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Another good away point for Tenerife

 

Deportivo 0 CD Tenerife 0

AFTER a strong performance, and a good point at home against Malaga, Tenerife faced a tough trip to third-placed Deportivo, in front of 18,000 fans in Galicia.

The players needed to be strong again to maintain the momentum they had started to build in their opening matches of 2019.

Deportivo are renowned for having big possession at home, and they always seem to score, so Oltra’s men were aware of the tough challenge ahead last Saturday.

Both teams fought for possession and neither dominated in a closely-fought first-half, in which Deportivo, unusually, defended more than attacked, which was a rare sight for home fans.

And Tenerife, employing great work from the midfield trio of Racic, Lasso and Milla, did well to control the home team’s attacking onslaught when they did come forward.

In fact, the visitors had the only clear opportunity of the first half when a good cross from Luis Milla was met by Malbasic, whose shot was stopped with a superb save from Deportivo’s keeper.

The second half started with Deportivo trying to take control and put Tenerife in trouble. Two early shots from Quique put CDT under pressure, and he came close to scoring.

Deportivo coach Natxo González made changes to try to find the solution for a break-through. But the Galicians’ play was cold, without rhythm or spark, and Oltra’s men kept to their game plan, covering the home side’s attacking options.

In fact, Tenerife felt so comfortable that they had a couple of good attacks themselves, with efforts from Naranjo and Malbasic causing the home side danger.

With 15 minutes to go, Deportivo had one more roll of the dice by giving their latest signing, striker Nahuel Leiva, from Argentina, a run-out to see if his pace could inject some much-needed fire into their play.

As it happens, it nearly worked. Twice, he broke free down the left wing and crossed for Quique, who couldn’t finish off the moves, and failed to bother the Tenerife keeper.

Overall the match finished in a fair draw, which will have left Tenerife much happier than Deportivo, who must have viewed the outcome as two points lost.

Although the result leaves Tenerife in 15th place, their next matches are against less-formidable opponents, notably two of the bottom three in their next four matches: at home to Cordoba tomorrow (Saturday) and away to Reus on 3rd March.

If they continue with their good form, these games should see them rise quickly up the table towards a position they feel they should be in.

 

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