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13 Jul 2020
First home defeat in 2020 and it came at the most crucial moment. The Galicians had the lead in big part of the game, but the late goals of Extremadura UD are putting Depor back into the wire.

Fernando Vázquez presented a 5-4-1 formation, David Simón was once again playing as a left-back defender, while Sabin Merino was the starting striker leaving Christian Santos on the bench.

Dani Giménez was the starting goalie, Eneko Bóveda covered the right side in defence, the left flank was for David Simón. Álex Bergantiños, Javi Montero and Mujaid Sadick covered the central positions. Borja Valle and Gaku Shibasaki were the centre midfielders, Ager Aketxe attacked from the right wing, Víctor Mollejo did it from the left and Merino was the centre forward.

At Extremadura UD, the team was already demoted to Segunda B and coach Manu Mosquera kept the normal lineup as they have a short squad, but he also allowed the debut of Chilean goalkeeper Gonzalo Collao. The son of the coach, also with the same name, was playing his third game at Segunda leading the attack. He is also a former player of Fabril.

Not a good first half for Deportivo. The Galicians claimed an early lead, later they lost the impulse and freshness of the first minutes. Extremadura UD started to play better, but they missed ideas and punch.

The game started with the goal for Deportivo. It was a counterattack launched by Aketxe, he assisted Mollejo, who released a cross from the right wing, David Simón bet his mark and headed a ball that hit the far post before going in.

The advantage gave confidence to Deportivo. Extremadura UD were passive and the locals were having arrivals, like the header of Mollejo that missed the target (6’). At minute 10, Sabin Merino collected the ball at the edge of the area and his strong shot was blocked by visiting goalie Gonzalo Collao.

Depor reduced the pace with the passage of the minutes, but neither Extremadura UD were putting pressure, so the Galicians were feeling comfortable on the pitch having long ball possessions in defensive positions. The first opportunity for the visiting side was a shot of Manu Mosquera blocked by Dani Giménez (20’).

Nono could have scored the equalizer at minute 29, Álex Diez dribbled David Simón on the left and his drilling cross was connected by Nono, who sent the ball out from the box. At this point Extremadura UD were having longer ball possessions through Nono and Álex Díez, but they missed more depth.

Extremadura UD looked better within the final fifteen minutes, but they didn’t create any clear chance to score. The next opportunity was a cross of Mollejo that was headed by Bóveda and Collao made the save (45’). In the added time, a corner-kick for the visiting team ended with a shot of Nono blocked by Dani Giménez.

Deportivo were showing a better impression, but then the goals of Extremadura UD arrived. The Galicians were nervous and tied the score, only to see a brace of Pinchi putting Depor in deep troubles.

The final part started with two opportunities for Depor, the first chance was a counterattack in which Gaku stole the ball at midfield, then he assisted Aketxe, who missed the target firing from the left side of the area (48’). In the next play, Mollejo released a cross from the left and the header of Sabin Merino went directly into the hands of Collao (50’).

Emre Çolak was the first substitution as he replaced Mujaid. Fernández kept the system with five defenders as Mollejo was performing on the left side of the defence, David Simón was switched into the left and Bóveda was the third centre-back.

At minute 63, a new counterattack led by Aketxe ended with a crossed shot of Mollejo that missed the target. The minutes were passing and Depor didn’t seem to be suffering, but the narrow advantage was keeping the nerves.

And when the game started to be under control, Extremadura UD equalized the score after two straight corner-kicks. In the second the cross from the left was miscalculated by Dani Giménez, Borja Granero headed the ball into the box and Fran Cruz was there to push in.

Suddenly only twenty minutes were left and Depor needed a goal. Vázquez sent Beavue and Hugo Vallejo for Merino and David Simón. Aketxe could have scored at minute 73, but he didn’t connect the ball properly when he was inside the area.

Christian Santos replaced Borja Valle and Depor were desperate. Çolak had a double chance at minute 81, his two shots were going in, but the first was blocked by a defender and the second saved by Collao.

And then Pinchi appeared to score the second goal. Deportivo lost the ball at midfield, substitute Airam Cabrera, who was a nightmare since his entry, assisted Pinchi and the ex-Fabril scored despite been marked by two men.

Deportivo were in shock; the permanence was in danger and they started to attack with more desperation than fresh ideas. But the equalizer arrived anyway, and it came at the last minute, Mollejo released a drilling cross from the left, Beavue left the ball pass and Christian Santos arrived at the far post to push the ball in.

The fans dreamed with a new comeback, but the goal didn’t bring calmness to Deportivo, the locals knew that they needed the victory and a new counterattack was going to cost the game. Again Airam Cabrera made the play and ended assisting Pinchi, who scored with a low shot that Dani Giménez should have defend better.

Disaster at the Riazor. Deportivo had all in favour to clinch the victory, but the team was too apathetic and later too nervous. From nowhere Extremadura UD started to score goals and this time the Galicians lost the game in the added time.

Deportivo remain in the fight for the permanence with only two games in the schedule, and they have to wait for other results in order know if a victory will be enough. The next game is the visit to CD Mirandés (Friday, 21h00 CET).
Deportivo: (5-4-1) Dani Giménez – Bóveda, Mujaid (Çolak 59’), Álex Bergantiños, Montero, David Simón (Hugo Vallejo 72’) – Aketxe, Borja Valle (Christian Santos 79’), Gaku, Mollejo – Sabin Merino (Beauvue 72’).
Extremadura: (4-2-3-1) Collao - Álex Díez, Fran Cruz, Granero, Bastos – Rocha (Cabrera 46’), Sabit (Gabri 65’), Abdulai - Pinchi, Cristian Rodríguez, Nono (Carrasco 84’) – Manu Mosquera (Lele 72’).
Goals: 1-0: (3’) David Simón, 1-1 (68’) Montero (o.g.), 1-2: (84’) Pinchi, 2-2: (89’) Christian Santos, 2-3: (90+2’) Pinchi
Referee: Dámaso Arcediano Monescillo. He showed yellow card to Cristian Rodríguez (13’) & Kike Carrasco (87’).
VAR Official: Aitor Gorostegui Fernández Ortega
Venue: Riazor
Other statistics: Ball possession (53% - 47%); Attempts to score (10 – 8); Total shots (16 – 14); Shots on target (7 - 4); Saves by the keepers (1 – 5); Corner-kicks (0 - 4); Offsides (2 - 0); Fouls committed (12 – 16); Passing accuracy (76% - 69%)



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