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REVIEW: DEPORTIVO 2 - REAL SOCIEDAD 0 (LA LIGA)

01 Oct 2006
Deportivo suffered to achieve a new win in Riazor. Two goals during the last ten minutes of the game were the medicine to correct a boring draw. Its' the third consecutive victory at home, an unseen fact since the season 2004/2005. The Galician squad continues to occupy a UEFA spot.

BEFORE THE MATCH
Coach Caparr??s sent the same lineup that played during the last two liga games; the only modification being Filipe Luis who replaced Cristian. The Catalan winger is injured and missed the confrontation. Other novelties were the presence of Taborda, Iago and Verd?? on the bench. Meanwhile, Real Sociedad's coach, Jos?© Mar?­a Bakero, made several changes in his squad, including the debut of the Portuguese player Fabio Felicio and the return of Xabi Prieto to the starting eleven.

FIRST HALF
Deportivo took control of the game from the first minutes, but Real Sociedad presented a defensive strategy that blocked any attempt of reaching goalkeeper Riesgo. Caparr??s knew that this scenario was possible as he warned during the week: "When they don't give us the spaces to play, the situation is more complicated for us".

And the situation became complicated for the Galicians. Real Sociedad wasn't generating any danger, but at the same time they were obstructing and delaying the game. Despite having 60% of possession during the first half, Deportivo only generated two occasions to score. The first one was a deflected shot of Filipe Luis who was debuting as starter, the second one was a free-kick of Capdevila that went over the crossbar.

The first period ended with intents from Barrag??n and Riki, players that would be important during the second half. Meanwhile, Real Sociedad continued with its passive attitude. The Basques only made three shots during the first 45 minutes, the curious fact occurred when Kovacevic lost two teeth during a collision with Lopo. The Catalan defender and Arbeloa dominated Deportivo's area and they controlled the efforts of the Serbian striker very well.

SECOND HALF
The second period was more dynamic and both teams started to enjoy more occasions to score. At minute 57 Arizmendi scored after a deflected shot made by Filipe, but referee Mejuto Gonz??lez invalidated the goal due to a clear offside. It was then when both coaches made the first substitutions, Bakero replaced Kovacevic with Skoubo in a change that wanted to refresh the striking zone.

Meanwhile, Caparr??s sent Taborda to replace Sergio, it was an offensive modification that moved Riki to the right wing, Arizmendi performed as second striker and Juan Rodr?­guez covered the space left by the Catalan. Taborda was returning from a new muscular injury that had prevented his debut during the present season. The Uruguayan was still out of rhythm, but at least he helped to increase the pressure over the Basque squad.

The best occasion for Real Sociedad arrived ten minutes before the end; Mikel Alonso received the ball on the right and he tried to drill it into the left corner, but his shot passed near to the post. Then, Caparr??s sent Iago to the pitch, it was the debut of the Galician in this liga season. Two minutes later and when the tie seemed like the final result, Deportivo conquered its first goal of the night.

Coloccini made a cross to the right sector, Antonio Barrag??n received the ball and eluded one rival before sending an impressive shot to the top corner. A magnificent conquer that turned on the fans. And the joy for the public didn't end there, Riki wrote his name in the scoresheet five minutes later. Once again the goal was generated on the right wing; The Madrilian received the ball and left two defenders before he made a precise left-foot shot to the far post. The game ended with the exit of Riki who was replaced by Verd??. It was his debut in Primera.

AFTER THE GAME
Deportivo achieved its third consecutive liga win at home, an unseen fact since two years ago. Now the Galician squad has ten points and occupies the sixth position in the table. Meanwhile Real Sociedad is living its worst start ever with only one point achieved after five encounters, a poor record that puts them at the bottom of the table. The next match for Deportivo will be against Betis at the Luis de Lopera, a match that will take place in fifteen days.

MATCH STATISTICS
Deportivo: Aouate - Barrag??n, Lopo, Arbeloa, Capdevila - Sergio (Taborda 63'), Coloccini - Arizmendi, Juan Rodr?­guez, Filipe Luis (Iago 80') - Riki (Verd?? 88').
Real Sociedad: Riesgo - Gerardo, Labaka, Ansotegi, Garrido (D?­az de Cerio 85') - Rivas, M?­kel Alonso - Xabi Prieto, Novo, Fabio Felicio (Juanito 78') - Kovacevic (Skoubo 59').
Goals: 1-0: (82') Barrag??n, 2-0: (87') Riki.
Referee: Mejuto Gonz??lez. He showed yellow card to Coloccini (34'), Garrido (34'), Barrag??n (47') and Gerardo (67').
Venue: Riazor (15,000).
Other Statistics: Ball possession (55% - 45%); Shots (13 - 10); Shots on goal (5 -4); Corner-kicks (5 - 1); Offsides (5 - 1); Fouls (18 - 27).

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