First home defeat of the season for CDT


CD Tenerife 0 CF Fuenlabrada 1
AFTER a hard-fought 1-1 draw at Elche last Thursday night, in which both teams had lots of chances, hit the post, and looked as though they could win, Tenerife faced Fuenlabrada on Sunday evening.
With two wins and a draw at home so far, they were trying to capitalise on their form at the Heliodoro to ensure a good season, yet the visitors had different ideas.
Fuenlabrada had not played midweek this season because of a virus, which affected the squad, but it looked as though the extra days off had benefited them because they had a spring in their step.
They took advantage of the home team’s fatigue, and some of the decisions by Tenerife coach López Garai, who left out Luis Pérez, Carlos Ruiz and Álex Bermejo from the starting X1.
American newcomer Shaquell Moore made his debut (in an official match) and Nahuel Leiva debuted up front. Neither played badly, although Nahuel was far from his best, and both were booked and substituted before the end.
There weren’t too many positives for Tenerife in the first half, although Moore broke through in the first minute but couldn’t find Miérez, and the team seemed to switch off, allowing Fuenlabrada grow in confidence.
Through Cristóbal and Randy Nteka, the Madrid-based team always threatened danger in a dead-ball situation, and Ortolá, in the Tenerife goal, was troubled by a long shot from Juanma in the eighth minute, and again from a Hugo Fraile corner after 10 minutes, but they lacked the final shot.
Garai’s men, looking uncomfortable, tried to build the game from the back by keeping the ball, and with patience, But there was no precision about their work. They had possession, but hardly created any danger.
Tenerife’s first shot was a free header from Filip Malbasic after 21 minutes, which was deflected and did not force Fuenlabrada keeper Biel Ribas to intervene.
In the 27th minute, frustrated Tenerife defender Miérez was shown a yellow card for tripping Juanma over in the area, as the visitors slowed the pace. Ribas did have to make a save from a long shot by Aitor Sanz in the 42nd minute, but it never really threatened the goal.
Tenerife were more active in the second half, generating at least six scoring chances. Milla hit the crossbar from a free-kick in the 51st minute, and Álex Muñoz headed wide six minutes later. Then, to add to their woes, Malbasic hit the post in the 65th, Lasso missed a sitter in the 72nd, and there was even a claim for a penalty when Mierez was fouled a minute later.
But Fuenlabrada scored what turned out to be the winner. A glorious through-pass by Hugo Fraile left Ibán Salvador with a clear path to Ortolá’s goal, after he by-passed Alberto and Álex Muñoz. And Salvador didn’t miss, slotting the ball nicely past the Tenerife keeper after 78 minutes.
Although there were still 15 minutes remaining, the visitors needed no more to defeat a Tenerife team, who didn’t trouble the Fuenlabrada goal in the final stretch.
They were unhinged by the undeserved result, the speed of Ibán Salvador, who had a chance for a second which Ortolá saved, and some of the referee Figueroa Vázquez’s decisions, who sent off Robert Mazán before the end for protesting a decision.
It was Fuenlabrada’s third away win of the season, and they are now fourth in the table, with a game in hand. Tenerife, on the other hand, are now 14th with just one win in five. They need to rectify that on Sunday night at Lugo, who are one place above them.

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