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REVIEW: DEPORTIVO 2 – VALENCIA 3 (LIGA)

27 Jan 2013
New defeat at home for a Deportivo that couldn’t hold the advantage at half-time; a terrible second half and the expulsion of Sílvio marked the match. Domingos’ team remains at the bottom of the standings after allowing three goals through headers.

BEFORE THE GAME
No surprises at the lineup of Domingos Paciência; Riki and Pizzi were starters despite they were doubtful until Friday. In the end it was the same starting eleven that faced Osasuna on the past weekend. Aranzubia was at the goal, Manuel Pablo performed at the right-back position, Sílvio covered the left side, while the centre-backs were Aythami and Ze Castro.

At midfield, Álex Bergantiños, Paulo Assunção and André Santos completed the triple pivote figure. Bruno Gama attacked from the right wing, Pizzi did it from the left flank and Riki was the central attacker.

Neither coach Ernesto Valverde presented novelties in the expected squad for the meeting; ex-Depor Andrés Guardado performed at the left-back position and the attacking players were Pablo Piatti, Éver Banega, Jonas Gonçalves and Nelson Antonio Haedo Valdes

FIRST HALF
Entertaining game, both sides looked dangerous in attack and Deportivo were strong enough to bounce back after allowing the second quickest goal on this liga season. Riki and Pizzi were daggers, while Valencian missed too many chances at the beginning of the game facing a very nervous defensive line.

The kick-off was a real disaster for Deportivo; in the first play the Valencians earned a corner-kick; Piatti threw it and put the ball at the near post of Aranzubia, Jonas Gonçalves was there to head the ball backwards, his attempt turned into a volley that Aranzubia couldn’t deflect and the ball entered into the net by the far post. Just 29 seconds, it’s the second fastest goal at Primera División during this season.

The goal was a shocker for Depor’s players, who never had the control over the actions, at least within the first twenty minutes. The visitors gave a lot of problems in set-pieces, mainly in the corner-kicks. And it’s that they had three corners within the first five minutes, one of them ended in goal, and the other two were barely deflected after a series of rebounds.

At minute 9, Éver Banega made a perfect pass to Piatti and the Argentine playmaker was left alone against Aranzubia, but his chipping attempt turned to be an easy catch for Depor’s goalie. The Galicians were looking pretty nervous and the scoresheet could easily be a 0-3 before the 10-minute mark.

Deportivo were missing a lot of passes and it forced the players to commit a lot of fouls, in this sense the locals already had three booked players within the first 16 minutes, one of them was Sílvio. The Galicians had their first goal attempt at minute 17; it was a solo-play of Pizzi that ended with a drilling attempt cleared by visiting goalie Diego Alves. Two minutes later, Bruno Gama released a strong shot from the right corner of the area, and again Alves cleared the danger.

At minute 21, Riki made a small deflection after a corner-kick of Pizzi and the ball passed just inches away from the far post of Alves. Aythami was there, but the Canarian man couldn’t push the ball in. The game turned to be entertaining and two minutes later Valdes was left alone before Aranzubia and he couldn’t score as his drilling attempt was blocked by Depor’s goalie. At minute 23, Valdez appeared again to head a cross from the right and Aranzubia cleared the danger.

Deportivo was at the mercy of Valencia and it seemed that more goals were coming. But suddenly the Blanquiazul outfit scored the equalizer; Bruno Gama was fouled outside the area, Pizzi threw the free-kick and released a perfect cross into the penalty area, Riki was there to head the ball before the passive behavior of Diego Alves. It was the first goal in 2013 for the Madrilenian attacker.

At minute 40, Pizzi attempted from the left corner of the area after a combination with Álex, but Alves stopped the ball. And if Valencia scored seconds after the kick-off, the Galicians were going to score second before half-time. Bruno Gama assisted Riki and the Madrilenian made a solo-play on the left wing eluding three rivals to end releasing a shot from the edge of the area that was impossible for Alves, though it’s also true that the visiting goalie was too slow to react properly. It was the icing of a very interesting first part. It’s the 8th goal in this league season for Riki and in this way he equaled his best record in one single campaign (2009/10 at Depor & 2005/06 at Getafe).

SECOND HALF
Depor lost everything that was conquered at the end of the first part as Sílvio was sent off early in the second half; Valencia completely dominated this part of the clash, but scored the winning goal until the stoppage time. New defeat at home as the errors at defense continued, mainly at the moment of defending the aerial game.

