Shaq Moore made a second straight start for Tenerife while Samuel Shashoua was a late substitute on Monday night in their narrow one-goal loss to visiting UD Almeria in La Liga 2 action.
CD Tenerife 0 – 1 UD Almeria
Moore was handed a spot on the right side of the defense for the second game running, opposite of left-back Jeremy Mellot, who has supplanted him for much of the season.
The seemingly forgotten USMNT defender put in a generally solid and active performance, having 66 total ball contacts, completing 73% of his 37 pass attempts, setting up his teammates for near-misses on two occasions, and winning most of his duels on the ball against the opposition.
Moore nearly provided the opening goal for the hosts after seven minutes, sending in a long ball from deep in the right flank which Mario González headed on-target. However, the Almeria keeper Fernando Martinez made an excellent save.
The game stayed scoreless for the remainder of the first half and into the early stages of the second, until a questionable penalty call handed the visitors the win.
Aitor Sanz became tangled with Almeria center forward Umar Sadiq at the edge of the six-yard box as both tried to track a cross into the area. While the referee immediately pointed to the spot, the question of which player fouled the other was highly debatable, with Tenerife players and coaches complaining heavily in post-game interviews.
Despite the questionable call, Largie Ramazani stepped up to the spot, and coolly fired to the left side after fooling Tenerife keeper Juan Soriano with a short stutter on his approach.
Moments later, Moore once again set up González for a narrow miss to the left, then in the 63rd minute González came even closer when he headed a Mellot cross dead center, forcing Martinez into a low, stooping save.
Shashoua entered the game with 13 minutes in regulation in place of Alex Bermejo, and forced Martinez into yet another save with a shot from distance.
Despite the pressure, Almeria held on to steal the three points on the road.
The result is a tough one for Tenerife, as it now leaves them seven points out of the automatic promotion spots, although with ten games still left to play. Moore and his teammates will play through the international break, next visiting 12th-place Burgos on Sunday.