First Division - Day 7

Tenerife 3 - Rayo Vallecano 1

Tenerife: Julio Iglesias; Javi Venta, Lussenhoff, Pablo Paz, Basavilbaso (Alexis 65'), Bermudo; Bino, Jaime; Manel, Xisco (Acorán 84'), Iván Ania; Fuertes (Pier 77'). 4-2-3-1.
Rayo: Lopetegui; Alcázar, Corino, De Quintana (Pablo Sanz 35'), Graff; Quevedo, Roy; Glaucio (Azkoitia 46'), Michel, Arteaga (Luis Cembranos 60'); Bolic. 4-2-3-1.

Team changes: Tenerife: Basavilbaso, Xisco for Bermudo, Marioni / Rayo: De Quintana, Glaucio, Arteaga, Bolic for Hernández, Azkoitia, Luis Cembranos, Bolo.

1-0. 01. Iván Ania. Whipped ball in past keeper from edge of area.
1-1. 06. Corino. Headed down past keeper on far post after Michel free kick.
2-1. 54. Jaime. Turned ball past keeper after Javi Venta run down the right.
3-1. 57. Xisco. Controlled Basavilbaso headed pass and lifted ball past keeper.

Rayo Vallecano dropped to the bottom of the first division for the first time in seven years after losing to relegation rivals Tenerife. Gregorio Manzano's side let in the fastest goal of the season in their last game, and once again they went to sleep in the opening minutes, Iván Ania beating Lopetgui for his side's first goal in four matches. This itme though Rayo reacted quickly, and Corino levelled the scores five minutes later heading home Michel's free kick. The rest of the first half belonged to the visitors as shots rained down on Tenerife's goal, with Michel hitting the bar with a centre-come-shot and Lussenhoff clearing Bolic's effort in front of the goalmouth with the keeper beaten.

Shortly before half time Julio Iglesias somehow kept out another effort from Michel and the home fans booed their team off at the break. However the second half was a different story, and two goals in three minutes from Jaime and Xisco took the wind out of Rayo's sails (incidentally all four goalscorers got their names on the scoresheets for the first time for their new clubs). Tenerife climb away from the bottom spots, for the time being at least, leaving Manzano pondering how he is going to get Rayo out of the mire and back up the table where they belong.