Tactical Insights

Deportivo back in LaLiga Hypermotion sends Barça Atlético to playoffs

Barça Atlètic gave it their all but fell short at Riazor. The Barça reserve team was defeated by Deportivo with a close score of 1-0, losing their chance for direct promotion against the A Coruña team, who will be returning to LaLiga Hypermotion after four years. Despite a hard-fought match, a direct free kick by Lucas Pérez sealed the victory for the Galicians. The Blaugranas, although disappointed by the loss, were also upset by the refereeing performance of Palencia Caballero.

To the delight of Deportivo fans and the disappointment of Barça supporters, the Blaugranas will now have to fight for promotion in the playoffs. Following the defeat in A Coruña, the culé team remains in second place with 67 points, just ahead of Gimnàstic de Tarragona and Celta Fortuna with 64 points each. Ponferradina sits in fifth place with 63 points, while Deportivo leads with 74 points.

The referee from Gipuzkoa failed to call two clear penalties for Barça in the first half, which could have given the culé reserve team an advantage in A Coruña when the score was still 0-0. These missed opportunities on Guiu and Naim by Palencia Caballero could have changed the outcome of the match, but without VAR in Primera RFEF, these errors were left unaddressed.

The game was tightly contested and ultimately decided by a set piece expertly converted by the veteran Lucas Pérez. Moha fouled unnecessarily on the edge of the area, allowing the Galician to score against Astralaga at the Basque’s post. This goal sealed the fate of the match, as Deportivo controlled the game with the help of the referee’s interruptions.

Rafa Márquez’s team kept pushing, but it’s true they didn’t have the same sharpness in the game as in the first half. Guiu, Unai, Naim, and Pau Víctor carried the team’s offensive weight, but lacked some precision in completing plays, except for the penalty. The player from Badalona showcased a great performance in a tough situation and is now knocking on the first team’s door. Meanwhile, the loaned players from Leganés and Sant Cugat supported the number 9 with passes.

This content has been translated and adapted from the Spanish version of the digital newspaper

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