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Terrific Tenerife
What a fantastic couple of weeks it has been for CD Tenerife.

06.11.2013 -  

Ponferradina 0 CD Tenerife 1

Manager Álvaro Cervera raised a few eyebrows by dropping regular keeper Aragoneses in favour of young Roberto, with another youngster, Ayoze Perez, starting up front with Aridane. In fact there were five changes made to the starting eleven as the ‘Cervera revolution’ attempts to kick start the blanquiazules campaign. The odds were stacked against CD Tenerife as Ponferradina had been in fine form and were undefeated at their El Toralin Stadium. Debutee keeper Roberto pulled off some fine early saves in a rain soaked North Western corner of Spain.  Big Aridane missed a clear opportunity on 20 minutes and soon after Tenerife had every right to feel hard done by as a well taken Ayoze volley was ruled offside.  The second half proved to be a carbon copy of the first in a hard fought contest.  The blanquiazules’ tactics were working well, solid defending, fighting for the ball in the midfield and hoping to provide a decent through ball to ‘Gazelle Ayoze’.  Ricardo was replaced in midfield by Iñigo Ros and minutes later Tenerife took the lead.  A quick break ended up with Ayoze Perez beating two defenders in the box before sliding the ball under the home team keeper. The Tenerifian forward has made a positive impact since his involvement in the team recently and this was his third goal.  The boy could be a star and Tenerife need to look after their young prodigies.  The home team rallied later on as expected but Roberto produced a superb one handed save to push the ball onto the bar. The final whistle blew and the victorious Tenerife team knew that this could be a morale boosting win in their fight for survival this season.

CD Tenerife 2 Deportivo de La Coruña 0

This can possibly be described as Tenerife’s best victory in over three years.  How ex-Champions League outfit Deportivo find themselves in the second division again is anyone’s guess.  They are favourites for a direct promotion back to La Liga but not on this performance.  Having said that let’s not take anything away from CD Tenerife who fully deserved their win.  The squally pre-match showers and the televising of El Clasico reduced the crowd slightly but the fans that did turn up enjoyed a treat.  The first half was a tense affair with only a few half-chances being created by Tenerife and Deportivo hardly threatening Roberto in goal. The 0-0 half-time score was amazingly the 11th game on the trot that Tenerife had not conceded a goal in the first 45 minutes.  The only player on the Deportivo side to pose any danger was Rudy but his efforts were snuffed out easily to the frustration of the 60 travelling supporters.  The breakthrough came on 57 minutes as a Rivero corner was whipped into the box and met by a glancing Carlos Ruiz header.  The ball smashed into the net to put Tenerife 1-0 up.  As the minutes passed the Galician side was forced to take more risks but this suited the home team, especially with the introduction of speedy winger Suso.  In the last minute a galloping Suso break away ended up with Aridane scoring with a near post shot, causing great scenes in the Heliodoro!  The second division is so tight that only five points separate the relegation places from the play-offs!

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