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16 Jan 2012
Depor is the leader at Segunda for the first time in 21 years; Oltra’s team didn’t complete a solid game, but was effective enough to score the goals at the precise moment. Valerón was on the bench and Borja was a starter for the first time.

The big novelty was that Juan Carlos Valerón was out of the starting formation, instead Oltra chose to play with Juan Dominguez as the playmaker in the scheme, while Borja Fernandez was making his first appearance as a starter; the rest was the expected lineup.

Dani Aranzubia was at the goal; Laure was the left-back defender, the right side was for Diego Seoane, while the central positions were for Colotto and Ze Castro. Juan Dominguez and Álex Bergantiños joined Borja at midfield; Bruno Gama was attacking from the right wing, Guardado did it from the left and Lassad Nouioui was the central attacker.

At Huesca, coach Enrique Hernández presented the expecting lineup with the only novelty that Juan Cruz Ochoa joined Josetxo at the centre of the defense; Juanjo Camacho, Tariq and Brazilian Gilvan Gomes were the main threats in attack. The temperature was cold during the game (0 degrees Celsius), perhaps that’s the reason why El Alcoraz stadium was so empty, though to mention that there were several Depor’s fans at the stands.

Deportivo had a solid start and scored an early goal in a set-piece; later the game was open, though without too many scoring opportunities. The strategy of Oltra putting Borja as a centre midfielder, and with Juan Dominguez in the playmaking function, brought velocity to the attacks, but later Huesca had the initiative in the game; still the Aragonians only completed two shots on target in this half.

The first minutes were intense; with Deportivo attempting to release fast attacks, while Huesca was trying to push up front, though there were no scoring attempts within the first five minutes. The first shot on target was made by Bruno Gama, but his attempt from the edge of the area was too easy for local keeper Luis Garcia (4’).

At minute 7, Guardado released a cross from the left and the ball clearly hit the hand of Tariq, but referee Arias López didn’t whistle anything; and just two minutes later the visitors claimed the lead in the scoresheet. Guardado threw a free-kick from the right wing, the ball went into the far post and Colotto jumped before a rival to make a perfect header that crossed Luis Garcia. It’s the second goal in liga for the Argentine defender.

The goal opened the game as both sides were quickly moving the ball and were also having scoring opportunities; the first approximation of Huesca in the game came at minute 12, it was a header of Tariq that was blocked by Aranzubia; Depor responded with a shot of Álex Bergantiños that missed the target.

At minute 15, Guardado released a high cross that Lassad found at the far post; the Tunisian attempted an acrobatic shot, but only hit the net by the outside close to the crossbar; the locals responded with a drilling shot of David Vazquez that missed the target. Five minutes later Jokin had a similar attempt, but he also sent the ball out.

For the final fifteen minutes Depor lowered the pace, and Huesca was having the initiative and the ball possession, though it missed depth as it was only bringing danger through set-pieces, while the visitors were feeling comfortable releasing counterattacks. At minute 37, Colotto handled the ball inside the area, and again the referee swallowed a clear penalty. There were no more scoring attempts within the last five minutes

Huesca was incisive in the second part, but missed fresh ideas and punch in attack; Depor lost control over the game and suffered at some specific moments, fortunately Riki appeared right on time to score the second goal and secure a valuable victory that also means the leadership at Liga Adelante.

Depor started the second part pushing in attack, but that pressure just lasted three minutes, because later the locals claimed the ball possession and were surrounding the area of Depor. The first clear chance in the half was for Huesca as Tariq found the ball at the edge of the area to end releasing a volley that hit the crossbar (50’). That was the clearest opportunity for the Aragonians in the whole match.

.In the next play midfielder Helguera headed a cross from the left, but the ball went over the crossbar. At minute 55, local goalie Luis Garcia couldn’t catch a corner of Guardado, but Lassad couldn’t head the ball on target before the pressure of two defenders, Huesca responded with a crossed header of Tariq that missed the target. Then Lassad collected a perfect pass of Bruno Gama, but he couldn’t resolve before Luis Garcia.

Then Oltra made his first substitution as Riki replaced Lassad; the Madrilenian brought fresh ideas up front and he was going to be decisive in the game. The first appearance of Riki came at minute 65 after collecting a drilling pass of Juan Dominguez, but his shot from the corner of the six-yard-box was deflected by Luis Garcia.

At minute 76, Riki had a new chance to score the second goal, this time Álex Bergantiños made a great pass that left the Madrilenian alone before Luis Garcia, who slightly touched the ball to deflect the drilling attempt of the striker. Depor was forgiving too much against a fighter team like Huesca, side that didn’t have clear chances within the last twenty minutes, but that always gave problems to the Galicians, mainly on the side defender by Laure; the Madrilenian was looking insecure at the left and the local realized about it.

Then Bruno Gama was replaced by Diogo Salomão, this modification didn’t have an impact in the game, both Portuguese players barely touched the ball. Also, Jesús Vázquez played the final four minutes as he replaced Juan Dominguez It seemed that Depor was going to suffer until the end, luckily the Galicians found the second goal two minutes before the final whistle; it was an error of the defense as Manuel Molina, who replaced Clavero ten minutes before, tried to pass the ball to the central defenders during a dispute with Guardado.

But instead he assisted Riki, who elegantly eluded three rivals, even leaving Josetxo sat on the ground, to end scoring with a drilling and smooth touch that went in by the far post of Luis Garcia. It’s the fourth goal in liga for the ex-Getafe man. That goal killed the match and the spirit of Huesca; Deportivo even had the chance to score a third goal, but Salomão couldn’t seize a drilling cross of Riki coming from the left (89’).

Depor missed the brilliancy of other matches, but this time it had the needed punch to score the goals at its favourite moment: the beginning and the end of the matches. Huesca was a warrior team that never surrendered, but missed aim and quality in attack.

The result leaves Depor first at the standings, something that it’s happening for the first time in 21 years; the last time as on September 16, 1990 (matchday 03, season 90/91, 2-0 Vs. Murcia). On next Saturday, Deportivo closes the first round in the competition hosting Villarreal B at the Riazor (16h00 CET).

Huesca: (4-2-3-1) García - Llamas, Josetxo, Ochoa, Clavero (Molina 79’) – Helguera, David Vázquez – Jokin (Oscar Vega 77’), Camacho, Gilvan – Tarim (Javi Martinez 77’)
Deportivo: (4-2-3-1) Aranzubia – Seoane, Colotto, Ze Castro, Laure – Borja Fernández, Álex Bergantiños – Bruno Gama (Salomão 76’), Juan Domínguez (Jesús Vázquez 86’), Guardado – Lassad (Riki 60’)
Goals: 0-1: (8’) Colotto, 0-2: (88’) Riki
Referee: Francisco Manuel Arias López. He showed yellow card to Borja (44’) and Josetxo (48’)
Venue: El Alcoraz (3,200)
Other statistics: Ball possession (55% - 45%); Attempts to score (6 – 8); Total shots (14 - 11); Shots on target (3 - 6); Saves by the keepers (1 - 3); Corner-kicks  (7 - 7); Offsides (2 - 1); Fouls committed (19 - 10); Accuracy in the passes (75.73% - 80.38%)




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