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Girona silence Tenerife and will play in the First Division next season

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Girona silence Tenerife and play their third season in the First Division next year. Míchel’s team managed to overcome the hostile environment caused by the more than 22,083 fans that filled the Heliodoro Rodríguez López Santacrucero and the intensity shown by the team shown by Luis Miguel Ramis on the field. The final score of 1-3 reflects dominance in a game they controlled despite the stands’ efforts to elevate their team.

Up until this Sunday, there was something of a curse on Girona in the leagues for promotion to the First Division, he reported Juan Irigoyen. Every time he’d played a tie to climb into the elite of Spanish football – his only promotion coming straight back in 2017 – the desire remained. It happened to him in 2013, 2016, 2020 and 2021. This is the third straight playoff final he has played. And from what they said at the Catalan club, it was the one they reached with the lowest expectations. Girona has slashed its budget since it fell in 2018 and while awaiting a capital injection from its owners, it has pulled out of the quarry this season (last season it was the turn of Ramón Terrats, Arnau Martínez and Ibrahima Kebe). and this year that of Óscar Ureña and Gabriel Martínez), Stuani’s goalscoring and Michel’s scoring.

Although Girona has always remained loyal to its sporting director Quique Cárcel, he found in Michel what he had long been looking for. After the successful stage of Pablo Machín (he was promoted in 2017 and kept it in the 2017-2018 season), the Rojiblanco team tried Eusebio in the 2018-2019 season. The Valladolid manager has a profile closer to what the property is looking for, City Group. But Eusebio’s stage ended with the descent. Juan Carlos Unzue, Juan Carlos Moreno, José Luis Martí and Francisco existed until Michel took over the bench from Montilivi in ​​July 2021.

Tenerife came out confident in their chances and solid in the defensive solidity that established them as the second-best defense in regular league (37 goals conceded) and conceded just one in three league games. It’s a team forged by Luis Miguel Ramis from Tarragona, who instilled a collective fighting spirit in his players.

And so Girona managed to overcome the noisy euphoria and carnival atmosphere of the stands on a hot Sunday in Santa Cruz in the first few moments. It didn’t take long for Míchel’s side to take control of the game, largely due to the frequent touches down the right flank in Arnau’s boots. The people of Tenerife did not stretch until the first drinking break, which bordered on half an hour, with two consecutive arrivals from Mario González and a shot with the hand of Enric Gallego.

Just when the locals were putting the most pressure on, two back-to-back smashes by the visiting side changed the course of the game. The first, a shot by Samu Sáiz, was blocked by local goalkeeper Juan Soriano; the second, a shot by Juanpe from the edge of the area, was saved with an arm by Sergio González. Silence in the Heliodoro and penalty confirmed by VAR. Stuani, the Girona captain and idol, was responsible for putting the ball to the right side of goal and sending the teams with the tiniest Catalan advantage to rest.

Driven by an ever-louder grandstand that didn’t want to give up their belief in promotion, Tenerife returned to the field infected. This time it was Girona who didn’t have the ball at their feet. The Blue and Whites regained the intensity they had shown for much of the season, with constant threats from Carlos Ruiz, Gallego and captain Aitor Sanz. Until the island’s delirium set in with Carlos Ruiz’s header in the center of Alexandre in the 58th minute.

The carnival was then installed in the stands with a tete who, after the resumption, became the owner and lord of the assembly. And as the local side became more established, a seemingly harmless run down the right side of Alex B. touched José León’s chest, catching Juan Soriano off his foot and silencing a crowd for the second time, who responded by shooting down water bottles and receiving a warning received from the authorities. Minute 68 and the locals had to row again. There was no time for another storm like at the beginning of the second half. In the 79th minute, another run by Arnau down the right wing and the visitors’ third goal finally silenced the stands.

Then the race against the clock began for Ramis’ team, this time without the clarity and faith of the first moments of the recovery and with a Girona reclaiming the ball and calming down with continuous losses of time. Until the referee gave regular playing time for the last six minutes.

Club Deportivo Tenerife is again on the verge of promotion like they did against Getafe in 2017 and will not play their 14th season at the top. His last appearance in the Honorary Division was in the 2009/2010 season. Precisely this promotion was confirmed on the penultimate day with a win against Girona, which allowed him to confirm the lead in the category. At that time, however, the team hardly stayed at the top for a season. The sporting crisis worsened the following season with relegation again resulting in him playing in the second division B for two seasons. Ramis’ team will return to the attack next year, spurred on by a crowd who resisted leaving the Heliodoro this Sunday.

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