Digging deep, aiming high!

CD Tenerife 2 Sevilla Atletico 0

IT was hardly a sparkling performance, but this latest success by Tenerife was a gem to the mammoth 19,123 crowd.

Rock-bottom Sevilla were stubborn, and it took the expectant home side 68 minutes to make the breakthrough.

But they nailed the victory, putting themselves just two points off a promotion play-off spot, with eight league games remaining.

Suspended Bryan Acosta was sorely missed, but veteran captain Suso rolled back the years with a classic performance of pride and determination.

The expectancy levels were sky-high, but Tenerife’s first-half performance was at ground zero, top-scorer Longo failing to click in front of the net.

Suso showed his intentions with an early ball across the face of the goal, which eluded the Sevilla defence and fell to Alex Mula. But his soft shot was no problem for the keeper.

His counterpart, Dani Hernandez, made sure that Sevilla weren’t party-poopers, scooping up a long-range strike at his post, casually. Again, he was as steady as a rock.

Luis Milla has become an extremely important player for Tenerife. He gets through so much work, and has good vision, which enables him to spark off attacks from nothing.

A smart ball in from Milla was headed down by Casadesus, and Alex Mula tried to curl it around a defender, only to find the outside of the post. The final ball just wasn’t there for Tenerife, but calm heads were needed as they took the break, frustrated by the goal-less score.

Fans don’t need much excuse to give the match officials some stick, so when the ref and his assistant got their wires in a twist at the start of the second half, the crowd offered plenty of helpful advice.

It took them five minutes to get their technology working, and, apparently, at one point, they were getting taxi bookings from the town-centre rank!

Back at the game, Tenerife were looking a bit better, and Mula, making more progress on the left, managed a shot at the keeper, followed by setting Longo up for an easy finish.

The Italian striker was caught in two minds about whether to tuck it in at the far post with his foot, or or head. But, as the ball rose, he made a poor effort to connect with his foot, and the chance was gone.

A change was needed, and, when Malbasic replaced Longo, the move inspired a goal within a few minutes. Dani’s quick thinking turned a routine catch into a long ball up to Suso.

He cut inside two defenders and passed to Mula, who, though half-connecting with the ball only, sliced it past the keeper.

That settled the nerves, and encouraged the search for a second goal. It came when another long, upfield hoof found Malbasic in a duel with the Sevilla keeper, who had made a wild dash, far outside his area.

The Serbian striker kept his cool, dribbled round the keeper and avoided a covering defender, before burying the ball in the back of the net. Even torrential rain couldn’t dampen the crowd’s wild celebrations; a win’s a win, no matter how unconvincing.

On the down-side, centre-back Aveldaño, who has been instrumental in three games without conceding, was booked for a high tackle and misses the match tomorrow (Saturday) at Cultural Leonesa, kick-off 7pm.

A big plus, though, was the 13 minutes played by sub Paco Montañes, following his five-month, injury lay-off.

The more the merrier, please, as suspensions and injuries continue to hound the squad.



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