Derby is settled with a draw and controversy

UD Las Palmas 1 CD Tenerife 1

NO matter what league Tenerife and Las Palmas meet in, you can be assured that both teams raise their game, the fans are more vocal than ever, security is at its tightest, and temperatures can boil over.

Last Sunday was no different as they met for the first time this season at the Estadio Gran Canaria, with, let’s be honest, both teams struggling in the first part of the season.

Initially, Tenerife struggled to get into the match and Las Palmas had the more positive start and the earliest chances.

Their first, a good cross from Fidel right in to the danger zone, saw a good header from captain David Garcia beat keeper Dani Hernandez, but was just a bit too high. The second chance, from a corner, was headed wide.

But the home team made no mistake in the 17th minute. Encaró brought the ball forward and released it to Rubèn, who crossed it to Fidel. He made a superb run to the edge of the six-yard box and did everything right, only to miss the ball.

Fortunately for him, Sergio Araujo was unmarked behind him and slotted it past Dani easily, sending the home fans into hysteria with a 1-0 lead.

This advantage should have been extended during the first half as Cala and Timor both had chances, but they couldn’t come up with accurate finishing to trouble the Tenerife goal. As they went into the half-time break, it was evident that Tenerife coach Oltra had work to do to get his men into the game, because Las Palmas had dominated.

And, as the second half started, it looked as though the home side were carrying on where they left off, with a curling Fidel shot from 20 yards out, which Dani saved with an outstretched arm.

But in the 61st minute, Tenerife were finally on the attack. Good build-up play saw the ball break to Suso, unmarked on the right, who released a shot that was well saved by home keeper Raul Fernandez.

Following this attack, Las Palmas broke on the counter and German player Blum, their man of the match, crashed the ball against a post.

It bounced out to Araujo, in front of goal, and he headed what appeared to be his second of the match, only for him to be denied by Camile, who nodded the ball off the goal-line to safety.

In the 78th minute, the moment that changed the game arrived. Montañes came charging forward, received the ball on the edge of the 18-yard box and struck an almighty shot on the run.

The UD captain put his body between the ball and the goal, and was struck on the head as he turned. Only Montañes gave a half-hearted appeal for hand-ball, yet referee Sagués Oscoz wasted no time in blowing his whistle, pointing to penalty spot, and sending off skipper Garcia to reduce Las Palmas to 10 men.

Amid the appeals and complaints, Suso, the Tenerife No.10, stepped up to the plate and did his job by wrong-footing Fernandez and levelling the game 1-1, although the penalty decision would certainly have been reversed with VAR!

There were five minutes of extra-time added following the penalty, and Tenerife, with one more player, took control.

Acosta had a chance to win the match in the closing seconds, but he sent the ball high in to the stands.

The final result was bitter sweet for Las Palmas, who must have felt hard done by, but it was a good result for Tenerife, because some decisions this season haven’t always gone their way.

It also sets them up well for the final game of the year before the Christmas break, at home tonight (Friday) against league leaders Granada.

They will need to complete their chances to get anything from what will be a difficult match. And they will then have time to regroup and prepare for the second half of the season, starting with a home game against Elche on 4th January.


The worst-attended Canarian derby in years

THE derby on Sunday between Las Palmas and Tenerife recorded the worst attendance of the last eight meetings at the Estadio de Gran Canaria, with 19,190 spectators, in a stadium that holds over 32,000.

The Las Palmas crowd was below 20,000 people in the new stadium for the first time, despite the usual presence of 1,500 away fans. In addition, the last Canarian derby in the league, played in March 2015, drew 8,842 more fans than Sunday’s attendance.

In fact, the derby crowd did not exceed the best of the current season, which was for the visit of Malaga on 23rd September, with 21,350 fans.

The previous worst attendance at a Canarian derby was recorded in the last match played in the old Insular Stadium in January 2003, with 14,782 spectators.

The average attendance this season at the Estadio de Gran Canaria, according to official figures released by the club for each game, is 14,382 spectators after 10 home games.


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