Bruised, battered, unbeaten!
Getafe 2 CD Tenerife 2
WHAT an education for Tenerife! Getafe were simply nasty, but Tenerife took all they could throw at them and came away with a last-gasp draw.
Hard, physical play is part of football, but this was GBH, in the guise as the beautiful game.
Pep Marti, who again was forced to make changes, started with Inaki at left-back, with a midfield return for Aitor Sanz. True, he’s something of a veteran now, but he had a magnificent game and was at the heart of most of his team’s best moves.
Amath was his speedy self up front, and, with strike partner Choco Lozano, they were targets for crunching, reckless tackles.
The ref, who didn’t seem keen to offer protection, also gifted Getafe a 20th-minute lead.
Home striker Molina ran past Inaki and went down, despite the lack of contact. He even grinned as he put the spot-kick past Dani Hernandez, Daylight robbery!
But there’s plenty of character in the Tenerife squad, who just got on with it and endured the knocks. Amath and Choco both had good chances, but, more often than not, were shoved off the ball. And a boot to the stomach of Vitolo was straight out of a gangster film!
The second half had just started when Getafe’s Lacen fouled Inaki in clear view, but there was no second booking for him, which would have led to his removal.
It could have been a game-changing moment, but Tenerife pushed on regardless. Aitor Sanz saw Inaki breaking down the wing and fed him the ball. And Inaki’s cross fell perfectly for Choco to tuck the ball home for the equaliser.
Yet Getafe are a good side when they concentrate on football, but Dani Hernandez denied a couple of their better efforts with some reliable saves.
Captain Suso, playing his 200th game in a Tenerife shirt, gave way after 74 minutes to Omar and his fresh, “unharmed” legs. Choco was also subbed after working hard and doing his bit in front of goal.
With five minutes left, Faurin took advantage of some confusion in the Tenerife defence to earn a 2-1 lead. And there was still plenty of drama left.
Cristo Gonzalez was brought on in place of defender Raul Camara for a final, four-minute burst, and the switch worked a treat.
Aaron sped down the wing and flashed in a cross from the left, where Cristo was available to head the ball in the net for a well-deserved, last-gasp draw.
Tenerife slipped to fourth place, but Getafe, breathing down their necks for a play-off spot, knew they had dropped two points … perfect payback for earlier injustices.
It was another part of the growing process for Tenerife coach Pep Marti and his squad. Their mental strength served them well and will be an asset when the play-offs arrive.
This Sunday, Reus are the visitors to Santa Cruz at 4pm, and another 15,000-plus crowd, together with the debut of Japanese signing Gaku Shibasaki, will add more anticipation to the occasion.
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