Tenerife win keeps them out of danger

CD Tenerife 1
Girona 0

TENERIFE coach Rubén Baraja continued to surprise people with his selection, ahead of last Sunday’s visit of Girona to the Heliodoro.

He stuck with Dani Hernández in goal, even though Ortolá has recovered from his hand injury, and opted for Nahuel over Elliot, and Carlos Ruiz in the centre of defence, leaving out Moore.
One thing to keep in mind: is that three of the four most expensive players in the squad didn’t make the starting X1: Naranjo, Malbasic and Mauro Dos Santos, as well as the injured Borja Lasso.

Tenerife, under Baraja, have started quickly in recent games, and this was no exception.
In the sixth minute, an alert Nahuel intercepted a Girona pass in the middle of the field, and went on a brilliant solo run into the opposition’s area.

After beating two players, his left-foot shot from 20 yards across goal, gave keeper Riesgo no chance.

This was the perfect start for CDT who found themselves ahead after a moment of brilliance from the 23-year-old midfielder.
Girona didn’t have their first real chance until the 19th minute, when former Middlesbrough forward Stuani broke towards Dani’s goal. He would have certainly have equalised had Alberto not dispossessed him, miraculously, to save his side.
Five minutes later, Tenerife were forced to make a change when Nahuel suffered a muscle injury, Baraja bringing on Elliot.

Girona’s next chance came from nothing, after a foul just inside Tenerife’s half. The Catalans floated an excellent

35-yard free-kick into the box, which was heading dangerously towards Dani’s goal.

But Diamanka couldn’t connect properly at the far post, and Tenerife were still leading after half-an-hour. But neither side threatened during the remainder of the 45 minutes.

The second half started with another change to the blue-and-white ranks, as Jorge made way for Undabarrena, which forced a slight formation shuffle. But Girona came out a different team, taking the game to Tenerife and forcing them on the back foot.
Marti’s men had several dangerous attacks, but they just couldn’t find that killer ball. Yet Tenerife found themselves facing a superior Girona side, and a referee who seemed inclined, always, to whistle in favour of the Catalan team.
Borja Garcia had a free-kick from 20 yards out, which Dani tipped over the bar, and Diamanka had a chance in front of goal that was well saved.

Soriano then went just wide with a vicious, left-foot volley, as they bombarded Tenerife, who remained resilient and defended well.
In fact, the home side created their own chance in the 77th minute, when Suso was played through on the right. But the Tenerife captain had a lack of options and his shot hit the side-netting.
For the last 10 minutes, Tenerife continued to frustrate Girona, trying desperately not to fall at the last hurdle with any silly mistakes, which they had done in the past.
On this occasion they managed it, to give Baraja his third victory of 2020 and three more valuable points, which left them 17th in the league and out of the relegation zone.

The most impressive feature of their performance was the desire and togetherness of the players. Their individual ability has never been doubted, but Baraja now has them playing as a team.
They will certainly need all this for their next league game, on Sunday, away to bitter Las Palmas rivals.

It’s derby day. Vamos tete!


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