Bernardo Espinosa returns to the First Division. The Colombian defender and Girona were promoted to LaLiga Santander after beating Tenerife 1-3 in the second leg of the playoff final at Heliodoro Rodríguez López Stadium. The first leg, at the Municipal Stadium Montilivi, had ended in a goalless draw.
The 32-year-old central defender from Valle del Cauca was a starter in Miguel Ángel Sánchez Muñoz’s teamwhat before the end of the first half he managed to open the scoring from the penalty spot after a handball by Sergio González inside the box. Forward Christian Stuani asked for the ball and charged the right post of goalkeeper Juan Soriano who did not guess the trajectory and launched himself to the opposite side.
At minute 58 came the tie for Tenerife. Álex Corredera sent a cross to the right from three quarters of the field and assisted Carlos Ruiz Aránega who received at the second post and with a header that managed to graze Juan Carlos Martínmatched the commitment and gave hope to the local team.
10 minutes later, Girona managed to go up again. After a counterattack that started in midfield, Alejandro Baena Rodríguez received the ball from the right, He reached the bottom line and sent a center that hit the rival defender José León Bernal, who ended up scoring at his own door, leaving goalkeeper Juan Soriano without a chance.
The Catalans sentenced the game with five minutes to go by the end of the match, taking advantage of the still ball. Aleix García Serrano took a free kick down the left flank and assisted Arnau Martínez, who left his mark behind and with a cross volley shot sealed Girona’s promotion to the First Division.
This season, Bernardo Espinosa played 43 games, all as a starter, and scored 3 goals. The Colombian defender will play LaLiga Santander again after two years and this will be his seventh season in the first division in what will be his fifth year at Girona.
Samu Sáiz (17′, Ivan Martin), Charles Ruiz (45 ‘, Sergio González), Samuel Shashoua (64′, Mario Gonzalez), Elady (64′, Alex Bermejo), Álex Muñoz (77′, Jeremy Mellot), Andres Martin (81′, Alex Corredera), Victor Sanchez (83 ‘, Samu Sáiz), Nahuel Bustos (84′, Cristhian Stuani), Jairus Left (90 ‘, Arnau Martinez), Ramón Terrats (90′, Alex Baena)
0-1, 41′: Stuani1-1, 58′: Charles Ruiz1-2, 67′: León1-3, 79′: Arnau Martinez
Referee: Damaso Archediano Monescillo
VAR Referee: Daniel Ocón Arraiz, Rafael Sánchez López
Alex Corredera (12′, Yellow) Enric Gallego (30′, Yellow) Juanpe (31′, Yellow) Sergio González (40′, Yellow) Alex Baena (67′, Yellow) Samuel Saiz (80′, Yellow) Pablo Moreno (81′, Yellow) Aleix García (89′, Yellow) Victor Sanchez (97′, Yellow)