The Kings were Solomonic 2017 and the first game ended in a draw.Deportivo went ahead thanks to a goal by Borges strategy and Espanyol equalized thanks to Gerard and collaboration Sidnei. The white and blue had good moments but lacked a little consistency in the match. True Jurado was about to victory with a free kick that crashed against the crossbar.
Espanyol returned to competition in order to forget the defeat against FC Barcelona and elimination copera against AD Alcorcón and resume as soon as the good dynamics of play and results that have led to the area noble classification. The context was not favorable: the Epiphany, time and even played against the cold white and blue. Nor recent history: eight seasons without winning the first game of the year. Besides the area had to overcome a number of factors not too favorable to try to add the first win of the year.
Once again this season, Quique Sánchez Flores was forced to make changes to his starting lineup. Roberto returned to the ownership at the expense of Diego Lopez, who could not recover in time. Madrid coach also decided to double entry Salva Sevilla winger, Jurado and overtake only play with Gerard Moreno pointed. The team carried out well and good approaches to the visitors. Jurado, Aaron and Piatti combined regular and players were more incisive in the first section of the game. Piatti, with two shots, was the first to try to overcome Tyton.
After a good start, the match was complicated. Many faults, interruptions, protests and loss of time. From a very fluid game went to another scenario in which only seemed possible to create danger on set pieces. Espanyol tried a couple of services and Deportivo, which has several players of a considerable size, also took the corners to try to overcome Roberto.
The beginning of the second half was more electric. Jurado had a very clear opportunity to advance Espanyol after a great pass from Gerard, but the Andalusian walked slow finish. Deportivo replied with a shot that left a great Borges shaking the crossbar of the goal Roberto. The Quique Sanchez Flores and fend tested reflexes Tyton who saved two good goal chances Jurado and Piatti. The goal seemed closer and it was, but not for white and blue. Deportivo, who had threatened a corner kick, scored the first with a header from Borges could not stop Roberto. Not counting the local situation like that, fortunately, was back on track within a few minutes. Gerard took advantage of an error ex-white-and-blue Sidnei to equalize the contest. First setbacks overcome.
After a few minutes crazy with constant alternatives, the visitors put him a little more pause while Espanyol seemed to wait for his chance at some against. Melendo and Caicedo was betting Quique tried to unblock the game and try to take all three points. The emotion was reduced to the final minutes where Caicedo, after a good action Piatti and Jurado with a spectacular free kick, they were about to unbalance the balance but no luck the draw ended up ruling the pitch.
Espanyol 0-1 Deportivo La Coruna | Celso Borges 60′
Espanyol 1-1 Deportivo La Coruna | Gerard Moreno 63′
Juanfran Red Card 90′