Tenerife hold leaders, but can’t please board

CD Tenerife 1  Cádiz CF 1

TENERIFE and Cádiz settled for a point apiece at the Heliodora, the blanquiazul again raising their game against superior opposition.

But this improvement did not translate into the favourable outcome they needed so much.
Suso Santana stepped up with a great goal, worthy of the captain’s armband, but, as always with this Tenerife side, it wasn’t enough, and league leaders Cadiz struck back before half-time.

The second half proved difficult for Tenerife, who were unable to create clear-cut chances, and the fans were asking, “what do we do with López Garai?” after the coach’s team had gone eight games without a win?

Aware of who his team and he were playing, the Basque coach brought some good news to the starting X1. He reintroduced Carlos Ruiz in central defence, instead of Sipcic, while Moore returned to right-back, with Mazán on the left.

Álex Muñoz remained unchanged in his position as leader of the back four.

In midfield, he had no choice but to introduce the Undabarrena-Alberto pairing, because of the absence of Aitor and Milla.

On the right, however, he surprised the crowd by playing Captain Suso Santana on the left, with Nahuel and Mierez up front.

Tenerife were in charge for the first 15 minutes, everything going through Suso, and he made it count in the 12th minute.

He won the ball in midfield, laid it off to Mierez and continued his run. Mierez cut it back beautifully, leaving Suso one on one with Cifuentes in the Cadiz goal.

Suso released an excellent shot that sailed past the keeper to put CDT ahead, and no wonder he celebrated, clearly burying a few ghosts with this brilliant start!

The first serious warning came from Cádiz in the 27th minute when Choco Lozano got the ball from a Salvi cross, deflected by Carlos Ruiz, and crashed it against the crossbar.

In the 35th minute, Cadiz had their second chance and took full advantage. After a foul by Moore on Espino, the Andalusian team had a free-kick 20 yards out on the right. Nano Meso delivered a superb effort, the ball being flicked on to Marcos Mauro at the back post, who volleyed it past Ortolá to level the scores.

At the end of the first half, right before the whistle, CDT had a chance to go 2-1 ahead with a move started by Nahuel, who played in Mieres. He found Lasso, who, unfortunately, couldn’t find the back of the net, so it was all-square at the interval.

The second half was a scrappy affair, with Cadiz dominating the Tenerife half, yet there was no real threat to Ortolá’s goal.

Tenerife tried to respond at the other end, but didn’t really trouble Cifuentes, who had little to do.

Coach Garai tried to shake it up in the 71st minut,e when he swapped Borja Lasso for Dani Gómez. But bringing on the forward he signed from Real Madrid failed to create any clear, scoring chances.

He had one final roll of the dice, eight minutes from time, by taking off Undabarrena and Suso for Javi Alonso and Malbasic. But Mierez had the chance to give him the win in the 85th minute.

Tenerife hit Cadiz with a counter-attack, Mierez breaking through, but Cifuentes made a good save by his left post, and the match finished all-square.

The home side would have taken this result against the runaway league leaders before the game, even though it leaves them 18th in the table.

But the board didn’t agree, and, after the match, López Garai was sacked as head coach, leaving them managerless for their next game, against Sporting Gijon tonight (Friday).




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