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10 Sep 2018
Deserved victory for a Deportivo that was better, but that had to wait until the end in order to score. Didier Moreno missed a penalty, Carlos Fernández wasted two clear chances, and Pablo Mari was the hero.

Coach Natxo González was presenting some novelties in his 4-3-1-2 draw. Álex Bergantiños and Pedro Sánchez were starters while Carlos Fernández was making his debut.

Dani Giménez was the starting goalie, David Simón covered the right side in defence, Diego Caballo played on the left, Pablo Mari and Domingos Duarte were the centre midfielders. The trio at midfield was composed by Didier Moreno, Álex Bergantiños and Vicente Gómez; then Michael Krohn-Dehli was playing behind Pedro Sánchez and Carlos Fernández.

At Sporting Gijón, coach Rubén Baraja made a substitution in the expected formation as Nacho Méndez was one of the centre midfielders. Carlos Carmona, Álvaro Jiménez and Uroš Đurđević were the references in attack.

The local side was the better team in this part of the meeting, mainly because the rival did nothing but to defend the goalless draw. The Galicians didn’t look strong, but at least they pressed in the last stretch and even missed a penalty. 

Depor started pressing and trying to have the initiative, but it didn’t create scoring chances with the exception of a couple of doubts from visiting goalie Diego Mariño during the set-pieces. Neither the visiting side were doing too much, they managed to balance the game by minute 15, but later lacked depth in attack.

It was necessary to wait until minute 27 in order to see the first shot on target, it was a corner-kick in which Pedro Sánchez fired from the left corner of the area and Mariño made the save, two minutes later the Galicians earned a doubtful penalty.

Pedro Sánchez stole the ball against Babin, then he assisted Carlos Fernández and the striker tried to shoot from close range, but he was blocked by Isaac Cofie and the referee whistled a doubtful penalty. Didier Moreno didn’t seize the chance as his shot from the spot was deflected by Mariño.

The missed penalty awoke Depor and the Galicians started to look dangerous, at minute 32 a promising counterattack ended with a wide shot of Pedro Sánchez. Five minutes later Carlos Fernández headed out a cross from Caballo. Deportivo ended the half looking superior, something that wasn’t too difficult taking in mind that the rival didn’t complete a shot after 45 minutes.

There was only one team on the pitch in this half and it was Deportivo, more because Sporting was a ghost that did nothing. The big difference with the first part was that Depor had pause, it failed to seize their best chances, but also knew how to wait and the goal arrived at the last second.

Depor started pressing and it was close to score after only one minute, a collective play on the right ended with David Simón releasing a precise cross that Carlos Fernández headed with the ball passing close to the far post of Mariño.

Sporting were having big problems in the output of the ball, they were losing every battle at midfield and therefore Depor were looking superior and started to lock the rival inside their side of the field. The Galicians started to make combinations at the edge of the rival’s area, but in the end those plays weren’t ending in scoring chances.

There was an exception at minute 62, Carlos Fernández got the ball inside the area and he was alone enough to release a low shot, but the crossed attempt went wide. Natxo moved the bench and Fede Cartabia replaced Carlos Fernández, the striker was debuting and left a positive impression, but he wasted two good chances, just what a finisher cannot do.

And the entry of Cartabia was positive, because the Argentine brought ideas in the last meters. At minute 75, things got more complicated for Sporting. Domingos Duarte made a solo play at the left and dribbled three rivals to end been fouled at the edge of the area, that action cost the second yellow to Isaac Cofie.

With ten men on the field, the best that Sporting shown were two free-kick in which substitute Hernán Santana sent the ball out. Those actions should have meant to see the first chances for the Asturians, but the midfielder released decomposed crossing attempts that reflect the terrible performance of his team.

Natxo continued putting offensive midfielders on the field, so Carles Gil and Mosquera entered the field. Gil had an attempt to score at minute 88, he collected the ball at the edge of the area and his curved shot was blocked by Mariño.

And when it seemed that Depor were dropping two points, it came the goal of Pablo Mari. It was a corner-kick action in which the locals didn’t lose the patience, after several combinations Cartabia got the ball at the left side of the area and released a precise cross into the box, the centre-back was there to cross Mariño with a great header.

Positive impression by a Deportivo that got the victory in the last second. Sporting was a poor team that didn’t even complete a shot. Didier Moreno missed a penalty and Carles Fernández failed two clear chances, and the goal came in the stoppage time with a header of Pablo Mari.

Depor is now inside the promotion zone and remain undefeated. The next liga game is the visit to AD Alcorcón (Saturday, 20h00 CET). Before the Galicians visit Real Zaragoza in the second round of Copa Del Rey (Wednesday, 21h00 CET).

Deportivo: (4-3-1-2) Dani Giménez – David Simón, Pablo Mari, Domingos Duarte, Caballo – Vicente Gómez (Mosquera 87’), Álex Bergantiños (Carles Gil 80’), Didier Moreno – Krohn-Dehli – Pedro Sánchez, Carlos Fernández (Fede Cartabia 71’).
Sporting: (4-1-4-1) Diego Marino – Geraldes, Álex Pérez, Babin, Molinero – Isaac Cofie – Carmona (Cristian Salvador 80’), Nacho Méndez, Andre Sousa, Álvaro Jiménez (Hernán Santana 62’) – Đurđević (Neftali Manzambi 71’)
Goal: 1-0: (90+3’) Pablo Mari
Referee: Gorka Sagués Oscoz. He showed yellow card to Álex Pérez (34’), Carlos Fernández (40’), André Sousa (60’), Nacho Méndez (64’) &  Didier Moreno (83’). Isaac Cofie  was sent off with two yellow cards(29’ & 75’)
Venue: Riazor (15,958)
Other statistics: Ball possession (60% - 40%); Attempts to score (8 – 0); Total shots (17 - 0); Shots on target (6- 0); Saves by the keepers (0 - 5); Corner-kicks (8 - 1); Offsides (0 - 2); Fouls committed (11- 18); Passing accuracy (74% - 60%)



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