First Division - Day 16

Tenerife 0 - Real Madrid 2

Tenerife: Sergio Aragoneses; Javi Venta, Pablo Paz, Lussenhoff, Bermudo (Jaime 83'); Manel (Jordi 75'), Martí, Iván Ania; Hugo Morales; Acorán, Pier (Xisco 46'). 4-3-1-2.
Real Madrid: Casillas; Michel Salgado, Hierro, Pavón, Roberto Carlos; Iván Helguera, Makelele (Celades 41'); Figo, Zidane (Munitis 87'), Raúl; Morientes (Solari 65'). 4-2-3-1.

Team changes: Tenerife: Bermudo, Manel, Acorán, Pier for Basavilbaso, Slovak, Xisco, Bruno Marioni / Madrid: No change.

0-1. 14. Iván Helguera. Took precision pass from Makelele and beat keeper.
0-2. 94. Figo (penalty). After referee ruled that Lussenhoff had fouled Hierro.

Real Madrid moved to the top of the first division for 24 hours with a 0-2 victory over Tenerife on Saturday night, their seventh straight win in a row. Del Bosque's unchanged side took the lead on the quarter hour mark through Iván Helguera, who picked up a through pass from Makelele to beat Aragonés for his second goal in four days. Tenerife were missing several key players, with Basavilbaso and Marioni suspended and Slovak out for the rest of the season, and with Fuertes also unfit Pepe Mel had started the game with Acorán and Pier up front. The Canary Island side played a physical game, and referee Mejuto González was constantly stopping play for fouls by the home side. Makelele had to leave the field five minutes before half time after picking up an injury in a clash with Morales, and Celades came on in his place.

At half time Mel brought on Xisco, and the Spanish under-21 international put some life back in to the game with a couple of attempts at goal, the first a shot which Roberto Carlos cleared with Casillas beaten, and the second an effort which the keeper saved at point blank range. Acorán also forced a couple of good saves out of Casillas as Madrid sat back to defend their lead. However with the match coming to an end referee Mejuto González awarded a controversial penalty to the visitors after Lussenhoff and Hierro tussled in the area, and Figo rounded off a good night for Madrid placing his spot kick wide of the keeper. They ended the day in third place, two points behind Alavés and a point behind Deportivo, who both won their games the following day. Osasuna's win means that Tenerife drop into the relegation zone.