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A not-so-friendly friendly in the Canary Islands

Let’s take a break from things Villarreal to check out that other yellow team, in the Canaries. Never like to see “friendlies” that are anything but.

For some reason it’s contested over two legs. The first one, in Las Palmas, was won 1-0 by Tenerife, and after it the Las Palmas coaching staff criticized the physical play of their opponents and considered fielding a group of substitutes in the second leg to avoid injury.

They didn’t, but might wish they had. This leg also ended 1-0 (to Las Palmas), but this “Battle of the Canaries” boiled over on the hour mark, when a harsh tackle on Tenerife player Nono led to a straight red card for Arencibia and an all-out brawl.

Las Palmas finished with eight players, Tenerife with ten, and the trophy was decided on penalties, Tenerife winning 3-1. Whew.

I imagine Quique Setien can’t wait for the season to start after that—Las Palmas kicks off the season at the Mestalla on August 22.