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30 Apr 2015
The survival options are vanishing as Depor played the worst game on this season. It was a big loss after the soft behavior in defence and the lack of ideas in attack. Dark days for this soulless Deportivo.

Both coaches presented the expected formations.  Víctor Sánchez sent the same men from the past game at Málaga CF, the only novelty was the return of Sidnei Rechel replacing Insua joining Albert Lopo at the centre of the defence. Fabricio Agosto was the goalkeeper, Juanfran Moreno covered the right side and Luisinho played on the left.

The centre midfielders were Celso Borges, Álex Bergantiños and Juan Dominguez. Lucas Pérez performed towards the right wing, Iván Cavaleiro did the same on the left and Oriol Riera was the centre forward.

No surprises at the squad presented by coach Fran Escribá. Brazilian Jonathas de Jesús was the main reference up front, with Víctor Rodríguez attacking from the right wing, Aarón Ñíguez did the same from the left, while French Fayçal Fajr was the playmaker in the formation.

The game was pointed as a final, but Depor played as it was a pre-season training. Elche did nothing special, but totally controlled the game before a very poor Depor. To make things worse referee Álvarez Izquierdo conceded a very cheeky penalty to put the 2-0 on the scoresheet before the 20-minute mark.

The game started with Elche CF pressing up front. The locals were also playing a final and sought for the victory since the kick-off, while Depor were holding back. And as it has happened in the previous four games with Víctor on board, the Galicians started losing in the game.

The first goal was a big error from the whole defence, the output of the ball failed and Damián Suárez got the ball at the right wing to end eluding three rivals and drilled a ball that Jonathas just had to push in from inside the box.

Depor were stunned and never reacted. Elche CF were close to score the second goal after Pedro Mosquera headed over the bar a free-kick coming from the right (8’). The first approximation for Depor in the game was a cross by Lucas that was intercepted by local goalie Przemyslaw Tyton (12’).

The visiting team was dead and more after referee Alfonso Álvarez Izquierdo whistled a very doubtful penalty. Enzo Roco was waiting for the ball at the area during a lateral free-kick, he was in the middle of two defenders, then fell down before Lopo headed the ball and the referee whistled an inexistent penalty. Defender David Lombán seized the chance and scored the second goal from the spot.

Depor continued to be a ghost in the game, their next chance arrived until minute 29 after Oriol Riera headed over the bar a cross by Álex Bergantiños. Los Blanquiazules had no presence at midfield and neither depth on the sides, so the locals were pleasantly controlling the actions and the scoresheet.

At minute 33, Lombán headed a free-kick from the left, but Fabricio was there to block the attempt. Five minutes later the same Lombán had a new chance with a direct free-kick that passed close to the far post.

Elche CF deserved to be ahead, but mainly Depor deserved to be losing for its poor football proposal. Neither Lucas nor Juan Dominguez were bringing fluency, while Cavaleiro was running on the left flank, but the Portuguese was never a factor in the game.

The horrible spectacle was completed in the second part; Depor improved a little, but Elche killed the game in the counterattack. The Galicians deserve to be in relegation after the poor impression left at the Martínez Valero.

Depor tried to react at the beginning of the second part, both Riera (46’ & 48’) and Lucas (47’) had opportunities to score, the most dangerous one was a header by Riera after a cross by Luisinho, but his attempt went close to the far post.

But all the initial reaction was dropped with a new defensive error. Damián Suárez drilled the ball into the area in a quick free-kick that surprised the whole defense, Jonathas was left alone before Fabricio, who deflected the drilling attempt, but the ball turned into a high volley that Luisinho couldn’t clear at the goal line and midfielder Mario Pašalić just had to push the ball in.

The game left the feeling of been over at this point. Salomão replaced Juan Dominguez and the first shot on target for Depor in the game came until minute 60, it was an attempt by Riera from the centre of the area that was stopped by Tyton.

Fariña and Toché entered for Lucas and Cavaleiro,  Before leaving, Cavaleiro completed the second shot on target for Depor with an attempt from outside the area that was blocked by Tyton (66’), four minutes later Luisinho fired from the left wing and his volley hit the crossbar.

Truly Depor had more arrivals in the second part, but it continued leaving the impression of been a broken and soulless team. Actually, Elche CF continued looking more dangerous with their counterattacks before a desperate defensive line that was trying to play in an advanced line.

A clear demonstration of the softness at the defence was witnessed at minute 78; Damian Suárez placidly entered the area by the right side, his drilling cross was cleared, but Jonathas recovered the ball before the passive attitude of Lopo and Juanfran, and only the chest of Fabricio prevented the fourth goal.

Toché was close to score at minute 87 with a drilling shot saved by Tyton, and in the stoppage time Depor left a new proof of its softness in defence. The Galicians were taking a corner-kick, and from there the locals launched a deadly counterattack with two substitutes, Coro assisted Garry Rodrigues who scored with a drilling attempt from inside the area. 4-0 and a big disappointment for Deportivo.

Depor were playing a final and ended looking like disputing a pre-season training. It was the worst game on the season with the same offensive lack of ideas and this time with a soft defence before a direct rival that played its more placid game on the campaign.

Depor remain in relegation and extended tis winless streak to twelve games. With only four games remaining the future is dark for Los Blanquiazules. There’s not much time to react as Villarreal CF visit the Riazor on Saturday (22h00 CET).

Elche:(4-2-3-1) Tyton – Suárez, Roco, Lombán, Cisma – Mosquera, Pašalić – Víctor Rodríguez (Gary Rodrigues 82’), Fajr (Coro 87’), Aarón (Adrián 68’) - Jonathas
Deportivo: (4-3-3) Fabricio – Juanfran, Lopo, Sidnei, Luisinho – Álex Bergantiños, Borges, Juan Domínguez (Salomão 54’) – Lucas (Fariña 62’), Riera, Cavaleiro (Toché 68’).
Goals: 1-0 (6’) Jonathas, 2-0: (19’) Lombán (penalty), 3-0: (53’) Pašalić, 4-0: (90+1’) Garry Rodrigues
Referee: Alfonso Álvarez Izquierdo. He showed yellow card to Lopo (36’), Luisinho (42’) & Damián Suárez (85’)
Venue: Manuel Martínez Valero stadium (20,000)
Other statistics: Ball possession (58% - 42%); Attempts to score (13 – 9); Total shots (12 - 10); Shots on target (7 - 5); Saves by the keepers (5 – 3); Corner-kicks (3 - 4); Offsides (6 - 3); Fouls committed (7 - 10); Passing accuracy (83% -78%)




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