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17 Dec 2018
Zaragoza gave a hard battle, but fell down as it was unable to defend properly the set-pieces. The Galicians are back into the second place.

Coach Natxo González made several changes at the starting lineup, Pedro Sánchez and Álex Bergantiños returned into the starting formation, while David Simón, Fede Cartabia and Carles Gilwere on the bench.

Dani Giménez was the starting goalkeeper, Eneko Bóveda covered the right side in defence, Pablo Mari and Domingos Duarte covered the central positions, Diego Caballo was on the left. The trio at midfield was composed by Álex Bergantiños, Vicente Gómez and Edu Expósito. Pedro Sánchez was the playmaker, while Borja Valle and Quique González were the centre forwards.

At Real Zaragoza, coach Lucas Alcaraz presented the expected system with five defenders including three centre-backs. Marc Gual and Álvaro Vázquez were the references in attack, while centre-back Alberto Guitián was debuting after been signed on last week.

Difficult half for Deportivo, Real Zaragoza planned a game based in the pressure over Álex Bergantiños and to focus the attacks on the flank of Bóveda, it worked for them, but at the same time the Aragonians didn’t count with the punch of a Depor that scored three times.

The visiting team surprised as it was the side pushing since the start, at minute 3, Lasure missed the target firing from long-distance.  The Aragonians were moving the ball in attack, but it was Depor the side that scored first.

A free-kick for the Galicians ended with Pedro Sánchez assisting Borja Valle and the striker scored with a crossed shot. He was clearly in offside, but the referee didn’t see it. But the reply from Zaragoza came in the next play. After a corner-kick, Vicente Gómez blocked a shot with both hands and the referee whistled the penalty, which was converted by Javi Ros.

In the following minutes, the Aragonians looked better having the ball. Depor was having big problems with the output of the ball, mainly because Álex was well marked. The locals had a good chance at minute 23, Edu Expósito found space on the left and released a cross that was missed by three attackers.

Then Depor scored the second goal. Zaragoza was playing well, but it was failing defending the set-pieces. And it’s that the second goal arrived in a new lateral free-kick for Depor. Pedro Sánchez took the free-kick and his cross was headed by Domingos Duarte between three defenders.

The goal killed the spirit of Zaragoza and Deportivo claimed the control of the actions, mainly thanks to the new position of Álex, who exchanged the spot with Vicente Gómez. The half ended with a new penalty, this time in favour of the Galicians. Pedro Sánchez assisted Caballo on the left, and he released a cross that was going to be collected by Edu Expósito at the box, but he was fouled by Lasure and Quique González didn’t miss from the spot.

Boring second part, Depor was content with the two-goal lead, while Zaragoza tried, but it missed ideas and spark. There were no shots on target in the final part, and the best chance to score came until the last minute through a shot from Carles Gil.

Álvaro Ratón entered in the second half replacing visiting goalie Cristian Álvarez, Depor was looking better, but Zaragoza was still trying. At minute 52, Marc Gual attempted a shot that went wide.

The visiting side started to play with the same scheme than Depor after the entry of James Igbekeme, while Álex Bergantiños returned to be the link between the centre midfielders and the centre-backs. Zaragoza had the ball possession, but it didn’t create scoring opportunities in this half.

So, it was Depor the side that had the first chances. Bóveda was alone inside the area and lasted too much in assisting Borja Valle, so the final attempt was saved by Ratón (68’). Only seconds later the same striker picked a bad pass from the defence and his low shot passed close to the near post.

Then Krohn-Dehli replaced Vicente Gómez and the game started a phase in which nothing important happened. Carles Gil and Cartabia were the last substitutions for the locals, the first man had the last chance to score with a crossed shot that missed the target by inches (90’).

Not the best version of Deportivo, the Blanquiazul team didn’t have the high pressure commented during the week and had problems in the output of the ball, but the order in defence and the punch in attack was enough to knock down a Real Zaragoza that didn’t defend properly the set-pieces.

The victory helps to extend the undefeated streak of the Galicians to 13 games, and also helps to put Depor back at the second position. The year will end for Depor visiting Cádiz CF (Ramón de Carranza, Saturday (20h45 CET).

Deportivo: (4-3-1-2) Dani Giménez – Bóveda, Domingos Duarte, Pablo Mari, Caballo – Álex Bergantiños, Vicente Gómez (Krohn-Dehli 68’), Edu Expósito – Pedro Sánchez (Cartabia 90’) – Quique González, Borja Valle (Carles Gil 82’).
Zaragoza: (5-3-2) Cristian Álvarez (Álvaro Ratón 46’) –Benito, Nieto, Guitián, Verdasca, Lasure (James Igbekeme 54’) – Pepe Biel, Javi Ros, Raúl Guti (Pombo 59’) – Marc Gual, Álvaro Vázquez
Goals: 1-0: (8’) Borja Valle, 1-1: (12’) Javi Ros (penalty), 2-1: (30’) Domingos Duarte, 3-1: (44’) Quique González (penalty)
Referee: Juan Luis Pulido Santana. He showed yellow card to Vicente Gómez (12’), Verdasca (29’), Lasure (43’), Igbekeme (62’), Marc Gual (70’) & Benito (89’)
Venue: Riazor (14,368)
Other statistics: Ball possession (55% - 45%); Attempts to score (5 – 2); Total shots (9 - 9); Shots on target (4 - 3); Saves by the keepers (3 - 1); Corner-kicks (1 - 4); Offsides (4 - 1); Fouls committed (11- 17); Passing accuracy (81% - 76%)



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