...And then there were four.
Ponferradina, Cádiz, Lugo & Tenerife have reached the Segunda B play-off
finals where the winners from the two ties will join Real Madrid Castilla &
Mirandés in La Segunda.
Ponferradina eased into the
finals at the expense Lucena, but the 3-0 scoreline makes their path appear a
little easier than it was in reality. Yuri gave the home side the lead on 10
minutes thanks to a neat turn and sharp shot from the edge of the penalty area.
Acorán doubled Ponferradina’s lead on 53 minutes with a cross shot following a
swift break from halfway. Lucena pushed for a goal that would take the tie into
extra-time, but Quintana in the Ponferradina goal produce two excellent saves
to keep the home side ahead. With the game in the 5th minute of
added time, and Lucena camped in Ponferradina’s penalty area, the home side
broke away and Didac ran in the third goal to seal the win and break Lucena’s
Cádiz and Albacete could not be
separated after 210 minutes of stalemate. The tie was therefore settled on penalties
with Cádiz edging through by four kicks to three. Albacete missed their first
and third penalties after Nunez shot wide and Victor Curto hit the post, whilst
Murillo missed Cádiz’s second spot kick. This left Yuste with the
responsibility of winning the tie for the Andaluzs, and he made no mistake with
a confident shot into the top left hand corner of the goal. You can view the penalty shoot-out here.
Lugo took a 3-1 lead into their
second leg away to Atlético Baleares, but have their goalkeeper Diego Rivas to
thank for a goalless draw in Palma de Mallorca. Rivas produced a string of
saves to frustrate Atlético and a crowd of over 12,000 locals that had gathered
at the Estadio Balear. Lugo offered little in the way of offense, having done
all their attacking damage in the first hour of the first leg. Lugo now progress
to the final, having conceded just one goal in over 6 hours of play-off
Tenerife made hard work of their second
leg tie with Real Balompédica Linense. Taking a 1-0 lead into the tie, Tenerife
increased their advantage in the second minute thanks to Kike’s close range
finish. David Hernandez scored for Linense on 16 minutes, before Victor Bravo
restored the islanders two goal advantage on 39 minutes. Hernandez got his and
Linense’s second of the match with a glancing header just before half-time. The
visitors lost Muñoz for a second bookable offence on 63 minutes, but pushed Tenerife
hard, knowing that another goal would take them through on the away goals rule.
Linense were denied a penalty with two minutes to go after Copi appeared to
have been pushed, but Tenerife immediately broke forward and sealed the tie
when Kike rounded the keeper to score from a tight angle. Both Hernandez &
Copi received straight red cards before the game could restart for vehemently
disputing the non-award of the penalty.
Lugo will now face Cádiz and
Ponferradina will play Tenerife over two legs, the winners of each tie joining
Real Madrid Castilla & CD Mirandés in the second division. Speaking of
which, Mirandés and Castilla met on Saturday evening in the second leg of the
fairly pointless tie to establish the supreme champion of Segunda B. Castilla
held a three goal advantage from the first leg and quickly added to their lead
thanks to Morata’s sharp turn and shot. Castilla’s top scorer Joselu tapped in
a second on 41 minutes and got his second of the game from the penalty spot on
A detailed report on the first legs of the final will be posted this time next week.
Labels: End of Season Play-offs