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CD Tenerife
So far, so good!
CD Tenerife are enjoying a great season and it is safe to say it has exceeded all expectations so far. With ten matches remaining they find themselves in the play-off zone for a chance to play in La Liga next season.

05.04.2014 - The vibe is good, the players are level headed and with the majority originating from the Island, fans have never been prouder.  Whether this all ends with a glorious promotion is perhaps a step too far this time but the base of the team is set for years to come.  The transfer saga of wonder kid Ayoze Perez made more news as it was announced the FC Porto were ready to make known his signing, but according to reports CD Tenerife officials pulled out at the last minute.  This is probably due to renewed interest for various Spanish clubs as well as clubs from England.  Latest rumours are that Newcastle Utd are willing to double anything offered by FC Porto.


Tenerife 5 Ponferradina 0

This sort of result had been on the cards for a while. Tenerife are hitting top form just at the right time and, while they have struggled against lower teams in the past, on this day they thrashed their visitors with ease.  Ponferradina allowed Tenerife far too much space on the wings and with the pace of Suso and Ayoze running riot this result was never really in doubt.  It only took 11 minutes to break the deadlock.  Suso sped down the right wing on one of his typically cantering runs and he crossed the ball into the path of Ayoze who finished with class.  The lead was doubled on the half an hour mark as Ayoze nipped in to head home from the corner at the far post.  Is there anything this lad cannot do?  Soon after Aridane made the score 3-0 to Tenerife after some more good work by wing wizard Suso.  The crowd were enjoying this display and just waiting to see what Ayoze could come up with next.  Exciting times indeed.  The fourth goal was just a matter of time and Ayoze completed his hat-trick with a lovely swivel on the edge of the box, leaving two defenders in bewilderment, before coolly blasting the ball under the keeper.  Ayoze´s first hat-trick in the Heliodoro Stadium, but not his first for the club as he has scored numerous in a blue and white shirt.  Well he has been at the club since the age of eight!  Manager Cervera shuffled the team about and allegedly told Aitor Sanz to get himself booked so he would miss the next game and leave a clean run in.  Aitor is a key ball winner and he seems to attract yellow cards in this league of card happy referees. Late on, the rout was complete as winter signing Edgar, born in Arafo, South Tenerife, notched his first goal and what a cracker it was. The final whistle blew on a goal fest of an afternoon: 5-0 we don´t see many of them!


Deportivo de La Coruña 1 CD Tenerife 1

A fine point for the blanquiazules against high flying Deportivo, odds on to gain promotion.  The stage was set, the impressive Riazor Stadium rocked under the lights and the players were welcomed onto the pitch by confetti and streamers.  It is so good to be playing back at venues like this after two years in the third tier of Spanish football.  The match however started in terrible fashion for Tenerife and they were 1-0 down after just three minutes.  A fierce swinging free-kick was badly judged by Roberto in goal and Lopo headed into an empty net.  The home side dominated and Tenerife were chasing shadows for the first twenty minutes.  Manager Cervera needed to change the system and he made a quick swap just after the half an hour mark with midfielder Rivero replacing winger Edgar.  There is no point in having two quick wingers in Suso and Edgar if we cannot get the ball to them in the first place.  The cunning plan worked and finally Tenerife found their feet.  Roberto redeemed himself with some great saves early on in the second half but after the initial pressure the blanquiazules took control.  Ayoze was leaving his defenders flat footed as he skipped past them with class.  And it was his nimble feet that won a penalty on 65 minutes, duly converted by Ricardo.  The game finished 1-1, a very good result for Tenerife which keeps the momentum going.  Next up is Alaves on April 6 in Santa Cruz with a 5pm kick off.


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