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Tenerife turn round an incredible match

CD Tenerife 3 AD Alcorón 2

SATURDAY night turned out all right, after a gutsy performance by Tenerife, who overcame a two-goal deficit to secure an unlikely victory in the final minutes of a thrilling clash with the 2nd-placed Madrid team.

Before the start, everyone had written off Tenerife, thinking it was a foregone conclusion that this would be defeat No.4four of the season for coach Oltra’s men.

And when the game began, it seemed that this was the case as Alcorón took the lead… after 20 seconds!

Casadesús played a long ball past Alberto into the box and Dani came out to collect it easily. Unfortunately, the usually-reliable keeper fumbled it.

He then paused, unsure of whether to drop on it, or let Camille clear it. In the confusion, he knocked the ball straight into the path of Marco Sangalli, who tapped it into an open goal.

Things went from bad to worse just four minutes later when Alcorón doubled their lead. If the first goal was fortuitous, their second one was class. Juan Muñoz received the ball on the edge of the 18-yard box, took it past Alberto, and rocketed a left-foot shot into the bottom corner of the goal.

So, 2-0 to Alcorón, with less than five minutes on the clock, and it looked as though was going to be a long evening for Tenerife and the home fans.

The rest of the first half was pretty uneventful, as the home side steadied the ship at the back, and had a couple of good chances, which could have quite easily levelled the game.

A a good shot from Joao on 42 minutes forced an equally-good save from Alcorón keeper Dani Jiménez, and a powerful header from an Alberto corner left the keeper floundering, only for the ball to hit the bar.

Oltra made a change in the second half, bringing on Malbasic, who found a breakthrough for Tenerife in the 57th minute with a lovely solo effort.

A good build-up enabled him receive the ball on the edge of the 18-yard box, turn and beat two defenders before slotting it under the keeper for a well-deserved home goal. 2-1 to Alcorón.

But they missed other chances until, with five minutes remaining, Alcorón conceded a poor free-kick, some 25 yards out. The five-man wall was in place, but that didn’t stop Luis Milla’s moment of brilliance.

Beckham-esque, he stepped up and curled it round the wall and past a flying Jimenéz, who was left helpless. It was a world-class strike, making it 2-2 and sending home fans crazy.

If the first five minutes of the match were unpredictable, so were the last five! Malbasic found himself in front of the Alcorón goal, with no one challenging him, so he went on a

diagonal run with the ball, towards the right-hand corner of the six-yard box.

With just the keeper to beat, he shot, but Jiménez got his hand to it and looked to push it over the bar. But the ball actually looped up in the air and fell into the path of Naranjo, at the far post.

The Alcorón defence all stopped, claiming offside, allowing Naranjo to head home an unlikely winner from under a yard out.

The final whistle sparked a mammoth celebration for Tenerife players and fans, at the end of an incredible match.

It was worthy win for Tenerife, who battled until the end, so was this the turning point we’ve all wanted to see? Let’s hope so because the next match tomorrow (Saturday) at 5pm, is against a Numancia team just one point and a couple of places above Tenerife in the table.

 

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