Tenerife earn justice in the dying seconds

CD Tenerife 2

RCD Mallorca 2

A LAST-GASP goal from Tyronne, with a little help from Mallorcan defender Raillo, enabled a Tenerife team with more attitude than game, to rescue a point.

It earned them justice in a match controlled by Mallorca until they forgot to play football. The Balearic team wanted to win by running down the clock with feigned injuries and timewasting. But, ultimately, they received just punishment for their pettiness.

It was no secret that Tenerife had to win this game, or at least not lose, to take advantage of the home form which has saved them so far this season.

They certainly tried, having 64% of the possession, 20 shots, and over 200 more passes than Mallorca. But it’s goals that count, and they have been few and far between for the home side, and Mallorca made the few chances they had count.

Tenerife started with rhythm, coach Oltra playing the same team who lost to Cádiz the week before. And Milla had the opening shot in the first minute, forcing a good save from keeper Reina, then Borja shot over the bar six minutes later.

Mallorca didn’t appear to be a danger, beyond a deviated header from Aridai that didn’t bother Dani.

But when Alberto lost the ball in midfield, it was picked up by Lago Junior and crossed to Estupiñán, who placed the ball past keeper Dani from 20 yards to put the visitors ahead after 15 minutes.

It stunned Tenerife, who awoke towards the end of the first half only. They forced an amazing volume of pressure, monopolising the ball and firing numerous crosses into the area.

But they took 37 minutes to raise a threat, when Lasso fed Malbasic, who couldn’t get it past the outstretched hand of Reina.

On the other hand, Mallorca’s lone attack produced a shot from Aridai, which was saved by Dani.

Whatever Oltra said to his men at half-time did nothing to prevent the comedy of errors, which launched the second half!

Jorge played an innocent back-pass to his keeper, who slipped and fell over before he could get to the ball, leaving the goal wide open for striker Budimir to tap it into an open net for a 2-0 lead.

It must surely be footage you’ll see on social media and YouTube for years to come.

This time, Tenerife heads did not go down, and, with the crowd behind them, they went on an all-out offensive. Malbasic hit the bar in the 52nd minute, Reina saved a good shot from him in the 57th, Lasso missed a close-range header in the 60th, and Racic had a good chance saved in the 66th.

In the 72nd minute, Tenerife had a free-kick, 35 yards out, which was floated in by Luis Milla.

It appeared to have been dealt with by Mallorca’s defence, but Racic had different ideas, striking the ball home from 12 yards to offer hope for Tenerife with 18 minutes remaining, and home crowd right behind them.

As Mallorca attempted to play out the game for the points, Estupiñán went from goal hero to zero in the 86th minute when his clumsy clash with Suso earned him a second yellow card and a sending-off, giving the home team even more incentive for the final minutes.

As time ran out, and fingernails became shorter, belief turned into justice with almost the last touch of the match.

A hopeful long ball was headed back into the danger area by Isma López, which Tyronne took on his chest, controlled and shot from the same spot as Racic.

But this time the ball was not on target, until a huge deflection from Mallorca defender Raillo, who knew nothing about it, flew past Reina to make it 2-2 in the dying seconds of an exhilarating match.

The expression, “it’s ‘not over until the final whistle” was a lesson for Mallorca, and apt for Tenerife, who earned a well-deserved point.

Let’s hope they take this attitude and momentum away to bottom club Reus on Sunday. They really need their first away win of the season to close the gap on those above them.


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