Jonathan Viera replaced Jonas at the beginning of the second part, but the modification that changed the game was the entry of Juan Bernat, who was a real nightmare for Manuel Pablo at the right side of the defense.  The Valencians had the ball possession in this second part; the Galicians were trying to hold back and rely in the counterattack. Again the first minutes were pretty hard for the locals as Valencia had two corner-kick within the first five minutes, plus a strong shot of Tino Costa that was barely stopped by Aranzubia (49’)

Then it came the play that changed the game, because Sílvio Azevedo committed a tough foul over Pereira and was booked for the second time. Now Deportivo was forced to face the last 28 minutes with one less man. Immediately, Domingos moved the bench; since he didn’t have a defender on the bench he sent Jesús Vázquez to replace André Santos. The Andalusian performed as the improvised left-back in the remaining minutes in the second part. He was constantly surpassed, though the main problems were coming from the other side.

The red card just increased the pressure of the Valencians and they were having clear scoring opportunities, at minute 54, Ricardo Costa headed the ball on target and Aranzubia made the save, more difficult was the shot of Banega that Depor’s goalie sent to corner-kick (58’)

Deportivo were losing the ball pretty easily and it was a matter of time to see Los Ches scoring the equalizer, the goal came after Juan Bernat made a great play on the right wing, eluding Manuel Pablo to release a drilling cross into the path of and Nelson Valdes, who pushed the ball before the passive mark of Aythami.

Domingos’ team was lost on the pitch, broken in two pieces and having the worst passing ratio on this season (67.68%), Valencia continued attacking from the side defended by Manuel Pablo, though the visitors lowered the pace within the final twenty minutes, perhaps they were tired after playing in midweek.

Domingos ordered the second modification and Nélson Oliveira replaced Riki trying to refresh the attacking line, but once again the Portuguese attacker seemed out of shape and was whistled at the end of the clash. Still, The locals had two straight chances, in the first Álex Bergantiños found a loose ball inside the area, but his header went over the bar (71’), two minutes later the shot of Oliveira was too easy for Alves. Then Camuñas replaced Bruno Gama in the last substitution for the locals.

Valencia had two clear chances then, first Valdes collected a perfect cross of Viera, but the Paraguayan missed from close range as the ball hit the knee of Aranzubia (83’). Two minutes later the shot of Bernat went over the crossbar after hitting Aythami before.  At minute 88, Pizzi had a great chance in a counterattack, but his strong shot was cleared by Alves. Depor lost the chance to win the game in that play.

And when it seemed the game was going to end with a tie, Valencia found the third goal in the first minute of the stoppage time. It was a free-kick action in which Guardado released a perfect cross into the path of Ricardo Costa, who was alone enough to connect a strong header past Aranzubia. It’s the tenth goal allowed by Depor through a header. The third on this match. Valencia killed Depor with the head.

To make things worse Assunção was sent off two minutes later after hitting Tino Costa; the Galicians ended with nine men as the most recent signings were sent off. Deportivo tried to react, but it was too late and there were no more scoring opportunities.

AFTER THE GAME
Two goals in the stoppage time in this entertaining game, but the fate was the same as Depor lost once again at the Riazor. The Galicians had a terrible start allowing the second quickest goal in the liga season, then it bounced back thanks to Riki, but the expulsion of Sílvio encouraged a Valencia that completely dominated the actions in the second part, though they could only score the winning goal until the stoppage time. Three goals with the head that killed Deportivo.

It’s a terrible hit for Depor, the Blanquiazul outfit remains at the bottom of the standings after losing two straight losses. Coach Domingos needs to recover his team for the next game: the visit to Getafe CF (Saturday, 18h00 CET).

MATCH STATISTICS
Deportivo: (4-3-3) Aranzubia – Manuel Pablo, Aythami, Ze Castro, Sílvio – Álex Bergantiños, André Santos (Jesús Vázquez 53’), Assunção – Bruno Gama (Camuñas 77’), Riki (Oliveira 69’), Pizzi.
Valencia: (4-2-3-1) Diego Alves – João Pereira, Rami, Ricardo Costa, Guardado – Victor Ruiz (Bernat 54’), Tino Costa – Piatti, Banega (Canales 84’), Jonas (Jonathan Viera 46’) – Valdez
Goals: 0-1: (1’) Jonas, 1-1: (32’) Riki, 2-1: (45+2’) Riki, 2-2: (62’) Valdes, 2-3: (90+1’) Ricardo Costa
Referee: Carlos Clos Gómez. He showed yellow card to Bruno Gama (13’), Manuel Pablo (14’), Piatti (31’) and Tino Costa (36’). Sílvio was sent off with two yellow cards (16’ & 52’). Assunção was also sent off (90+2’)
Venue: Riazor (30,000)
Other statistics: Ball possession (34 % - 66%); Attempts to score (7 – 13); Total shots (11 - 22); Shots on target (7 - 12); Saves by the keepers (9 - 5); Corner-kicks  (8 - 13); Offsides (1 - 7); Fouls committed (17 - 10); Passing accuracy (67.68% - 83.14%)

* RESULTS & STANDINGS 

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