Two defeats on the trot doesn’t make a crisis for CD Tenerife but it’s a warning to sort themselves out before they throwaway their healthy lead at the top of the table. Self inflicted mistakes proved costly in this 1-2 defeat and Aridane enhanced his reputation as out main striker by not even playing. The suspended forward was missed for his physical presence and sheer nuisance value to opposition defences – and his 14 goals have been a bit handy too.
It was a similar story with right back Javi Moyano also forced to sit out the game, his replacement Sergio Rodriguez had a mare, he kept backing off when he should have been putting in the telling tackles. Guijuelo are in the relegation zone and Manu Moreira was the only player that looked to have any attacking threat, striker German and midfielder Abel both had to sit the game out as part of their loan agreement from CD Tenerife.
It was a very shaky start from Tenerife Moreira made a half chance and from the corner Aragoneses had to punch the ball away with Yeray mopping up after him. Alberto made a silly slip and was thankful to Llorente for coming to his rescue before Guijuelo could think of exploiting it. The visitors goalie Calvo looked strong and commanding in the air – maybe battering ram Aridane could have tested him. Tenerife wasted a free kick on the edge of the box, Suso chipped over and coach Alvaro Cervera called a couple of his players over during a break in play to presumably ask them what the hell their problem was.
Just before the half hour Guillem Marti put pressure on the Guijuelo defence after a cross from Llorente, Manolo got a touch to it and everyone froze as the ball sneaked in to the net with slippers on for an own goal. Time to take control, or maybe not, bad concentration just before the break proved costly as Rodriguez again dithered leaving Jaime Moreno to flight in a quality goal at the near post that Aragoneses flapped at instead of pushing it away. Cristo Martin raised hopes early in the second half with a decent free kick but Calvo was down on it. A neat back heel from Cristo set Llorente away but he flashed the ball wide, changes were needed. A double substitution saw Ayoze Perez and Chechu replace Guillem and Yeray and Tenerife showed some renewed urgency.
Chechu sprinted down the left and got close with his shot and followed up with a cross that carried on past the post and out of play. The killer blow came after 70 minutes, Llorente was caught out this time and Volero scored with from one of the few real efforts his side had on goal. Nico took over for Rodriguez but couldn’t make the difference, Alberto managed a header that the Guijuelo keeper took low down and in injury time Alberto had another fruitless attempt that went wide as Ayoze called for the ball. I was so angry by the end of the game that I almost had a Justin Beiber hissy fit but the soccer Gods bailed us out again as Leganes and Oviedo both drew leaving us five points clear and they go head to head next week.