A good New Year win for Tenerife!

Tenerife 2 Elche 1

The Three Kings came early for CD Tenerife, with a dominant performance against Elche, that saw them have 20 shots in a match that was the Suso show, from start to finish.

He made history starting this match, as he entered the “Top 10” of appearances with 367, and counting, for Tenerife, in all competitions.

When the match started, it was obvious that the Christmas break had been beneficial for Oltras men, as they started as brightly as they have all season, and were on the attack, straight away.

It was also obvious that Elche were a yard off the pace, and the first half was a stop-start affair, with 24 fouls committed in total.

Tenerife went ahead in the 23rd minute, thanks to a precise pass across goal from Montañés.

A lovely shot from Malbasic wrong-footed Elche keeper Francis, and nestled nicely in the corner for a goal, making it 1-0 to the home team, and sending the blanquiazul into hysteria.

Malbasic’s goal opened the game, and both teams had chances. Dani was called into action for CDT, to save a header from Elche No 9 Benja, in the 28th minute, and Francis had to do the same from Alberto, six minutes later.

Just before half-time, Tenerife conceded an absurd penalty, when a long shot from Manu hit Alberto on the hand, which he could have quite easily avoided, because the ball wasn’t anywhere near on target. Xavi Torres didn’t squander his chance, and put Elche right back in the game, easily slotting past Dani to make it 1-1, after 44 minutes.

Tenerife must have been disappointed to go into the break level, instead of leading, but the positivity they started the second half with didn’t reflect that at all. They had two great chances in the first two minutes of the half, as that man Suso broke down the right, and ran rings around the Elche defence.

His first run led to a spectacular overhead kick from Naranjo, and the second a brilliant shot by Milla, both only stopped by the woodwork, saving Elche.

In fact, Tenerife had five, clear-cut chances in the 15 minutes, leaving Elche wondering what was going on. The breakthrough came with the sixth on 60 minutes, as Jorge rose higher than the rest, and nodded a corner from Milla straight past Francis, to make it 2-1 to CDT, with half an hour to play.

The rest of the second half was much the same, with Tenerife making the play, and Elche on the back foot. Although they didn’t score again, Oltra closed up CDT’s defence with Carlos Ruiz, and was happy to take three valuable points, much to the delight of the home fans.

They have had two good results before and after Christmas, at home, with a 1-1 draw against league leaders Granada, and now a convincing win against Elche, but Tenerife are on the road again this weekend, with a tricky trip to Oviedo, who are also coming off the back of a win and a draw, and need to start beating the mid-table teams.

Can Oltras men go on a run and move up the table? If they play like these last two matches – yes, they definitely can.

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