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Acosta’s last-gasp relief

Real Zaragoza 1 CD Tenerife 1

TENERIFE left it late, extremely late, to rescue a point from an evenly-matched game, which, for all but five minutes, saw both teams trading blows until a moment of stupidity from the visitors’ keeper.

In the first 25 minutes neither team threatened until Suso had a weak shot that got past Cristian in the Zaragoza goal, but was cleared off the line by Álex Muñoz, who returned to the Zaragoza starting XI after being left out in the last couple of matches.

After half-an-hour, the home crowd at La Romareda starting whistling their team, but little changed… only a header over the bar from Delmás just before the break.

Half-time couldn’t come quickly enough for the Aragonese team, who looked pleased to get to the dressing room at 0-0, while their coach Imanol Idiakez, looked like a man under pressure.

But Zaragoza came out more determined after the break, and in the 47th minute, Lasure beat keeper Dani and rattled the crossbar with a close-range shot. They continued to press, coming close with a lovely set-piece in the 55th minute, when Muñoz headed over from a well-taken corner.

Tenerife tried to counter, and Suso looked the brightest up front. But he could only put the ball into the side-netting after an excellent display of skill in the 63rd minute.

Just as the home crowd started singing songs, calling for the dismissal of Idiakez, Pombo nearly changed the jeers to cheers when he shot from the edge of the 18-yard box, only to force a good stop from Dani, so solid in the Tenerife goal.

That was until the 85th minute. Zaragoza had a corner which the Tenerife defence were dealing with easily. But Dani walked forward and pushed Medina to the ground right in front of the referee! If he’s honest, he knows he was lucky to get away with a yellow card, rather than a straight red.

The home team kept their cool, and Javi Ros stepped up and slotted in an easy penalty, straight down the middle, with three minutes remaining.

Zaragoza could sense a home win, and Idiakez could see his job safe for another week, until they gave away a cheap free-kick, 25 yards out in the sixth minute of time added on.

Luis Milla took it well for Tenerife and Bryan Acosta headed home with the last touch of the game to equalise, silence the La Romareda and, possibly, lose the home-team manager his job.

Both teams were in desperate need of a win, yet neither could achieve it. But this was a point won for José Luis Oltra’s men, who battled until the final whistle.

The result still leaves Tenerife 19th in the league, and in desperate search of an elusive second win of the season.

This will not be made any easier for them tomorrow (Saturday), when they tackle second-placed Alocorón at the Heliodoro tomorrow (Saturday).

 

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