Neither side could find the net after than three and a half hours football so the match had to be decided on penalties. The visitors did not miss a strike whilst Echedey and the Lanzarote captain Rosmen failed to find the net and in front of nearly 3000 fans U.D. Lanzarote´s dream of returning back to Segunda B (League 1) football ended.
The last time the Rojillos were involved in a competitive penalty shoot out was way back in the 1999/00 season against Primera Liga side Getafe in the Copa Del Rey. The match ended 1-1 after 120 mins of football but it was the Madrid side that progressed to the next round.
Many locals were expecting a Lanzarote win but the team from the Castiila- La Mancha region of Spain have had a wonder season winning five of their last six league games whilst drawing the other. On the final day of the season they had to win their match and rely on other teams losing. Luck was on their side so they came into these two matches brimming with confidence.
The first half was even with the visitors having the first strike at goal that flew high over the bar of goalkeeper Agoney. In the 25th minute a super surging run by Rosmen from the left wing completely undone the Manzanera defence and his low cross caused problems as goalkeeper Rodri could only get his fingertips to the ball leaving the ball exposed on the centre of the six yard box but unfortunately for Lanzarote it fell between strikers Mauri and Toñito and eventually was cleared to safety.
Shortly afterwards it was the mainland club who came close as striker Raúl Castillo struck low from 10 yards only to see his shot miss the post by a whisker.
As the sides went into the half time break with the game goalless the sun intensified and without a cloud in the sky temperatures easily topped 30 degrees.
Just six minutes into the second period and a free kick for the visitors was swept in from the right wing which found the head of defender Edu Olivares. From some distance his header powered off the woodwork to the relief of the Lanzarote supporters. From now on it was the Rojillos who dominated the match but were met with a superbly organised and hearty defence.
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