Stuck in a moment

By Colin Kirby

Sevilla Atletico 1 CD Tenerife 1

CHANGE the record! Tenerife fans are longing to see a return to winning ways following this performance at bottom club Sevilla Atletico, which made it five straight league stalemates.

Chances are still being created, but too many are being squandered. And even after taking a first-half lead, it seemed almost inevitable that the win would escape Tenerife.

Sevilla are a B side, comprising young players mainly – some hardly looked old enough to shave – and their defence looked so soft and shaky that this should have been a sure-fire away win.

Vitolo was suspended, which let Alberto back into the starting line-up, but he was a long way from his no-nonsense, ball-winning best.

Tenerife rode their luck early on. Keeper Dani Hernandez grabbed a high cross with his second attempt, and, soon after, a half-cleared attack was fired straight back at him.

Inaki went close for Tenerife from a free-kick, and Juan Carlos took a strong run too far and pressed the ball right up to the home keeper.

But there was some joy gained by attacking Sevilla down the left to get behind their defence. And a speedy break enabled Longo to keep his cool, as two defenders snapped at his heels, to open the scoring.

It should have been the springboard for an easy win, but Longo´s next effort from an Inaki pass was nothing special. Malbasic did beat the slow home defence a couple of times in quick succession, only to hurry his shots wide on both occasions.

On the half-hour, Carlos Ruiz and Jorge Saenz were caught ball-watching as Sevilla surged through a defensive gap, but, thankfully, Dani cleared the shot with his feet.

The missed chances continued into the second half. Malbasic thought too long about a shot and gave the keeper time to react, as Sevilla’s kids were starting to fancy their chances. Pozo, always quick to the loose ball, brought a saving block from Dani, and Olavide skied a long shot from outside the area.

Longo went off with a stomach problem, making way for Juan Villar as the rain belted down. Tenerife needed the injury-ravaged forward’s sharp reflexes to combine with the greasy surface, which seemed like the ideal combination for a second goal.

Malbasic turned his marker and set up Villar, but his shot clipped the bar. And, with 20 minutes left, sub Carmone took off down his right wing and ghosted past Juan Carlos and Inaki before squaring the ball to Pozo, who popped it in the net at the near post to level the game.

All the doubts were creeping back again, and even a sending-off for Sevilla’s Alex Munoz couldn’t inspiration Tenerife.

Suso, who had replaced Juan Carlos, beat his man before shooting wide, and Villar scuffed a shot from an Alberto cross.

That final ball has been letting Tenerife down for the last month or so. Inaki dragged another shot wide and Villar got to the byline to send in a high cross, which Soriano was able to take out with no one challenging him.

Tenerife’s third sub, Brian Martin, had the final chance in injury-time, but, with the whole goal to aim at, he put his header firmly into the keeper’s hands.

This poor result drops Tenerife into 10th place, and Coach Pep Marti needs to get his side back on song quickly.

Cultural Leone visit Santa Cruz tomorrow (Saturday 5pm), and a win is a must to silence the coach’s doubters.

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