First Division - Day 11

Mallorca 2 - Tenerife 0

Mallorca: Leo Franco; Campano, Olaizola, Fernando Niño, Nadal, Miguel Soler; Novo (Robles 89'), Marcos, Paunovic (Paco Soler 63'); Eto'o, Luque (Biagini 65'). 5-3-2.
Tenerife: Sergio Aragoneses; Javi Venta, Lussenhoff, Pablo Paz, Basavilbaso; Bino (Bruno Marioni 55'), Martí; Manel (Slovak 46'), Acorán, Iván Ania; Xisco (Hugo Morales 63'). 4-2-3-1.

Team changes: Mallorca: Paunovic for Robles / Tenerife: Martí, Acorán for Jaime, Hugo Morales.

1-0. 36. Eto'o (penalty). Javi Venta ruled to have fouled Luque.
2-0. 94. Miguel Soler. First time shot through crowded goal mouth.

Mallorca moved closer to safety with a 2-0 victory over fellow strugglers Tenerife, who drop down to next to bottom after the weekend's matches. The home side were in a better mood having at least qualified for the UEFA cup with a victory in their last Champions League game, and Sergio Kresic only made one change to the starting eleven from that game, bringing back Luque up front for Biagini. He did however change his formation, moving back Campano to right back in a five man defence which he had used so successfully in his last post at Las Palmas. Tenerife's manager Pepe Mel brought in youngster Acorán after good performances recently.

It was a game with few chances, with both sides playing cautiously in view of their precarious positions. Eto'o put the home side ahead from the penalty spot ten minutes before the interval when Javi Venta was ruled by referee Rodríguez Santiago to have fouled Luque, although Mel complained bitterly about the decision after the game, probably with good reason. The introduction of Marioni after the break improved things for the visitors, although Marcos could have extended the home side's lead with a header against the bar. Miguel Soler finally did so in injury time with a shot through a crowded goalmouth, his first goal for his club, taking Mallorca up to eighteenth. Tenerife's manager Pepe Mel could be replaced in the near future if results don't improve.