Ten-man Tenerife hold on

CD Tenerife 0 UD Las Palmas 0
THE Canarian derby, which ended ended goalless last Saturday, had plenty of drama, especially in the last minute when referee Díaz de Mera awarded a penalty for Aitor Sanz’s foul on Rubén Castro. But VAR ruled it out for a previous offside by Pekhart.
It was the culmination of an intense match, with local domination in the first half by Tenerife, and a strong reaction from the yellows after the break, when Las Palmas coach Pepe Mel gave Pedri a free-roaming role in the centre of the pitch.
The first half was all blue-and-white, although it started with chances for both teams: Cedrés for Las Palmas in the fourth minute, followed by Tenerife’s Suso a minute later. And it was all CDT from then on.
The home side, led by Milla, had depth on the right, although Luis Pérez did not capitalise on his crosses, and the danger came to no avail, after he failed to find Carlos Ruiz or Malbasic.
In fact, the best chance fell to Las Palmas in the 40th minute, with a good Lemos shot which went close.
A change of formation in the second half ignited Las Palmas, who did everything but score. Pedri dominated in the centre of midfield, and a foul on him had Luis Milla seeing red.
It was the first time the Madrid player had been sent off in his career, but it was justice after a bad tackle from behind on the 16-year-old, who was born in Tegueste!
Tenerife struggled for the next 20 minutes, until the penalty incident and the final whistle. To be fair, a draw left no one satisfied: Tenerife, because a point in a local derby is no consolation, and Las Palmas, because they squandered a promising chance to break an 18-year streak without a win at the Heliodoro.
Since the end of the game, Milla has been the subject of massive abuse from Las Palmas fans on social media. He has been chastised for the challenge on Pedri, which, they claim, could have ended the teenager’s career before it has properly started.
Milla has apologised to everyone, publicly, and Tenerife can now move on to their next fixture, at Albacete on Sunday morning.

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