Koné was the centre forward.

At Rayo Vallecano, Paco Jémez also presented novelties in attack. Álvaro García and Juan Villar were included into the starting formation and joined Jorge De Frutos and Óscar Trejo in attack, while Antonio Luna played on the left side of the defence leaving ex-Depor Saúl García on the bench.

A passive Deportivo was a broken toy that was an easy target for Rayo Vallecano. The Madrilenians just needed to seize a couple of errors in order to claim the lead. Only one chance to score for a static team that once again played a terrible first part.

The game couldn’t start more twisted for Deportivo, only 30 seconds were needed to see Rayo Vallecano scoring a goal. A high pass to the left ended with a low cross of Álvaro García that Juan Villa met at the box, he connected the ball and went into the near post, Dani Giménez was there, but was unable to avoid the goal.

There was no reaction from Deportivo, Rayo Vallecano was well placed on the pitch and only needed to cover the passing lanes to obstruct a rival that was mentally blocked. The locals tried, but only created some danger with the runs of Mollejo, but those plays didn’t end in scoring opportunities.

Actually, Rayo Vallecano were closer to the second goal. At minute 15, Peru lost the ball in offensive positions and allowed a counterattack that ended with a solo-play of Óscar Trejo that was saved by Dani Giménez.

And it wasn’t a surprise when the second goal arrived. A high cross from the left was missing a receiver inside Depor’s area, and Mollejo showed up to try to chest the ball into the hands of Dani Giménez, but only found Juan Villar at the far post to end crossing the keeper.

Once again there was no reaction by Depor. The Galicians just spent the time trying to pass the ball with slow movements that never surprised a rival that was calm. The first -and only- chance to score for Depor in this half came in an error of Rayo Vallecano, a bad clearance ended in a volley of Keko Gontán that Mollejo sent over the crossbar (34’).

Antonio Luna had the chance to score the third goal for Rayo Vallecano, but his crossed shot went out in a new distraction of the defence (39’). The visiting side was never in trouble against a rival that was too static.

Radical changes for the final part, Vázquez made a triple modification at half-time, Christian Santos, Hugo Vallejo and Çolak entered for Álex, Salva Ruiz and Keko Gontán. Depor were now playing with a 4-4-2 figure and with Mollejo acting as a left-back.

And everything that Depor did wrong in the first half was wiped off in only seven minutes, frame that Depor needed to tie the game.  The first goal came after a good play of Koné on the left, his cross went into the far post and Christian Santos was there to send the ball into the far post through a clinical header.

Only a couple of minutes later Depor were tying the score. A collective play ended with a pass of Hugo Vallejo that found Bóveda on the right, he managed to release a drilling cross that Víctor Mollejo found at the box, his low attempt should have been blocked by keeper Stole Dimitrievski, but somehow the ball went under his body.

And has it happened against Oviedo, Depor started to reduce the pace after the comeback. Rayo Vallecano started to play better and were close to score at minute 65, a counterattack ended with a strong shot of Tito that hit the far post.

Then Borja Valle replaced Koné and Aketxe had the big chance to score the third goal for the locals, he collected a loose ball at the edge of the area and his strong shot passed inches away from the far post (67’).

Both teams seemed tired and the game seemed destined to a tie, and it was like that, but with a dramatic end marked by the decisions of referee Iñaki Vicandi Garrido. First, he whistled an inexistent penalty for Deportivo. In a corner-kick from the left the ball hit the body and not the arm of substitute Martín Pascual, the action was checked for several minutes by the VAR and still was granted (83’).

And Aketxe missed it after hitting the crossbar, but it was repeated as Dimitrievski moved on before the whistle, then Aketxe throw it and this time scored through a strong shot. In the middle of both shots there was an attempt of counterattack for Rayo that ended with a serious injury of Peru Nolaskoain, who had to be stretched off (The club reported that he suffered a sprain on his right ankle). The Basque player was replaced by Javi Montero.

And when Depor was tasting the three points, the referee redeemed his previous error with a new polemic penalty. In the added time a throw-in for Rayo Vallecano ended with Mujaid jumping for the ball, he anticipated substitute Qasmi, but somehow the referee called a foul and Mario Suárez scored the final equalizer firing from the penalty spot.

Crazy game and new comeback for Depor, this time with a bittersweet taste. After a terrible first part, the Blanquiazul outfit passed from a 0-2 to a 3-2 only to drop two points in the added time. In the middle two mistakes by referee Iñaki Garrido and the serious injury of Peru Nolaskoain.

The draw will pull Deportivo out of the drop zone, but only depending in the results of the other teams trying to avoid the pit. The next game is the visit to Elche CF (Tuesday, 19h30 CET).

Deportivo: (4-2-3-1) Dani Giménez – Bóveda, Mujaid, Nolaskoain (Montero 87’), Salva Ruiz (Christian Santos 46’) – Uche Agbo, Álex Bergantiños (Hugo Vallejo 46’) – Keko Gontán (Çolak 46’), Aketxe, Mollejo – Koné (Borja Valle 65’).
Rayo Vallecano: (4-2-3-1) Dimitriesky – Tito, Catena, Milić (Martin Pascual 46’), Luna (Montiel 90’) – Óscar Valentín, Mario Suárez - De Frutos, Óscar Trejo (Santi Comensaña 52’), Álvaro García (Isaac Palazón 68’) – Juan Villar (Qasmi 52’).
Goals: 0-1: (1’) Juan Villar. 0-2: (20’) Juan Villar, 1-2: (49’) Christian Santos, 2-2: (52’) Mollejo, 3-2: (89’) Aketxe (penalty), 3-3: (90+3’) Mario Suárez (penalty)
Referee: Iñaki Vicandi Garrido. He showed yellow card to Mario Suárez (57’), Martín Pascual (80’) & Dimitriesky (86’)
VAR Official: Rubén Ávalos Barrera. It conceded a penalty to Depor (85’).
Venue: Riazor
Other statistics: Ball possession (58% - 42%); Attempts to score (7 – 7); Total shots (12 – 12); Shots on target (4 - 4); Saves by the keepers (1 – 1); Corner-kicks (2 - 4); Offsides (0 - 1); Fouls committed (15 – 12); Passing accuracy (75% - 64%)



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