Good point from a tough Málaga

CD Tenerife 0 Málaga 0

FOLLOWING an easy home win against Nastic, Tenerife had a second home game in a row, against second-placed Málaga, who have been playing some lovely football this season.

But coach Oltra’s men were on a high, and it showed as they played really well against the Costa del Sol team, earning a very satisfactory point.

Right from the off, this was an intense game, well-fought and balanced with good football, but with few scoring chances.

To be fair, both teams were better than the point they got, because the home team passed a demanding exam, and the Andalusians did not lose, in a difficult scenario.

In a close first half, Racic and N’Diaye stood out for Tenerife. These physical players made things happen with the ball, and CDT had more possession.

The highlights for Tenerife were a high shot from Alberto in the 16th minute, and two headers, by Malbasic in the 33rd minute and Jorge a minute later.

Meanwhile, Málaga also assumed an attacking strategy and Blanco headed a cross wide from Pau Torres in the 25th minute.

The dynamics were maintained after the break, and, despite Málaga’s attempt to take control of the match, Tenerife stood firm in a clash which had few mistakes by either side… and few goal-scoring chances.

Naranjo had a good shot in the 56th minute, but it didn’t trouble Munir in the Málaga goal, and midfielder Pacheco grazed the goal with a shot from edge of the area two minutes later.

Both teams seemed to be waiting for a set-piece chance, chance, and the first fell to the home side.

Munir saved a direct corner from Milla in the 72nd minute, and also a close header from Lasso six minutes later from another Tenerife corner.

Ontiveros scared the Heliodoro faithful with 76th-minute effort which grazed the crossbar, and another that needed a good save from Dani in the 87th.

Ultimately, no goals came in a tense, pressured match, but in truth, the finishing from both teams was off-key.

Oltra’s “new look” Tenerife offered much more, and two games in, Racic and Lasso have more than earned their places,  with four points from six in their two home games.

Although Tenerife are still in 16th place, they are moving in the right direction, and a good win could lift them to a amid-table position. But that’s a big ask in their next game,  away to third-placed Deportivo La Coruña tomorrow (Saturday)

But their following match, against second-bottom team Córdoba could be the key.


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