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REVIEW: DEPORTIVO 3 – MALAGA 3 (LIGA)

06 Mar 2016
Déjà vu at the Riazor. Deportivo dropped again two points in the final minute after coming from behind twice. Many errors at both sides, mainly with Depor poorly defending the set-pieces.

BEFORE THE GAME
Coach Víctor Sánchez presented several novelties at the lineup, starting with the draw: 4-3-3. Like last week’s game against Granada CF, left-back Fernando Navarro was replaced as a centre-back. German Lux was the starting goalie, Juanfran Moreno covered the right side of the defence, Luisinho was on the left and Alejandro Arribas joined Navarro at the centre.

The trivote at midfield was composed by Celso Borges, Álex Bergantiños and Pedro Mosquera. Argentine Fede Cartabia was the right winger, Luis Alberto attacked from the left flank and Lucas Pérez was the centre forward.

At Málaga CF, coach Javi Gracia presented the expected 4-4-2 figure. Weligton Robson was back at the centre of the defence, while the references in attack were Ghanaian Christian Atsu, Gonzalo ‘Chory’ Castro, Paraguayan Roque Santa Cruz and Brazilian Charles.

FIRST HALF
Entertaining half, but not a good game as the errors were the detonators of the best opportunities. Another day in the office for Depor allowing the first goal in the first chance for the rival, then Lucas missed a clear chance and Cartabia made a great play that allowed Borges to tie the match.

The game started with a good dynamic, Depor earned two corner-kicks within the first two minutes and Málaga CF were trying to attack with quick and combinative plays. But the first scoring opportunity came until minute 11, a bad clearance by Lux ended in a cross from left that Atsu sent wide.

Then Deportivo had two straight opportunities after visiting goalie Kameni failed to clear the ball twice. In the first the Cameroonian couldn’t catch a corner coming from the left and Mosquera was unable to push the ball in from almost the goal line (12’), one minute later Lucas collected a drilling cross from the left and the visiting keeper failed to get the ball, but the attempt from the Galician attacker hit the chest of Kameni and was later cleared by the defence.

At minute 22, Cartabia attempted a curved shot from inside the area, but the ball was deflected by Weligton. Deportivo weren’t looking dangerous but were earning a lot of corner-kicks, 6 in only 25 minutes, though all of them missed the target. The two thrown at minute 25 ended in shots by Juanfran that didn’t meet the goal.

And suddenly Málaga scored, and ironically it was in the first corner for the Andalusians, the corner from the left was slightly deflected by Recio and the ball wasn’t cleared by anyone inside the area, the ball passed between Lux and three defenders and Charles found it at the far post to just head it into the net from close range.

Depor continued to show its miseries as Lucas missed and easy goal at minute 33, he was left alone before Kameni, his drilling attempt hit the thigh of the Cameroonian, then the loose ball was collected again by the Galician attacker, who fired again from the box and this time he hit the body of Weligton when it was easier to score.

In that play Kameni had to be replaced after picking a muscle problem. Mexican Guillermo Ochoa replaced him. It seemed that Depor were mentally off the game after the miss by Lucas, but the Galicians managed to score the equalizer before the break.

The play was started by Luisinho on the left, he assisted Fede Cartabia, who made a perfect play to drill the ball into the path of Celso Borges, who elegantly eluded a rival to end scoring with a gently touch from the box.

Depor pressed within the final minutes and surrounded the visiting area within the final three minutes and the added time, but the side with the biggest chance to claim the lead before the pause was Málaga CF, Navarro made a bad clearance with a header and the play ended with a high cross from the left that reached the path of Chory Castro, who sent the ball wide from the left corner of the box (45+3’)

SECOND HALF
Same picture in the final part, the errors at both sides, plus the calls of the referee, turned on a game in which again Depor dropped two points in the final minute. Lucas redeemed himself, but the lack of strength defending the set-pieces left a negative impression.

