Archive for May 5th, 2010
Messi Ending To CD Tenerife Wet Dream

After 62 minutes it looked like an unlikely point for CD Tenerife as they held Barcelona 1-1 in their own backyard while resting several key players. The referee, a home banker, let Barcelona back into the game with a Bojan goal that looked clearly offside and the game was washed away from Tenerife in the torrential Catalan rain.

Coach Oltra rested Nino, Ayoze, and Bertran from the starting line up with an eye to the vital home game against Almeria this Saturday but Tenerife still gave a good account of themselves and had Barcelona worried. Alfaro set the tone, finishing off a great flowing move with a shot that went over the home bar. The forward nearly got caught out when defending at the other end, he lost a tackle to Alves and was relieved to se him shoot wide. Barcelona made the breakthrough aftr 16 minutes when an Alves cross was headed down by Ibrahimovic for Messi to nip in at the post and chip his shot over the diving body of Sergio Aragoneses.

 Messi was getting more into the game and hit a curling shot just past the Tenerife goal, and a dazzling run allowed Maxwell to unleash a shot that Sergio tipped aside in impressive fashion. It was a frustrating evening for Tenerife as the referee gave every decision to the home side but Tenerife rose above it and shocked the crowd with a well taken equaliser six minutes from the break. Kome broke and passed to Roman who gratefully slotted the ball past the Barca keeper.

Pedro, the man from Abades in Tenerife, came on for Barcelona to start the second half but the visitors had the first chance but kome was too slow to get to the ball with a clear sight on goal. Borjan looked in for decent chance but Sergio slid along the soggy surface to take the ball off him. The ref gave the home side a gift free kick whick Messi put over the goal but then that phantom goal gave them the lead. Alves slipped the ball through to Bojan and despite Tenerife appeals, the ref ignored the offside and allowed his goal.

That was a killer blow to Tenerife and gave Barca the boost they needed. Pedro skipped a tackle and nearly added another goal but shot wide. Xavi launched a free kick over the defensive wall but Sergio was at his best to  make a great save. Nino came off the bench and was just short in a one on one chance before Pedro shrugged off Sicilia to make it 3-1. Nino had the ball in the Barca net but his effort was offside, Angel arrived for Alfaro but the game was slipping away by then. Messi showed his skillful control to latch onto a cross and fire a 4th goal, Culebras was just about playing him onside. It was a flattering end for Barcelona and Tenerife trudged off soaked but with plenty of pride.