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Deportivo take the points from Los Pajaritos

Disastrous start to the game condemns Numancia to home defeat

Numancia went down to Deportivo de La Coruña by a 1-2 score line in the Friday fixture at Los Pajaritos. It was a game in which the Sorianos condemned themselves owing to the disastrous start they made. The visitors capitalised on their first two chances, beating the debutant ‘keeper Gaizka Campos twice to run up a 0-2 lead by the eighth minute of the game.

Firstly, Borja Valle finished off a neat one-two on the edge of the box, a move in which the passiveness of the Rojillo defence was nothing short of exasperating. Then, barely four minutes later, Somma headed into the net from a corner to give his side a lead that would prove insurmountable for the Sorianos, even though there were still more than 80 minutes to play.

Numancia are a team who are sorely lacking in confidence and do not look comfortable out on the pitch, and this shows in their play. It was not that Deportivo were especially inspired, but to gift such opportunities to players who only a few months ago were in the top flight, and so early in the game, meant López Garai’s charges gave themselves too much of a burden to carry.

In the second half, Numancia ended up playing with all the forwards the team have available. David Rodríguez, Higinio, Guillermo and Borja Viguera were all on the field in a desperate attempt to get the goal that would put the Sorianos back in the game.

The Rojillos, though, do not have Lady Luck smiling on them of late, and they are also losing their football. Guillermo crashed a header on to the crossbar and it seemed the ball did not want to go in past Dani Giménez. Meanwhile, Gaizka Campos made a good save from Pedro, which could have been Depor’s third, and although Numancia died with their boots on, having got a goal back in the 89th minute, another header from Guillermo, the victory and the points went to La Coruña.

Now, everybody has to pull together, and the team must keep plugging away to get the points that are necessary to avoid the drop.

C.D. Numancia: Campos, Markel, Atienza, Escassi, Ganea, Gus Ledes, Villalba (Borja Viguera, 75), Diamanka, Yeboah (Guillermo, 58), David Rodríguez, Higinio.

R.C. Deportivo: Dani Giménez, Bóveda, Duarte, Somma, Caballo, Bergantiños, Edu Expósito, Cartabia (Íñigo López, 71), Borja Valle (Pedro Sánchez. 70), Carlos Fernández (Vicente Gómez, 77), Quique.

Referee:  Milla Alvéndiz (Andalusian Committee). Yellow cards for Higinio and Atienza, Numancia and the Deportivo players Borja Valle, Edu Expósito and Somma, twice, for which he was sent off in the 68th minute.

Goals: 0-1. M. 3. Borja Valle. 0-2. M. 8. Somma. 1-2. M. 89. Guillermo.

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