To say that Deportivo were lucky to get away with a point would be an understatement, and they can thank a benevelant linesman, a poor referee, a massive chunk of luck and a brilliant display of goalkeeping by Aranzubia. This Deportivo side, with all their massive budget and highly paid stars, had no answer to Real Murcia's high tempo and sheer will to win. They were second best in every department.
Real had many chances to score - and perhaps the biggest moment of the game came when Cristian "Ruso" Garcia, clean through, went to ground under the keepers' challenge. The referee pointed to the spot, and the linesman seemed to be OK with the decision....that is until he was surrounded by Deportivo players. Whatever they said to him had the desired effect, as after discussion, the referee booked Ruso and gave a free kick to Deportivo. Ruso later admitted on the club's radio that he had taken a bit of a dive, but anyhow, this decision made the crowd a bit wild, and they went even more nuts a couple of minutes later when Ruso was again fouled in the box, this time clearly, and maybe the referee deicded not to blow for pen due to the previous dive.
Second half was all Real Murcia, Deportivo didn't get a sniff. We should have scored....Molinero missed the best chance in injury time, or rather, Aranzubia somehow managed to steer his shot wide.
Real Murcia :
Molinero - Oriol - Amaya - Oscar Sanchez
Iturra - Richi - Cerrajeria (Aguilera 75') - Sutil
Ruso (Isaac 87') - Chando (Pedro 63')
Laure - Colotto - Aythami - Ayoze
Bergantiños - Jesus Vazquez (Lassad 69') - Guardado (Gama 84') - Salomao (Saul 57')
Valeron - Riki
Referee : Mr. Sureda Cuenca. Both he and his linesman were clearly intimidated by the Deportivo name and players.
Att. 10.609 noisy fans at the New Condomina.
So our unbeaten run extends to 9 games. There is no reason to feel we lost points yesterday. The performance was outstanding, and players like Ruso, Iturra and Sutil are now fully fit and playing a big part. And this was against everyone's favorite for promotion.
Another big test coming up on Saturday (20.00 p.m. at the Rico Perez stadium in Alicante) in the derby against division leaders Hercules. Let's hope our form continues but our luck gets better, and that our unbeaten run goes into double figures.
Photo : Isaac and Molinero can't believe the ball isn't in the back of the net.