The first chance in the second half was for Málaga CF, the second corner in the game for the Andalusians ended with a header of Albentosa that went over the crossbar (48’). The Andalusians had to waste the two remaining two changes in replacing injured players, Chory Castro left the match during the pause and Santa Cruz left the game after only ten minutes in the final part.

Deportivo were having the ball, but they were finding a crowded field at the side of Málaga CF, the Galicians never found the way to end the plays with a shot. Depor continued to waste the corner-kicks and the first one that met a Depor’s player inside the area was the 10th (and last one), this time it was connected by Álex, but he sent the ball wide (58’).

And Málaga found the second goal and again on a corner-kick, their third on the game. Recio released a high cross from the left and Camacho, without any opposition, headed the ball in from the box. Víctor moved the bench and Fayçal Fajr entered and replaced Álex Bergantiños.

Again Depor was again the ropes, but this time the equalizer arrived soon. A quick attack ended with a pass by Luis Alberto into the right wing, Cartabia got the ball and easily eluded two rivals to enter the area and beat Ochoa with a low shot into the near post. It was the best game for the Argentine on this season, with a goal and an assist.

Jonás Gutiérrez was the second substitution in the game, he claimed the spot of Luis Alberto. Depor were coming from behind twice and, without doing too much, they were getting the first win in 2016, but as it happened in the game against Valencia CF they were going to drop two points in the final minute.

Again a set-piece and this time it was a big error by referee Carlos Velasco Carballo. He whistled an inexistent foul of Oriol Riera, who minutes before had replaced Lucas, over Atsu. Depor were releasing a counterattack after a corner and the midfielder missed to connect the ball with the head and the attacker got it without any foul, but the whistle was made and the resulting free-kick ended in a cross sent into the area that was headed by Arribas, who tried to clear the ball to corner, but instead he sent it into the left-bottom corner of Lux.

The game ended with the desperation of Depor and a yellow card to Manu at Depor’s bench for protesting the foul that cost the third goal. Neither Malaga’s players ended content as Ignacio Camacho was sent off with a second yellow card after throwing the ball when the referee had already whistled a foul.

AFTER THE GAME
Bittersweet taste in the mouth after a game without good football, but with several errors that allowed to see six goals. Depor came from behind twice, but only got a point after allowing a new late goal. Málaga only needed two shots on target to score three goals and collect a golden point.

Depor remain winless in 2016. The Galicians are 12th at the standings and will wait for the end of the matchday in order to see the distance with the drop zone. On next Saturday the team visits Atlético Madrid (Calderón stadium, 20h30 CET).

MATCH STATISTICS
Deportivo: (4-3-3) Lux – Juanfran, Arribas, Navarro, Luisinho – Álex Bergantiños (Fajr 67’), Mosquera, Borges – Cartabia (Jonás 83’), Lucas (Riera 84’), Luis Alberto.
Málaga: (4-4-2) Kameni (Ochoa 36’) – Rosales, Albentosa, Weligton, Miguel Torres – Atsu, Recio, Camacho, Chory Castro (Horta 46’) – Santa Cruz (Pablo Fornals 53’), Charles
Goals: Goals: 0-1: (28’) Charles, 1-1: (42’) Borges, 1-2: (62’) Camacho, 2-2: (68’) Cartabia, 3-2: (80’) Lucas, 3-3: (89’) Arribas (o.g.)
Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo. He showed yellow card to Luis Alberto (20’), Miguel Torres (41’), Álex Bergantiños (45+3’), Charles (52’), Mosquera (77’), Manu (88’) & Albentosa (89’). Camacho was sent off with two yellow cards (76’ & 89’).
Venue: Riazor (18,466)
Other statistics: Ball possession (55% - 45%); Attempts to score (7 – 5); Total shots (14 - 5); Shots on target (7 - 2); Saves by the keepers (0 - 4); Corner-kicks (10 - 4); Offsides (3 - 7); Fouls committed (10 - 12); Passing accuracy (76% - 70%)

* RESULTS & STANDINGS

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