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REVIEW: DEPORTIVO 0 – MALAGA 1 (LIGA)

07 Dec 2014
New defeat for a Depor that showed the same lack of aim, but that this time was also unlucky for the incredible chances missed throughout the game, including a missed penalty and a shot that hit the woodwork.

BEFORE THE GAME
Coach Víctor Fernández presented the expected 5-3-2 lineup. Juanfran Moreno was fit to play and returned to the starting eleven after been replaced early in the first half during the visit to Atlético Madrid.

Fabricio was the starting keeper, Juanfran covered the right side of the defense, Luisinho played on the left, while the central positions were for Insua, Sidnei and Lopo, the latter was returning from suspension. Wilk, José Rodríguez and Medunjanin were the centre midfielders, then Cavaleiro and Postiga were the attackers.

At Malaga CF, coach Javi Gracia presented a 4-2-3-1 lineup. Portuguese Vitorino Antunes was performing at the left side of the defense. The references in attack were Duda, Samu Castillejo and Roque Santa Cruz.

Two hours before the game the Riazor Blues made a public act in the memory of Jimmy. The stand Marathon Inferior was closed for the second straight opportunity. For the game this stand was covered with a banner of the club.

FIRST HALF
Unlucky half for Deportivo. The Galicians had good chances, including a penalty, but Cavaleiro failed and later a big error by Fabricio cost the goal. Malaga didn’t play well, but was more intelligent and could have even ended the first part with a bigger advantage.

The first moments were tense in a rainy night in A Coruña. There were protest against Tino Fernández and Malaga pushed having the ball and having two corner-kicks within the first three minutes. Later the locals claimed control of the actions and started to push forward. Wilk had the first chance to score after been assisted by Cavaleiro, but his shot from the edge of the area missed the target (7’).

The Galicians earned a penalty at minute 11, a combination between José Rodriguez and Postiga allowed the Portuguese attacker to step into the area and he was fouled by Carlos Kameni. The keeper was booked and Cavaleiro missed the chance to claim the lead as his shot went into the centre of the goal, just where the Cameroonian keeper was standing. It was going to be the first of series of misfortunes for the locals.

Depor lasted in reacting before a passive Malaga. Postiga had the next big chance collecting a loose ball inside the area, but his strong shot from inside the box was repealed by Kameni (19’). And in the next play Malaga scored the first and lonely goal in the game. It was a bad clearance by Fabricio that Sergi Darder found at the edge of the area to score with an accurate volley.

Like it happened in Copa, Depor were losing before Malaga and it was unfair for what was saw on the pitch. Depor doubted after the goal and at times it seemed to be at the mercy of a more calmed rival. Still, Los Blanquiazules were making some good and long combinations, like the one that allowed Medunjanin to release a drilling shot that was stopped by Kameni (32’).

The locals were focusing their attacks on the right wing, with Juanfran, José Rodriguez and Cavaleiro leading the moves. At the other side of the field, Luisinho only stepped into the left wing in three opportunities and in all of them he lost the ball.

Malaga looked more dangerous within the final five minutes. They had a big chance at minute 39, Santa Cruz assisted Samuel and his strong shot from inside the area was cleared by Fabricio with some problems.

SECOND HALF
The miseries continued in the second part. The locals had several opportunities, including a shot of Cavaleiro that hit the post, but Kameni and the bad luck kept the narrow victory for the visiting outfit.

Víctor Fernández switched the draw at half-time, Isaac Cuenca replaced Insua and now Depor were playing 4-4-2, with the Catalan man on the left wing. Luisinho was now more accurate after his flat first half.

The second part started with strong emotions, at minute 47, Cavaleiro hit the woodwork after collecting a loose ball inside the area during a free-kick action. He didn’t connect the ball properly, but his curved attempt beat Kameni, but not the far post. The visiting outfit responded with a long range shot of Santa Cruz that was blocked by Fabricio (48’).

At minute 51, Cavaleiro headed the ball out after collecting a cross by Luisinho. It was the first dangerous play created on the left wing of Deportivo. It was the big difference in this half, because now Depor were attacking by both sides, though always missing aim.

Malaga were looking dangerous in the counterattacks, at minute 56, Camacho sent the ball over the crossbar in one of these actions. They also score a goal in a lateral free.-kick, but Weligton was offside inside the area.

Víctor didn’t last in making the next two changes. Juan Dominguez and Toché replaced Medunjanin and Postiga. The entry of Toché revitalized the attack as the Murcian had some good chances, but Juan Dominguez passed unnoticed. Actually he was only spotted for a blow that made him bleed from the nose.

Toché was close to score at minute 66. Luisinho released a cross from the left, Kameni failed to clear the ball, but neither the Murcian attacker nor Cuenca were able to push the ball in from inside the box. Duda was close to score at minute 68, but he slipped at the edge of the area and his shot went out.

Toché was close to score again at minute 81 after arriving first to a loose ball before Kameni, but the Cameroonian made a late effort and blocked the shot. The locals had a last change in the stoppage time. Cavaleiro made the play on the left wing and his low cross wasn’t found by anyone until Juan Dominguez reached it at the penalty spot, but he sent the ball wide when Kameni was already defeated (90+2’). A clear picture of the unfaithful game played in a cold Riazor.

AFTER THE GAME
Eighth defeat on the season. It was an unfaithful game for the Galicians, because they showed the same lack of pace and aim, but it’s also true that Depor had clear chances, including a missed penalty, a shot that hit the post and an incredible chance at minute 90+2. Four straight games without scoring and now the negative mark is extended to 371 minutes without scoring a goal. It’s the worst mark at the club since 2010 (463 minutes)

The result is pulling Depor to the penultimate spot at the standings tied in points with last place Elche CF and only separated by the goal difference rule. Precisely the Valencians are the next rival visiting the Riazor. Depor now rest for nine days as the game is played until December 15 (20h45 CET).

MATCH STATISTICS
Deportivo: (5-3-2) Fabricio – Juanfran, Insua (Cuenca 46’), Lopo, Sidnei, Luisinho – José Rodríguez, Wilk, Medunjanin (Juan Dominguez 63’)  – Cavaleiro, Postiga (Toché 63’).
Málaga:  (4-2-3-1) Kameni – Rosales, Angeleri, Weligton, Antunes – Darder (Boka 83’), Camacho – Samuel (Horta 56’), Duda (Recio 70’), Castillejo – Santa Cruz
Goal: 0-1: (22’) Darder
Referee: Jesús Gil Manzano. He showed yellow card to Kameni (11’), Antunes (24’), Samuel (50’), Luisinho (60’), Sidnei (61’), Cuenca (73’) & Toché (86’)
Venue: Riazor (16,662)
Other statistics: Ball possession (57% - 43%); Attempts to score (10 – 5); Total shots (14 - 8); Shots on target (6 - 3); Saves by the keepers (2 - 6); Corner-kicks (5 - 5); Offsides (5 - 3); Fouls committed (14 - 15); Passing accuracy (75% - 66%)

* RESULTS & STANDINGS

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