Girona ascends to First assaulting the field of Tenerife

Girona will know the name of its first rival in the League on Thursday. It will not be the Alcorcón or the Amorebieta, to cite two examples. They can be Real Madrid or Athletic, the closest geographical references. The derbies will return with Barça and Espanyol and Real Sociedad A will appear in Anoeta, not B. Finally.

Girona finally returns to the First Division. Finally the drama of the second is over, the curses of the fucking promotions. The red-and-white team returns to the highest category, finally smiling in the Canary Islands with the hint of fortune that was so insistently denied to them, I don’t know by whom or why. Michel He has known how to exorcise the demons of the team, which managed to spend five days in a relegation position, to the point of annihilating the curse that devoured his predecessors.

The team’s stronghold lit the way back. The historical goalscorer of the club. The deadliest finisher in the category. The top scorer in the league added one more digit to certify his ability. Like in Eibar. Decisive in the semi-final and decisive in the final, Christian Stuaniat 36, did not want to say goodbye to this (football) world on another platform other than the First Division, which is where he should have always stayed.

The guide was followed by the others, from a motivated Samu Saiz, who came on as a substitute, until Alex Baena, seconds after being reprimanded by the captain after seeing a yellow, and ending with Arnauwho tore off the feeling of guilt by scoring 1-3 after being surprised by Charles Ruiz in Tenerife’s draw.

They played the same as the previous week. The best of the squad, according to each coach, in the culminating event of the season. And the same tactical approach and the same attitudinal approach. Tenerife came out with the spirit of the first leg: in Girona they wanted to protect the tie for the second leg and at home it was worth not losing.

Forced to propose, needing at least one goal, Michel’s eleven wanted to command the game. He did not disdain the concession measure of the canaries, taking over the home of the canaries. Speculation led to suffering and the punishment of trailing the marker when Stuani converted the penalty.

Until then, the danger had only lurked around Soriano’s area, with an indirect foul that Bueno did not get to and a great shot by Samu Saiz a minute before Juanpe’s shot, already with a large bump on his forehead, which hit the hand of Sergio Gonzalez. Saiz had entered through Ivan Martin, injured by a hard entry by Alex Corredera from behind and who left the field tearful, between physical and mental pain.

Stuani’s goal brought about the transformation that could be expected. It was almost instantaneous, despite the fact that there were three minutes left before the break, which was nine due to the breaks in the injuries and a VAR review of a Tenerife penalty claim. It was a first symptom of despair.

With the 0-1 was forced to tighten the chicharrero box and Girona backed down, following the impulse of logic. This is how the duel would go in the second half if Michel failed to prevent it.

He couldn’t because Tenerife came out to press immediately for the goal that reassured them. To them and to aficionados. In the midst of a rain of crosses, Carlos Ruiz slipped through Arnau’s back to head a past cross. Girona came out comfortably from behind before and after the tie, because it was suicide to lock themselves up behind. In one of those outings came Álex Baena’s goal, still outraged by Stuani’s anger after seeing a yellow card for not repressing his anger. And in another appearance as surprising as he had suffered, Arnau slipped in to finish off a distant free kick that brought Girona closer to the glory of the First Division.


Tenerife: Soriano (4); Moore (5), Sergio González (5), José León (5), Mellot (4); Mollejo (6), Sanz (6), Corredera (6), Bermejo (4); Enric Gallego (4), Mario González (5).

Coach: Luis Miguel Ramis (4).

Changes: Ruiz (7) by S. González (m. 46); Ely (5) by Bermejo (d. 64); Shahoua (5) by M. González (d. 64); Muñoz (sc) by Mellot (d. 78); Martín (sc) by Corredera (d. 81).

Girona: Juan Carlos (7); Bueno (7), Bernardo (7), Juanpe (8); Arnau (7), Lozano (6), Valery (6); I. Martín (sc), Aleix (7); Baena (7), Stuani (8).

Coach: Michel Sanchez (8).

Substitutions: Saiz (7) for I. Martín (m. 17); V. Sánchez (sc) by Saiz (d. 85); Nahuel (sc) by Stuani (d. 85); Terrats (sc) by Baena (d. 91); Jairo () by Arnau (d. 91); .

Goals: 0-1 (m. 42), Stuani (p); 1-1 (m. 59), Ruiz; 1-2 (m. 68), José León (pp.), 1-3 (m. 80), Arnau.

Referee: Archdeacon Monescillo (7), cast from La Mancha.

Cards:: Corredera (m. 13), Gallego (m. 31), Juanpe (m. 32), S. González (m. 41), Baena (m. 68), Saiz (m. 81). Aleix (d. 90), V. Sánchez (d. 97).

Estadio: Heliodoro Rodriguez.

Spectators: 22.083.



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