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Immediate Reaction (Primera Iberdrola): CD Tacon 1 - 2 Madrid Club de Fútbol Femenino

Substitute Chioma scores a late goal but can’t spark a comeback.

FC Barcelona Femeni v CD Tacon - Primera Iberdrola Photo by Joan Valls/Urbanandsport /NurPhoto via Getty Images

CD Tacon took on Madrid Club de Fútbol Femenino (CFF) in the fourth matchday of the Primera Iberdrola, following a big away defeat to Logroño. Tacon played better this time around, but still came away with a 2-1 loss.

  • The defense has been the big issue for Tacon so far — both on an individual and tactical level — and that showed very early on in the game, as Tacon conceded two goals within the first five minutes. The first came from a penalty thanks to a handball in the third minute and the second came from a goal in open play. On both occasions, Tacon put together a string of defensive errors that was worsened by a lack of cohesion between the back four and minimal organization between the midfield and defensive lines. The second goal was particularly emblematic of this, with Madrid CFF cutting straight through the heart of Tacon’s midfield. Yohana’s speed off her line put her in a position to cut out the danger, but she was confused by her defender who was rushing back to sweep up play. As a result, the ball slipped past both of them and the opposition scored in an open net.
  • Leading comfortably, Madrid CFF curtailed their offensive explorations and asked Tacon to break them down. Beyond their defensive woes, Tacon struggle to play the ball around effectively. They are hampered by unreliable touches, inaccurate passing, and a lack of chemistry between defense and midfield. Much relies on Asllani’s ability to collect the ball between the lines and Jakobsson’s dribbling ability on the wing. Tacon know this and tried to funnel the ball to both of them on the right-hand side of the pitch, but Madrid CFF sent defensive overloads at Tacon’s two best players.
  • Around the 35 minute mark, Asllani swapped flanks and put in a cut-back for Lorena that produced Tacon’s first real chance of the game. Sofia soon followed suit but it failed to produce immediate results. In the second half, following a threatening period of play from CFF, Tacon began to really apply pressure. Jakobsson, now on the left, got on the ball more and more, looking to either cross or cut inside to shoot. Her increased touches led to a series of corners.
  • But it wasn’t until late that CD Tacon created their best chances of the game. In the 71st minute, Thaisa did brilliantly to slip Asllani through on goal, but the Swedish international planted her shot over the bar. Six minutes later, Tacon displayed their collective potential when they worked the ball from the right flank to the left halfspace and Thaisa knocked the ball back to substitute Chioma at the edge of the box. Tacon’s #18 made no mistake and curled a beautiful effort just inside the post.
  • All of Tacon’s increased offensive intensity left them more vulnerable at the back and Madrid CFF nearly put the game away twice with counterattacks. In the dying moments of the match, Tacon nearly managed a draw after a looping shot fell on the crossbar.
  • Unsurprisingly, David Aznar is already under quite a bit of pressure. He does have a new, unbalanced team with a large quality differential between attack and defense, but his defensive tactics leave much to be desired. At the moment, CD Tacon sit 14th in the Primera Iberdrola, having won only one of their first four games:

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