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07 Feb 2016
The king of the draws got a point at El Molión in a tasteless game with only a few scoring opportunities. Once again the L&L combination meant a goal for Deportivo.

Both coaches sent the expected lineups to the pitch. At Deportivo, the draw was a 4-4-2, and the only modification compared to last Monday’s draw before Rayo Vallecano was the return of German Lux, the Argentine was covering the goal.

Juanfran Moreno played at the right-back position, Fernando Navarro did it at the left, the central positions at defence were for Sidnei Rechel and Alejandro Arribas; Álex Bergantiños and Pedro Mosquera were the centre midfielders, Cani attacked from the right wing, Fayçal Fajr was at the left, then Luis Alberto and Lucas Pérez were the centre forwards.

At Sporting, coach Abelardo left Alen Halilović sat on the bench for the third straight week. The references in attack were Carlos Carmona, Cameroonian Dani Ndi, Jony Rodríguez and Toni Sanabria. It was a cold night in Gijón, but the attendance was solid, including the presence of 2,500 Depor’s fans that made the trip to Gijón.

Boring game as both teams lacked aim with their passes and therefore they barely created scoring opportunities. The locals found the goal in a rebound, while Depor’s best play meant the equalizer at the end of the half.

The start of the game was erratic, because both sides were missing a lot of easy passes. That feeling was going to prevail in the major part of the half. Sporting had the first two approximations, the first was a dangerous cross by Jonny that Lux cleared to corner-kick (4’), one minute later Mosquera lost the ball and allowed a dangerous counterattack that ended with Arribas picking an early yellow card after a tackle over Dani Ndi.

Depor’s first opportunity in the game was also the first shot on target made by both sides, Cani got the ball at the left corner of the area and his low attempt was caught by local goalie Iván Cuéllar (11’).

The pace was low, Sporting were only giving a sense of danger each time the back line was throwing long passes searching for Dani Ndi, while Depor only looked dangerous with the short combinations between Lucas, Luis Alberto and Fajr, in the end they were missing the last pass and therefore Depor failed in the attempt to complete shots on target.

The game was boring at the middle of the half and suddenly the locals earned a corner-kick that ended with a shot by Jony Rodríguez, luckily for the Asturians the ball hit Juanfran and turned into a volley that fooled Lux.

 Deportivo were unable to do anything in attack within the first 40 minutes, but then came the goal in the longest play for the Galicians, after a couple of crosses the ball ended at the left, Lucas entered the area eluding a rival and releasing a short pass that Luis Alberto found at the left corner, then the Andalusian released a strong shot that went directly into the roof of the net.

Nothing special occurred in the second part; Sporting had a strong start, but later Depor dominated the game and, despite missing to create goal opportunities, it was the best side in the pitch. Both coaches made changes, but it didn’t have an impact in the game.

The final part started with a counterattack for Depor in which Cuellar arrived first before Lucas after a low cross released by Cani (46’), but the side that was prevailing was Sporting. The Asturians pushed strongly and spent the major part of the first five minutes at Depor’s side of the field. Their first opportunity was a short-distance attempt by Carmona that went wide (47’).

Depor released this pressure in the following minutes with several short passes that allowed them to step into the rival’s area. After a series of throw-ins, the Galicians completed the first shot on goal in this half, Luis Alberto got the ball inside the area and his shot was blocked by Cuéllar (53’).

Sanabria had his first chance in the game at minute 58, he collected a cross from the left and his shot went wide just when Arribas was marking him. The Paraguayan was very active, but only enjoyed of three chances in the game, all of them in the second half. That play was also a mirage, because Deportivo were looking better at that point in the game before a rival that was hardly stepping into the rival’s area.

Abelardo didn’t like what he saw and sent Alen Halilović to the pitch replacing Carmona. Víctor responded with the entry of Luisinho for Cani and later with Cartabia taking the place of Luis Alberto.

The true is that the modifications didn’t change the game, because both sides missed the will to risk and search for the victory. Nothing special occurred within the final fifteen minutes, just two chances for Sanabria (77’ & 82’) that missed the target, and for Depor the main one was a shot by Lucas from the edge of the area that was repealed by Cuellar (80’)

Beyond the fact that a point on the road sounds great, especially in the always difficult Molinón, it was a tasteless match between two teams that barely created scoring opportunities. Only a long play that ended with a new goal created by Lucas and Luis Alberto saved a poor game in attack. The defence barely faced problems before a rival that got worse with the passage of the minutes.

The new draw leaves Depor in the same position, ten points above the pit and four under the European places. On next Saturday, Deportivo return to the Riazor in order to host Real Betis (22h05 CET).

Sporting: (4-2-3-1) Cuéllar – Vranjes, Luis Hernández, Meré, Isma López – Rachid, Sergio Álvarez – Carmona (Halilović 66’), Ndi (Pablo Pérez 78’), Jony – Sanabria (Guerrero 83’)
Deportivo: (4-4-2) Lux – Juanfran, Arribas, Sidnei, Navarro – Cani (Luisinho 70’), Álex Bergantiños, Mosquera, Fajr – Luis Alberto (Cartabia 79’), Lucas.
Goals: 1-0: (32’) Jony, 1-1: (41’) Luis Alberto
Referee: Alejandro José Hernández Hernández. He showed yellow card to Arribas (6’), Ognjen Vranješ (20’), Jony (34’) & Cartabia (88’)
Venue: El Molinón (21,690)
Other statistics:: Ball possession (45% - 55%); Attempts to score (4 – 5); Total shots (11 - 5); Shots on target (2 - 4); Saves by the keepers (3 - 1); Corner-kicks (4 - 3); Offsides (5 - 2); Fouls committed (10 - 13); Passing accuracy (64% - 73)




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