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Tenerife inflict Celta’s first pre-season defeat

RC Celta Vigo 0 CD Tenerife 1
 FOLLOWING a 3-0 defeat by Cultural Leonesa, Tenerife continued their pre-season campaign with a visit to Celta Vigo, a La Liga side who just avoided relegation last season.
They provided a stern test for new coach Aritz López Garai’s men. But in all fairness, Celta started with a team of substitutes and were dominated for 70 minutes by opponents who had the ability to score, but failed to seize their opportunities.
The first chance fell to Celta in the 13th minute, but Lucas Olaza shot wide, and their luck went from bad to worse with an injury to left-back David Juncá.
Tenerife came out strongly and pressed forward, taking advantage of the weakened opposition, particularly down the flanks.
They put in several dangerous crosses for Celta keeper Rubén Blanco to contend with, but Alberto headed over the bar, and former Celta player Naranjo’s shot was deflected for a corner by a defender.
At this point, Celta were in a blur, and after 23 minutes, Rubén Blanco fouled Naranjo in the area, which should have led to a penalty, but didn’t!
Tenerife continued to dominate, and, after 30 minutes, Suso Santana had the clearest chance, from a good Luis Pérez cross. But it was cleared, badly, only for Suso to shoot over the bar.
The script continued at the start of the second half, with Tenerife exploiting the Pérez runs down the right wing. In the 54th minute, they had an indirect free-kick on the edge of the area, taken by Naranjo, but deflected to safety by Iván Villar.
Shortly after, though, CDT made the breakthrough.
The move started with a good run and cross by Pérez, and Malbasic was perfectly placed to slot the ball home easily, to give visiting Tenerife ahead after 64 minutes.
Celta, lacking ideas and intensity, didn’t have a leader in the centre of the pitch, and the goal forced their coach, Escribá, to make changes. He brought on first-team players Lobotka, Brais Méndez and Santi Mina, and saw an improvement over the last 30 minutes.
Lauti had two good chances in a minute to equalise, but keeper Dani Hernández saved both efforts well.
The final whistle signified Celta’s first pre-season defeat, in a game for what it was, a friendly.
But it proved successful for Tenerife, against far better opposition than they had encountered in the run-up to the new season.

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