It’s just a stroll for dominant Tenerife


CD Tenerife 2 Gimnástic 0

TENERIFE looked a different team as they cantered to their most comfortable win of the season, albeit against bottom club Nástic, who showed why they’re struggling.

But with the debuts of Serbian Uros Racic, bought from Valencia B, and Borja Lasso who has been on-loan at Osasuna, Nástic did nothing to trouble coach Oltra’s men, in front of their passionate fans.

Right from the off, CDT were on the attack, dominating with some excellent football, and they three superb chances which could have sealed the game in the first half-hour.

In the 17th minute, Jorge met a good cross on the six-yard line with a header that forced an acrobatic save from Nástic keeper Bernabé, who was set for a busy afternoon.

Debutante Lasso tried a left-foot curler in the 19th minute, which beat the keeper but not the post, keeping the score at

0-0. Eight minutes later, Mila rocketed a 25-yard free-kick onto the upright as well.

The breakthrough came from this free-kick, as CDT stole the ball back through Malbasic as Nástic came forward. He passed to Lasso, who crossed to the left-hand side of the goal, where Suso, all alone, headed an easy goal past Bernabé to put the home side ahead.

Oltra enjoyed Tenerife’s play in the first half so much that he sacrificed Naranjo and opted for a 4-2-3-1 formation to accommodate Racic, as organiser, and Lasso as playmaker. The blue-and-whites, comfortable with the ball, offered good offensive play without suffering too much in their own area.

Nástic didn’t get a shot on goal, and Dani was only bothered by a couple of lateral crosses, which the keeper picked up comfortably.

Little changed after the break in the second half, although Nástic midfielder Pipa had a shot which Dani had covered. After that, it was all Tenerife again for the rest of the match.

New boy Racic grew in midfield, putting a 15-yard shot just wide, and the, in the 59th minute, he passed inside to Jorge Sáenz who toe-poked it through the goalkeeper’s legs to make it 2-0 to Tenerife.

Racic wasn’t finished, though, because he had a chance to make it 3-0 in the 69th minute. But a good save from Nástic’s busiest player put the ball over the crossbar to safety.

Towards the end of the game, Tenerife’s dominance continued with Malbasic and Milla having half-chances, but failed to find the back of the net.

At the final whistle, the home team had secured a fully-deserved, morale-boosting win. The whole team had played well, Oltras tactics and formation changes had worked, and the new players had performed brilliantly.

Yes, this was against the league’s bottom-placed team, and CDT’s next match tomorrow (Saturday) is at home against second-placed Malaga.

But morale is everything, and, if last Sunday is anything to go by, Oltra may have uncovered a couple of future stars!



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