First Division - Day 1

Tenerife 0 - Alavés 2

Tenerife: Sergio; Slovak, Lussenhoff, Pablo Paz, Bermudo; Basavilbaso (Javi Venta 64'), Hugo Morales, Martí, Jordi; Pier (Marioni 46'), Xisco (Simutenkov 58'). 4-4-2.
Alavés: Kike; Geli, Téllez, Coloccini, Llorens; Astudillo, Pablo (Turiel 67'); Mara (Witschge 73'), Jordi Cruyff, Ibon Begoña (Magno 54'); Rubén Navarro. 4-2-3-1.

0-1. 40. Rubén Navarro. Pulled down Geli's cross and volleyed over Sergio.
0-2. 83. Astudillo. Got on the end of Witschge free kick to squeeze ball home.

All of the newly promoted teams lost, with Tenerife being defeated at home by Alavés. Rubén Navarro stepped into Javi Moreno's shoes and scored an impressive first goal before half time, but then got himself sent off for a second yellow card ten minutes from the end. That didn't stop Astudillo adding a second though from Witschge's free kick near the end. The result was a blow for Tenerife, who used four strikers during the match without success. They have apparently signed a fifth forward Fuertes this week, and may try and strengthen their squad further (if funds are available) with some of the cast offs from the bigger sides. Alavés are hoping to get back in Europe this season after losing the UEFA cup final to Liverpool, and couldn't have made a better start.