On Sunday, Tacón played their most fun game of the season. It was the derby; the biggest rivalry for Tacón followers. The relationship between the two sides is so antagonistic, Madrid CFF refused to play a tournament back in 2017 if Tacón joined. As a result, the Matapiñonera stadium was packed with everyone eagerly awaiting the start of the show.
Thaisa and Lorena were sanctioned for this game and were consequently removed from the lineup. Defensively, the team kept a 1-4-4-2 formation as shown in the image, but, offensively, Aznar went back to a 1-4-2-3-1, with Jakobsson up top and Malena, Asllani and Jessica behind her.
Madrid CFF started dominating the match. They sustained a well-executed high press that we know Tacón struggles to overcome. In the first ten minutes the opposing team had very clear chances that were cleared by Yohana between the posts. Madrid CFF finally capitalized on that chance creation in the 14th minute with an excellent header by Valeria Cantuario.
Tacón resorted to long balls to break through Madrid’s defense and finally one of those passes paid off, landing at Sofia Jakobsson’s feet. The Swede managed to find goal with a wonderful solo strike. From that moment until the end of the first half, we saw Tacón get a grip of the game. We caught a glimpse of what Kosovare Asllani can bring to the table once Tacón have a team with enough quality to retain possession and have more fluidity when moving the ball around; she coordinated the offense, carrying the ball up the pitch and feeding sharp passes to her colleagues. Ultimately, with 4 minutes left to finish the first half, it was her turn to score and she was assisted by Jakobsson.
The fun hadn’t yet started, though. After the second half kicked off, Madrid CFF scored two goals in 10 minutes. Both goals were due to defensive errors at the back. Notably, Daiane struggled to track back and was often out of position. From that point onwards, it was an equal battle until the end of the match. It was Esther who turned the game around for Tacón; she set up Osinache Ohale for a header in the 76th minute and scored a direct free-kick ten minutes later to give Las Blancas their comeback victory.
It was by far the most celebrated win of the season for Tacón. This truly is the biggest rivalry for Las Taconeras and it is a pity that the streaming rights battle prevented the public from enjoying the game. We can only hope the situation gets settled soon.
Looking forward to the next league game:
- Ainoa Campo received her fifth yellow card of the season and, thus, she won’t be available for the next home match against Valencia.
- Tacón’s next game will be La Copa de la Reina round of eight at home against Rayo Vallecano on February 11th.