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08 Mar 2020
Deportivo are back in relegation, and it came after the biggest defeat of the season. UD Almería didn’t do too much, but it was deadly against an extremely fragile defensive line.

Coach Fernando Vázquez presented the expected formation with five defenders, but with a novelty as Uche Agbo was a starter at midfield. Álex Bergantiños was the one that was sent to the bench.

Dani Giménez was the goalkeeper, Eneko Bóveda covered the right side in defence, the left was for Víctor Mollejo. The three positions at the centre were for Peru Nolaskoain, Mujaid Sadick and Javi Montero. Gaku Shibasaki joined Uche at midfield, Ager Aketxe played towards the right wing, Emre Çolak did the same at the left and Sabin Merino was the centre forward.

At UD Almeria, coach José María Gutiérrez presented novelties at midfield as César de La Hoz and Valentín Vada were starters, but the lineup was the expected figure of a 4-4-2 with Juan Muñoz and Darwin Núñez as the references in attack.

The defensive distractions put the game uphill to Deportivo, two mistakes allowed UD Almería to take a comfortable lead, later the Galicians had the ball, but they were simply harmless, to the point of not completing any shot on target in this part.

The game started with a Deportivo that was feeling comfortable, the Galicians were having the ball and had a couple of arrivals without consequences. Then Bóveda got injured as he fought for the ball in offensive positions and he was replaced by Hugo Vallejo. Depor’s first approximation came at minute 7, Emre Çolak stole the ball at the left side and his cross was too long for Sabin Merino.

Then the game entered a phase were both teams were missing passes, but Depor were feeling comfortable as the locals weren’t putting any pressure. But then UD Almería scored in their first chance in the game. It was a low cross from the left, Darwin Núñez got the ball despite been behind Javi Montero, and later the attacker bet Montero as the latter slipped and then Núñez didn’t miss from the  box.

It was what UD Almería were waiting, an early lead in order to control the nerves and the pressure. Depor were still finding the ball after the goal, because the locals were locked at their side of the pitch and weren’t pressing.

But the Galicians lacked ideas, their next approximation was a cross of Mollejo that didn’t find a receiver (17’). At the middle of the first part the ball was already for Depor and their first shot was an attempt of Uche Agbo that went over the crossbar.

And then UD Almería were going to score again in their second opportunity. Corpas reached the edge of the area as Mollejo allowed it, then he passed the ball to Iván Balliu, who dribbled a passive Peru Nolaskoain to end scoring with a drilling shot.

Depor returned to be the fragile team of the first round, because the locals scored after only having two arrivals. The Galicians had the ball within the last fifteen minutes, but it was unable to create anything. And the best demonstration of this is the fact that the visiting side didn’t complete any shot on target in the first half.

The “show” continued in the second part, UD Almería again scored twice thanks to Depor’s terrible defence. The Galicians only created some danger at the end of the game, with Aketxe having two of the opportunities.

Fernando Vázquez made the second substitution since the start and Claudio Beauvue replaced Sabin Merino. But the side that started stronger was UD Almería, the locals had two consecutive corners and later Dai Giménez saved a drilling shot from Corpas (47’).

Depor were lost and a bad pass from Emre Çolak almost cost the third goal, but Corpás missed the target (47’). The first chance for Depor was a shot of Mollejo that missed the target, and in the next play the locals met the third goal.

Again the defensive line of Deportivo was too passive to control the counterattack, José Corpas hit the far post and the loose ball was met by Juan Muñoz, who didn’t have any problem to score from inside the area.

Deportivo were already dead, and that taking in mid that 65 minutes were left. The visiting side was still having the ball, but later they were crashing against Almería’s defensive wall. Koné was the last substitution as he replaced Emre Çolak.

UD Almería were closer to a fourth goal, at minute 68, a counterattack in which Mujaid slipped it ended with a shot of Corpas that was blocked by Dani Giménez. José Corpas was in every play and he was close to score again, but he sent the ball out after collecting a cross from Fran Villalba in a corner-kick action.

Then Depor had three opportunities. The first shot on target for Depor in the game came until minute 81, Koné got the ball at the edge of the area and his low shot was blocked by local goalie Fernando Martínez.

Four minutes later Aketxe hit the post, Beauvue made a great play at the edge of the area, he assisted the Basque playmaker and his low shot hit Fernando Martínez, the deflection hit the crossbar and bounced outside the goal line. Also clear was the chance at minute 87, a long ball from Gaku was collected by Koné at the left, then he sent a cross into the path of Aketxe, who incredibly missed the target from the box.

Nothing was working for Depor and there was time to allow a fourth goal. And again it was thanks to a poor performance by Montero and again with José Corpas as the main actor. He entered the area by the right, Montero defended poorly the position and the cross surpassed the other two centre-backs, and Darwin Núñez was a the far post to net his second in the game. The disaster was over.

Horrible game by Deportivo, mainly in defence. UD Almería claimed a two-goal lead in the first part without doing anything special, later there was no reaction from the Galicians, and it was until the end that they had opportunities. But the Andalusians found two more goals in the second half to complete a game to forget.

The biggest defeat of the season is pushing Deportivo back into relegation places. The next game is the visit of Sporting Gijón to the Riazor (Saturday, 21h00 CET). Víctor Mollejo is suspended for that game after picking a fifth yellow card.

Almería: (4-4-2) Fernando – Balliu, David Costas, Maraš, Iván Martos – Corpas, César de la Hoz, Vada (Aguza 65’), Fran Villalba (Enzo Zidane 79’) – Juan Muñoz (Appiah 72’), Darwin Núñez.
Deportivo: (5-4-1) Dani Giménez – Bóveda (Hugo Vallejo 6’), Nolaskoain, Mujaid, Montero, Mollejo – Aketxe, Uche Agbo, Gaku, Çolak (Koné 67’) – Sabin Merino (Beauvue 46’).
Goals: 1-0: (11’) Darwin Núñez, 2-0: (28’) Iván Balliu, 3-0: (52’) Juan Muñoz, 4-0: (90’) Darwin Núñez
Referee: Daniel Jesús Trujillo Suárez. He showed yellow card to Peru Nolaskoain (45+1’), Mollejo (62’) & Fran Villalba (77’)
VAR Official: Miguel Ángel Ortiz Arias. No revisions were made.
Venue: Estadio de los Juegos Mediterráneos (9,116).
Other statistics: Ball possession (45% - 55%); Attempts to score (8 – 3); Total shots (15 - 13); Shots on target (8 - 2); Saves by the keepers (3 – 4); Corner-kicks (5 - 5); Offsides (1 - 1); Fouls committed (13 – 4); Passing accuracy (71% - 72%)



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