Archive for April 29th, 2012
CD Tenerife Get Back Their Fizz As Real Oviedo Are Tangoed

Whisper it quietly but promotion is no longer a dirty word in the Heliodoro stadium, CD Tenerife bounced back to form with a 3-0 win as influential midfielder Kitoko came back from his two month injury. To be fair to new coach Quique Medina, his other changes played a big part as well in kick starting the promotion play off quest. Medina replaced Tarantino in the centre of defence and Sergio Rodriguez took the place of Cristobal at right back, the defence looked steadier and the launch pad was there to fuel the miss firing rocket Perona up front. Few of us fancied Aridane as a strike partner for Perona (below) but it worked and our leading scorer finally moved on from his 11 goal tally with an impressive hat trick.

There was a sense of urgency from the start as the visitors were just a point behind CDT, Kike Lopez and Chechu both made strong runs down the flanks and Aridane was snapping at the Oviedo defenders. Chechu set up Perona for a headed shot but the keeper was able to deal with it. A few minutes later Perona pounced on some defensive uncertainty to fire a crisp shot into the visitors net, Tenerife were ahead with just 11 minutes on the clock. Nano came close to levelling but hit a post and at the other end Perona saw his shot go just wide of the target.

Kitoko (above) was in control in midfield and Bravo was having a decent go at his latest role alongside him. Oviedo are no mugs and a quick break caight the Tenerife defence stretched, Nano closed in on the space in front of goal but his pass was wasted by Rubiato with the goal gaping in front of him. Aridane missed his chance with a header, Sergio made a stunning double save, a second goal was needed to settle the nerves. Just before half time Perona was the hero with a flying header that had the Oviedo keeper well beaten, perfect timing to underline the Tenerife revival.

The visitors looked more deterrmined after the restart, Diop tested Sergio and found him alert and strong. Zazo came on for Chechu who’s passses were becoming a bit slack. Perona was buzzing but Aridane was running out of ideas, Kiko replaced him to keep the pressure on the Oviedo defence. It paid off as Juanpa brought Perona down in the box and the rejuvenated striker stepped up to complete his hat trick. The usual confetti of yellow cards was missing but in the 83 rd minute Bravo went into the book and ruled himself out of next weeks away game at Marino Luanco.


The 8.895 crowd were lapping it up and the rift between them and the players was a distant memory. Cristobal was the final sub, taking over from Bravo and helping to guard against any late slip ups – goal difference may yet play a part in the play off picture. Kiko and Perona both went close in the closing minutes but the victory was well deserved and put a big dent in Real Oviedo’s own play off ambitions.