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Tenerife get the point,but there’s little cheer

CD Tenerife 0 Extremadura 0

WHAT looked on paper as though it could have been a boring, goal-less draw last Friday at the Heliodor, was far from it.

There were goalmouth scrambles, clearances off the line, penalty claims, and shots galore… in fact, everything but a goal! Tenerife had 20 shots and still couldn’t score, causing coach Oltra more needless headaches as they remain firmly in the bottom half of the table.

Tenerife came out stronger from the off, taking less than a minute for their first effort, a Malbasic header flying over the bar. And three minutes later, Milla forced a good save from Álvaro Fernández in the away goal.

Good work from Montañés in left midfield kept up their pressure, but Extremadura, who never appeared to worry, had their first real attack after 15 minutes. But Zarfino’s free header from a corner was cleared off the line by Suso, at the near post.

Then, as Tenerife averted the still-present danger, the visitors hit back with a long shot from Enric Gallego, which Dani had covered as it went just wide.

From here on the game was fairly evenly balanced, although there was always a feeling that Tenerife were more dangerous on the counter-attack, as opposed to build-up play from the back.

Along the way, the match hardened, tempers frayed, and the game lost pace, because of several interruptions. Ironically, in the first half, most fouls were committed by Extremadura (9), although CDT picked up more yellow cards (3) from only five infractions.

Towards the end of the half, a Montañés shot after 34 minutes, and Naranjo’s counter-attack six minutes later, were the only action anywhere near either goal.

After the break, the dynamics of the game changed, as Tenerife took over the pace and possession with some good, progressive play, yet they were unable to create any clear-cut chances.

Meanwhile, Extremadura forward Roberto messed up a one-on-one with keeper Dani Hernandez after a superb ball over the top from Zarfino. But Olabe completely missed it and Dani saved easily.

In the 76th and 77th minutes, Naranjo and Nano had good chances for the home team, but their shots were kept out by Fernández.

From this point, it turned into a game of two fouls. The first was by the halfway line as Naranjo and Chuli chased a 50/50 ball. And, as they tangled, Naranjo’s trailing arm clipped the Extremadura defender on the head.

To say he made the most of it is an understatement as he rolled around the floor, faking agony, while the ref showed Naranjo a yellow card.

Although the foul had little impact on the match, it means that Naranjo will miss the derby against Las Palmas.

The next chance, certainly more clear-cut, should have resulted in a Tenerife penalty. Nano made a break down the left wing and crossed, picking out Malbasic in front of goal, only for the ball to be half-cleared by Borja Granero in defence.

As the ball looped in the air, Joao went for it only to be bundled to the floor by Alex Barrera, in what seemed to be a clear penalty to everyone in the stadium, except the referee!

In the dying seconds, Malbasic played in Nano with the goal right in front of him, in the hope that the striker would get a touch to put the ball past the Extremadura keeper, who’d had a good game. But to no avail. The referee blew his whistle and Oltra saw two more points disappear at the Heliodoro.

Tenerife had again battled to the end, and defended well, but they just couldn’t score!

Malbasic is still their stand-out player of the season, and Naranjo will be sorely missed as Tenerife head to the Estadio de Gran Canaria on Sunday for a must-win derby match against Las Palmas.

Can they? Yes! Will they? Fingers crossed!

 

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