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Rampant Tenerife go marching on!
CD Tenerife have now firmly staked their place in the promotion battle with two more important wins. Having reached the 51 point survival mark, thoughts can now turn to an unlikely play-off spot in June.


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25.04.2014 - After last season’s promotion from the third level, the blanquiazules struggled to adjust to their new life in the second division initially, but since the New Year it has been a joy to the follow the team’s progress.  Manager Alvaro Cervera has been at the forefront of this turnaround and his much talked about squad rotation in this long campaign is working well.  While other teams appear to be tiring, our players are raring to go: the belief is there, the pride is there and an exciting end to the season is on the cards.

 

CD Tenerife 2 Alaves 0

The blanquiazules had an untroubled afternoon in securing all three points against relegation threatened Alaves.  Tenerife went 1-0 up on 14 minutes after some classy play between Ayoze and Suso set up Juanjo who prodded the ball into the net.  The visitors were finding the pace in the warm spring sunshine too hot to handle and Tenerife were soon two goals to the good.  This time the goal came from the penalty spot as Ricardo swept the ball past the helpless keeper.  It must be admitted that the penalty ruling was very harsh after an Alaves defender was adjudged to have handled the ball, but how many times have we had these decisions given against us?  It was all Tenerife deserved, however, and Ayoze almost made it 3-0 before the break but his shot missed the post by whisker.  The 11,554 crowd thought they were going to witness a repeat of the five goal thrashing of two weeks before, but the second half was slightly subdued.  The job had been done and with a tough schedule on the way it is important to hit the run-in without suspensions or injuries.  

 

Eibar 1 CD Tenerife 2

At Ipurúa, set halfway up the valley of the River Ego in the Basque Country, Northern Spain, the mist rolls down the green hillside, across the roofs and right over the pitch.  Eibar is a proud club which enjoys the advantage of loan players from near-by giants Ath. Bilbao and Real Sociedad and, a rarity these days, is a club without any debt.  

Over 5.000 fans squeezed into the small stadium, including 90 from Tenerife, and there was a party atmosphere as the local side celebrated their 1000th second division match.  Manager Alvaro Cervera stated, "This team is a lot more than Ayoze" in reference to the loss of the wonder kid prior to the match through injury.  A blow but, more importantly, this squad is showing some great spirit just at the right time.  There was a bad start as Tenerife conceded after just six minutes as Boveda netted for Eibar from a free-kick, but the blanquiazules gritted their teeth and showed why they are one of the form teams in the league.  They gained controlled of the match and were level on 51 minutes with Bruno, the young centre half from Las Galletas, scoring his first goal of the season.  Cervera got his tactics spot on as he brought on attackers Aridane and Suso, and on 72 minutes Aridane hit the strike of his life as he curled in a shot from around 27 metres out.  A wonder goal to make the score 1-2, and that is how the match finished after a couple of late scares on the Tenerife goal.   Eight matches to go.  Eight Finals.  Next up is Numancia on April 20 at 5pm in the Heliodoro Stadium, Santa Cruz.  Let´s keep the run going!



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