When you can’t win, a draw is not a bad thing, says one of the maxims of football. Cantoria 2017 has had several matches where they have ended empty-handed in a category whose matches are defined by small details.
This Sunday morning they hosted CD Alhaurino de Málaga at the Los Olivos municipal ground, a match corresponding to matchday 15 of the Andalusian Division of Honour. Cantoria needed the three points to escape the relegation zone. A duel of power to power, on a pitch that is not in good condition and on a day when the wind was against all the intentions of those who wanted to play ball.
In that scenario, the best thing that could happen was to win. The lesser evil was not to lose. But in the first 35 minutes the local players did not take a single shot at the goal defended by Avila and it is difficult to win like that. Carlos, from a free kick in the 41st minute, could have opened the scoring when the ball went kissing the top left corner of the Malaga goal.
Minutes earlier, in the 34th minute, the post of the goal defended by Alberto returned a ball to Alhaurino. 0-0 and it was half-time.
At the restart the wind was blowing in favour of the Aurinegros. However, it was Zalea who had another chance with a header that hit the crossbar of Alberto’s goal.
The watchword in the dressing room for Ricardo Mora’s men was to shoot from half distance. It was Casas in the 18th minute who tested the elasticity of the opposing goalkeeper, who turned the ball into the left corner.
In the 25th minute, Zalea made no mistake. He went down the left flank to take advantage of a counter-attack, the Cantorian defender closed and the rebound deflected the ball over the home goalkeeper. 0-1. They all end up inside and this Sunday was no exception.
Cantoria, boosted by their fans, went in search of an equaliser. Agu Gómez was waiting in the middle of the area for a rebound from a corner kick. He was rewarded. In the 36th minute he slammed home a ball that landed where he wanted it to. The score was 1-1, a result that would not change until the end.