Rejuvenated CD Tenerife earn three valuable points

Sporting de Gijón 0 CD Tenerife 2

AFTER Tenerife’s eight weeks without a win, the new coaching staff encouraged the blanquiazul team to react accordingly, during their visit to Sporting.

And how they responded, with goals from Suso and Dani Gómez in a fruitful second-half.

Sesé Rivero, his coaching staff, and the CDT players brought light to a sad week last Friday with a much-needed victory at the El Molinón stadium, proving that this team are not dead.

Sporting started the stronger and pressed hard, looking for gaps in a nervy Tenerife team, who had suffered poor results, and the sacking of coach Aritz López Garai, the previous week.

But the defence stood strong against Sporting’s attacking trio of Rivero, Medina and León, and each ball was cleared without thinking. Each time keeper Ortolá was involved, he cleared every attack quickly with a long ball, to ease any pressure.

Sporting had their first real chance in the 16th minute with a cross from Djurdjevic on the left wing, which found Aitor García, but his shot was blocked by Moore.

Tenerife had not been too troubled until then, when Ortolá decided to return to the Garai way of playing, and released a ball which the Asturian team intercepted in the danger zone. Some 25 minutes had gone, and the signal was clear for Sporting: they would have to increase the pressure!

For Tenerife, it was all about concentration. Moore tried to make something happen down the left wing, leaving a gap behind him, and a loose ball found Aitor García, already knowing which flank to attack.

Sporting’s striker got into the Tenerife area and cut past Muñoz, but his shot forced a good save from Ortolá.

At this point, nothing had been seen of Lasso because, every time he got the ball, two or three Sporting players were on him.

Nahuel, on his birthday, hadn’t been in the game either, while Malbasic had barely touched the ball, and Sporting keeper Mariño could have stayed in the dressing room!

At the end of the first half, Tenerife had done well to keep the score at 0-0 because Sporting had not taken advantage of

their disastrous first 45 minutes.

However, the second half was completely different. It is not known what Sesé Rivero said to his players during the break, but they returned to the Asturian turf with a different attitude, coming out more focused.

Suso and Borja Lasso linked up to attack the Sporting defenders of Pedro Díaz and Valiente, and, for the first time, they tested the home goalkeeper.

This passageway came to fruition in the 57th minute when Nahuel was brought down on the edge of the 18-yard box. The referee wasn’t happy with the challenge and consulted VAR, awarding Tenerife a penalty and sending off Marc Valiente, despite much protesting from the Sporting players.

In this situation, there’s no better man than Suso Santana to step up and inflict maximum pain, as he struck the penalty high, into the left-hand corner, to put Tenerife ahead.

Suddenly, Sporting were behind, with a 10-man team and very angry home fans, after the VAR decision. Coach José Alberto reacted by taking off midfielder Javi Fuego, and replacing him with a faster, more attacking Álvaro Traver.

What the home coach did not count on was that Tenerife were not prepared to roll over. As the Asturian team continued looking for the equaliser, CDT were taking full advantage of the extra man by attacking Mariño’s goal.

Then, Tenerife won a corner, which was played across the goal, and Javi Alonso got the ball and fed it to Dani Gómez, who had come on for Malbasic.

He dribbled the ball to find a better angle, and released an unstoppable shot, which found the far corner of the net for a great goal, to make it 2-0 after 70 minutes.

With another 20 minutes left, it proved too much for the home team, and Tenerife went on to dominate the remaining time.

To ensure there were no unpleasant surprises in the last few minutes, Sesé Rivero took off Suso and strengthened his defence, giving a debut to Mauro dos Santos, as well as winger Elliot, playing his first minutes in the League.

At the final whistle, it was job done for CD Tenerife. It was a valuable win and some stability, after a difficult few weeks. But tomorrow (Saturday), they have a tough home game against second-placed Almeria.

They are not out of trouble, by any means, but morale is everything in sport, and this will have lifted everyone.

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