First Division - Day 37

Las Palmas 0 - Tenerife 1

Las Palmas: Orlando Quintana; Angel, Alvaro (Rubén 65'), Schurrer, Paqui; Samways, Josico (Tevenet 60'); Edu Alonso, Jorge (Socorro 77'), Pablo Lago; Orlando. 4-2-3-1.
Tenerife: Julio Iglesias; Manel, Alexis, Lussenhoff, Basavilbaso; Bino, Jaime; Bassedas (Antonio Hidalgo 60'), Bruno Marioni (Simutenkov 73'), Martí; Bichi Fuertes (Rubén 86'). 4-2-3-1.

Team changes: Las Palmas: Paqui, Josico for Sarasúa, Alberto / Tenerife: Manel, Jaime, Bassedas, Bichi Fuertes for Javi Venta, Mustafá, Jordi Ocaña, Xisco.

0-1. 34. Marioni. Lobbed ball past keeper from edge of area.

Tenerife kept alive their slim hopes of salvation and at the same time dragged their Canary Island neighbours down into the mire with a 0-1 victory in Gran Canaria. The pre-match build up to this passionate match had been tense, with Venezuelan international Socorro warming things up after being quoted as saying that the Tenerife players would not leave the field free of injury if they won. As a result there were brief scuffles between fans before the game, and high tackles were flying in early on in the game. With only four minutes on the clock the visitors nearly scored, young keeper Orlando Quintana inadvisably coming off his line and getting caught, and Schurrer had to save the day as Marioni's shot headed goalwards. Things calmed down and Las Palmas came back, with Jorge and then Samways both shooting wide. But then Marioni again caught Quintana going walk-about on a rapid breakaway, getting between the advancing keeper and Alvaro to lob the ball into the net from the edge of the area.

As time wore on the nerves started to show, with Paqui and his manager Fernando Vázquez getting into a shouting match and Samways forgetting which sport he was playing and driving into Marioni as if he was a rugby forward. Vázquez brought on two extra forwards as Tenerife gave up any thought of attack, and Paqui saw his long shot tipped over the bar by Julio Iglesias. The keeper then kept out an Orlando header near the end, and Socorro came on to fire another free kick over the bar. It was not to be though, and Javier Clemente's side gratefully took all three points back to Santa Cruz to move off the bottom ahead of Zaragoza. With one game to go the two remaining relegation places will be decided between Las Palmas, Tenerife and Mallorca. Tenerife will be hosts to Bilbao next week and Las Palmas, who are still a point above them, have to visit Real Sociedad. However they both depend on Mallorca dropping points in their home game against Valladolid, and for Tenerife to stay up they have to win, Mallorca have to lose and Las Palmas at best draw. Otherwise there will be no first division football for visitors to the Canary Islands next season.