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REVIEW: DEPORTIVO 0 – LUGO 0 (LIGA)

02 Mar 2020
Poor game in which Depor didn’t demonstrate anything. Fernando Vázquez lasted in making the changes and his team tried but was unable to complete a shot on target in the second half.

BEFORE THE GAME
Coach Fernando Vázquez sent the expected squad. It was the same starting eleven that lost at Real Zaragoza with the only novelty of Vicente Gómez claiming the spot of suspended Gaku Shibasaki.

Dani Giménez was the starting goalie, Eneko Bóveda covered the right side in defence, the left was for Víctor Mollejo. Peru Nolaskoain, Mujaid Sadick and Javi Montero were the centre-backs. Álex Bergantiños joined Vicente at midfield. Ager Aketxe attacked from the right wing, Emre Çolak was attached to the left and Sabin Merino was the centre forward.

At CD Lugo, coach Curro Torres allowed to see Cristian Herrera in attack as he kept the 4-3-3 figure. Jose Angel Carrillo, Yanis Rahmani and Moctar El Hacen were the other references in attack.

FIRST HALF
More shadows than lights in the first part. Both teams seemed like afraid to lose, so there were no risks, though there were some fast plays in attack as both outfits were finding plenty of room to release the counterattack.

The game had a calm start. Depor were at their side of the pitch, waiting for a rival that was having the ball without too much depth. Starting at minute 10, the locals were having the ball, but without hurries as they didn’t want to risk the ball.

The first chance to score came at minute 11, a free-kick attempt by was deflected by visiting goalie Ander Cantero and later Depor’s attackers didn’t know what to do with the loose ball. One minute later, Álex missed the target firing from the edge of the area after a corner-kick.

At minute 16, CD Lugo lost the ball close to their area and in the resulting attack the shot of Aketxe was saved by Cantero. At this height the game was becoming more open. Both sides were finding cracks to release fast attacks. At minute 20, Yanis Rahmani missed the target firing from the left side of the area.

Five minutes later, Emre Çolak scored from close range, but the goal was disallowed for an offside. Both sides weren’t creating clear opportunities, but the game was entertaining due to the fast plays delivered in their attacks.

Then both teams turned to be erratic passing the ball and within the last fifteen minutes the game turned to be boring. Aketxe was the most active player for the locals and the one having the opportunities. At minute 31, he fired from the edge of the area and the ball went out.

The last chance in the first part was again a free-kick action and once again it was Aketxe, and his strong volley was saved by Cantero (43’).  The Basque midfielder had three of the four chances created by Depor in the first half.

SECOND HALF
Disappointing performance in the second half by Deportivo. Los Blanquiazules tried to have the initiative, but crashed before an ordered team that looked better. CD Lugo missed ideas in attack and therefore there weren’t clear chances in this half.

The second half was cool, Depor tried to have the initiative, but had poor ideas in attack. The heat was coming from the stands as the public was protesting each time the visiting side was wasting time. The locals were trying to exploit the sides, but CD Lugo were feeling comfortable waiting at their side of the pitch.

Since minute 55, Depor made a step forward and were pushing for the goal, but Los Blanquiazules didn’t have the ideas to break the visiting defence. It was then that CD Lugo assumed their role of patiently waiting for the counterattack. Later they even claimed the ball possession against a clueless Deportivo.

The first .-and only- shot on target in the game for CD Lugo came at minute 62, Cristian Herrera found the ball at the left side of the area and his crossing attempt was an easy catch for Dani Giménez. Depor first chance in the second part came at minute 65, Sabin Merino collected a high ball inside the area, but later he couldn’t resolve against Marcelo Djaló. That was going to be the most dangerous play of Depor in the second part.

Then CD Lugo grew in the game, Depor were having problems to create any play in attack and the visiting side felt comfortable on the pitch, and despite they needed the victory the most, they seemed content with the point.

Deportivo were totally disconnected within the last twenty minutes. And Fernando Vázquez lasted in making the changes. The three modifications were made within the last ten minutes. Claudio Beauvue, Hugo Vallejo and Uche Agbo entered the pitch, but nothing changed.

AFTER THE GAME
Poor display by Deportivo. Los Blanquiazules never risked and, after some good moves in the first part, the offensive game disappeared in the second half, and to make things worse, Fernando Vázquez lasted too much in making the changes.

This is a poor result for Depor. The team can now start to say good-bye to any dream to reach the playoff zone, and now it remains living clos to relegation. The next game is the visit to UD Almeria (Saturday, 21h00 CET).

MATCH STATISTICS
Deportivo: (5-4-1) Dani Giménez – Bóveda (Hugo Vallejo 85’), Nolaskoain, Mujaid, Montero, Mollejo – Aketxe, Álex Bergantiños, Vicente Gómez (Beauvue 82’), Çolak (Uche Agbo 87’) – Sabin Merino.
Lugo: (4-3-3) Ander Cantero - Campabadal, Peybernes, Djaló (Pita 77’), Kravets - El Hacen, Jaume Grau, Jaime Seoane - Carrillo, Cristian Herrera (Iriome 68’), Rahmani (Rahmani 86’).
Referee: Dámaso Arcediano Monescillo. He showed yellow card to Peybernes (17’)
VAR Official: Daniel Jesús Trujillo Suárez.  It disallowed a goal to Emre Çolak (22’).
Venue: Riazor (25,963)
Other statistics: Ball possession (59% - 41%); Attempts to score (4 – 2); Total shots (8 - 8); Shots on target (3 - 1); Saves by the keepers (1 – 3); Corner-kicks (4 - 5); Offsides (4 - 2); Fouls committed (10 – 14); Passing accuracy (77% - 65%)

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