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CD Lugo 0 CD Tenerife 0
JUST like last Saturday’s Champions League final last Saturday, Tenerife and their fans didn’t care how they played in this match… all that mattered was the result!
A win would have been ideal, but, thanks to Oviedo and their promotion hopes, they beat Majadahonda 4-3 in an epic battle which secured the Tenerife and Lugo places in the Segunda Division for next season.
As the match started, it was clear that neither team wanted to lose, while in the stands, all eyes were not only on this match, but on Oviedo, because as their result would have a huge effect.
Lugo dominated play early on, without creating any clear-cut chances. Midfielders Herrera and Lazo did a lot of damage, and Milla alone opposed them.
Lazo had the best chance as he broke through, clear on goal, but keeper Dani Hernández saved Tenerife.
Malbasic responded on a counter-attack, forcing a good save from Juan Carlos in Lugo’s goal. This encouraged the visitors, who approached the Galician area with more danger.
In fact, another good run of play from Malbasic left him in an excellent position, but he shot really wide.
The second half started with both teams gripped by the fear of losing. Tenerife had more offensive presence as Lugo took a step back and defended. Nano Mesa had a half-hearted effort for CDT, and Lazo put in a lovely ball for Lugo, but Valentín missed it by centimetres at the far post.
By now, Rayo Majadahonda had scored twice in Madrid, which put the nerves of both teams and their supporters through the roof.
In fact, at times on the pitch, there seemed to be a
non-aggressive pact between the sides. But then followed near-disaster for Tenerife.
A mistake from Dani saw Barreiro pounce and shoot with a volley, but Dani redeemed himself, saving well.
Moving towards the final whistle, the play slowed down, and even though the game was at stake, the fans were hanging on to Oviedo’s progress.
Then it happened! A goal for Oviedo from former Lugo player Joselu, to make it 4-3 in Madrid, was celebrated more than any other score this season in the Anxo Carro.
From then, until the end, they almost didn’t play, and, at the final whistle, everyone was waiting for the result of the other match.
When the score came through, both teams celebrated as though they had won the league, because their safety was guaranteed.
Both clubs, by the skin of their teeth, will be in the Liga 1-2-3 for 2019/20. But now the hard work begins.
With one match left, on Sunday, Tenerife can now regroup over the summer and start to rebuild in the right way, to be competitive next season. Good luck, Sr Sampedro!

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