Week 30 got off to an explosive start on Friday night in Santa Cruz as 12th placed Tenerife welcomed sixth placed Real Oviedo to the Estadio Heliodoro Rodríguez Lopéz.
That is as far as the hospitality extended though, as the hosts carved apart los Oviedistas in clinical fashion with sumptuous attacking play and three quality finishes.
Joseba Exteberria’s men had lost only once at home this campaign coming into the fixture and looked very comfortable from the beginning. They were ahead after 18 minutes with a breath-taking goal from Samuele Longo. Álex Mula drove a pin-point ball from deep on the right flank into the box, which Longo controlled on his chest before snapping round to fire a left foot dart past the outstretched Alfonso Hererro for his twelfth of the season.
Mula then turned goalscorer six minutes before the half as Longo held the ball up outside the penalty arc and, although he lost his footing under pressure from the defence, the ball fell kindly to the midfielder who hammered a right foot shot into the top right corner, leaving Hererro flatfooted as he watched it sail past him.
After the break, the hosts continued to press. Mula sent a cross in from the right finding Alfredo and the defender’s deft chip dropped narrowly over the bar.
Against the run of play, Real Oviedo pulled a goal back on 64 minutes. From Saul Berjon’s freekick delivery on the right, Juan Forlín stole in between two defenders and his glancing header nestled inside the far post to give the visitors a lifeline.
However, this was as close as they came and, less than ten minutes later, the impressive Mula had restored his side’s two goal advantage. Tenerife mounted a quick break and Bryan Acosta strode forward. Noticing Mula’s lung-bursting run in support of him, he cleverly threaded a pass into the feet of the midfielder who lifted the ball neatly over the on-rushing Hererro and found the back of the net for a deserved third.
Tenerife stay in 12th spot, while Real Oviedo slip out of the final playoff berth and drop two places to eighth in the table having gone without a win in five outings.