Shaq Moore was the only American to see any significant playing time in Spain in Tenerife’s disappointing draw, while Sergiño Dest watched from the bench as Barcelona continued their pedestrian descent into obscurity.
CD Tenerife 1 – 1 CD Lugo
Shaq Moore was back in Tenerife’s starting lineup, playing the first 71 minutes on the right side of the defense as the team threw away a victory by conceding a late penalty against visiting CD Lugo.
An exciting opening phase saw Moore almost set up an opener in the 14th minute with a long cross from the right flank to the far post, but the header from Elady Zorilla was saved with a diving effort from Lugo keeper Oscar Whalley.
Elady did manage to put his team ahead with seven minutes remaining in the first half, fighting to gain possession of a short lateral pass from Samuel Shashoua, and beating the last defender to nail a low shot to the lower right corner for the 1-0 lead.
Tenerife were forced to make an early switch, when left back Alex Munoz went down with a leg injury, forcing substitute Carlos Pomares into the game in his place.
Moore was subbed out in the 71st minute in favor of usual starter Jeremy Mellot, as head coach Luis Miguel Ramis sought to lock down the win. However, it was his earlier defensive substitute Pomares, who would end up costing the team points in the end.
The 29 year-old defender made a poor tackle on Lugo winger Gerard Valentín as he entered the area, leading to a penalty awarded to the visitors. Following a short confirmation of the call via VAR, José Ángel Carrillo stepped up and buried his shot right down the middle, securing the point.
Tenerife finish the weekend in fourth place in La Liga 2, with their next outing a tough midweek Copa del Rey matchup against current division second-place team Eibar.
Matthew Hoppe is still recovering from an injury and was not in uniform on Friday evening for Mallorca’s scoreless draw at home against Celta Vigo.
Yunus Musah was a garbage-time substitute for Valencia on Saturday evening, helping the team to lock down their 2-1 home win over Elche. Los murciélagos finish the weekend in seventh place with the win, and are back in action on Wednesday with a Copa del Rey visit to CD Arenteiro O Carballino.
Matt Miazga is quarantined due to a positive SARS-CoV-2 test, and was unavailable when Alaves came back for a 1-1 home draw against visiting Getafe. It’s currently unclear as to whether he will be back for their Wednesday visit to Linares Deportivo in the Copa del Rey.
Sergiño Dest was an unused substitute for Barcelona, as they continued to spoil Xavi’s triumphant return to the team as coach, giving up an equalizer at the last second to their hosts Osasuna on Sunday night in a 2-2 draw. Barcelona finish the round in eighth place, well off the pace for Champions League qualification.