Aridane’s winning goal in this 1-2 victory at Eibar was a peach, actually it was more than that, it was a peach, a plum, a pineapple, and a pomegranate. Survival in the Segunda, our first objective after coming up in the summer, is now assured, we are nestling in comfortably for a promotion play off spot, and the dream of a top two automatic promotion place is a real possibility.
Seven minutes in at Eibar we were a goal down with no Ayoze Perez to call on but the quality and belief of this squad turned that all around as every player turned it on. The Eibar goal came from a free kick curled in from the byline, it eluded defence and goalie and was toe poked in by Bovedo. Time to get to work, coach Alvaro Cervera again surprised a few experts by starting Nano and Juanjo as the main strikers with Rivero supporting and Edgar on the wing. There was a scare after 14 minutes when the Tenerife defence hacked at the ball but couldn’t clear it, Moyano had the cool head and saw it off.
Morales was the thorn on the home side, he was through for an easy goal before an offside call, Roberto blocked the shot superbly at close range. Tenerife nearly leveled before the break but a crisp shot bounced out off Nano. Our little group in Suters Bar were quite relaxed about going in a goal adrift, that will be the Cervera effect. Less than 10 minutes after the restart Ayoze Diaz had a free kick a good distance out on the left, he floated it over in a similar style to Eibar strike and Bruno put it in the net with a neat flick of his head.
Suso came on for Edgar and was unlucky not to score after Nano picked him out with a cross field ball. Aridane took over from Juanjo and Cristo swapped places with Nano, the youngster did well. Then came that very special goal, Aridane was on the edge of the penalty area with markers ahead of him, he looked up and launched his guided missile into the top corner of the net. There were a few jitters before the end, a back header left Roberto trying to claw the ball back from a corner and an ambitious bicycle kick could have spoilt the party. Eibar missed their easiest chance in stoppage time but fired into the side netting. Fortune favours the brave, this CD Tenerife side and their coach just keep on daring and the fans are having to upgrade their hopes with each game.