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El Molinón

Referee: Carlos Delgado Ferreiro | Attendance: 19000

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  • Román 70'
  • Alfaro 87'

Alfaro seals important win

Tenerife boosted their hopes of Primera Division survival by securing their first away win of the season with a deserved triumph at Sporting Gijon tonight.

The Canary Islanders left it late, but got their reward after dominating the match for long periods.

They had to wait until 20 minutes from time to take the lead, when Roman Martinez opened the scoring after the visitors had created the better of the chances in the game.

And Alejandro Alfaro rounded off a deserved win with a second from close range three minutes from time.

Tenerife had failed to win away from home all season and the Canary Islanders' hopes of securing a second successive season in the top flight looked bleak before this match.

Jose Luis Oltra's men began the day five points adrift of 17th-placed Malaga and only one ahead of Real Valladolid, in 18th.

And they surely knew that, with just six matches remaining to cement a place in next season's top flight, they could not rely solely on their home form.

Sporting, though, have an impressive home record and headed into this encounter on 37 points and therefore just one win short of achieving the symbolic total of 40 points, which is generally considered sufficient to avoid the drop.

And they started well, creating the first real chance of the game after four minutes, when David Barral fired straight at Sergio Aragoneses from close range.

But Tenerife soon came back and Nino was denied by Juan Pablo Colinas with only the Sporting keeper to beat after 11 minutes.

It was a lively start to an entertaining match, but chances were few and far between after that until Nino blasted a fierce effort against the post eight minutes before half-time.

The teams went in on level terms at the interval, but Sporting came within a whisker of taking the lead a minute after the restart, when Miguel De Las Cuevas was denied by Aragoneses and then the post.

The game was end to end and looked as if it could go either way, but Tenerife dominated the final half an hour or so and Roman's header was brilliantly saved by Juan Pablo after 57 minutes.

Five minutes later, Nino drilled a shot just wide as the visitors' pressure intensified.

So it was no surprise when the Canary Islanders finally took the lead with 20 minutes remaining, when Pablo Sicilia sent in an inviting cross and Roman fired low past Juan Pablo to give Tenerife the chance of a first away win of the season.

And it was confirmed as Gregory Arnolin failed to clear in the area and the ball fell to a grateful Alfaro, who made no mistake from close range to seal three precious points for Oltra's side.

Tenerife remain in 18th, but are now provisionally just two points behind Malaga and will hope results go their way tomorrow night.

And the win sees them stay ahead of Valladolid, who impressively beat Sevilla 2-1 in another of tonight's matches.

Scoring Summary

  • Sporting Gijon
  • Tenerife
(70') Román
(87') Alfaro

Match Stats

  • Sporting Gijon
  • Tenerife
12(5) Shots (on goal) 7(4)
16 Fouls 12
9 Corner kicks 9
4 Offsides 2
55% Time of Possession 45%
2 Yellow Cards 0
0 Red Cards 0
2 Saves 5


  • Sporting Gijon
  • Tenerife
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