Second division day 33
Sevilla increased their lead at the top of the table after beating Compostela 0-2. Michel opened the scoring in the first half after a mistake by the defence and Héctor added the second after the interval with a header from Fredi's free kick.
Meanwhile second placed Tenerife lost 1-0 to Córdoba thanks to a late goal by Melgar, leaving them now five points behind the leaders. (14.04.01)
Betis leap-frogged over Tenerife into second place four points behind their city rivals thanks to a last minute goal by Cuéllar against Salamanca. The visitors had taken the lead though Rogerio but Casas made it all square before the break. Quique Martín missed a penalty for the away side in the second half and Salamanca were left with ten men after Pinilla picked up a second yellow card. Atlético Madrid kept up their push for promotion, and they moved up a place to fourth after beating Extremadura 2-0. Salva got both goals in the second half, the second from the penalty spot, to take him to the top of the goalscorers' chart with seventeen.
Recreativo Huelva held on to their unbeaten home record by the skin of their teeth. A late goal by Bodipo gave them a 1-1 draw against Leganés after Makukula had given the Madrid based side the lead before the interval. Huelva lose ground though on the top sides, as do Albacete, who drew 0-0 at Levante. Both teams are on 53 points, two behind Atlético. The promotion race now appears to be between the top six after Sporting were beaten 3-1 by relegation candidates Getafe to drop four points behind the leading group. Two from Faizulín and another from Mariano Juan finished them off, with Manel replying for Sporting.
Getafe's victory takes them on to 32 points, one behind Elche who lost 0-1 at home to next to bottom club Universidad Las Palmas. The only goal came from an Alexis penalty, and Elche's second manager of the season, Jorge D'Alessandro, was fired after the match, with Marcial Pina taking over as caretaker. Racing Ferrol scraped a 1-1 draw with Murcia thanks to a late Ante Razov goal after Zárate had opened the scoring from the penalty spot. The point takes them ahead of Compostela on goal average, two points above Elche.
Bottom club Lleida were beaten 2-1 by Jaén, with Jurado scoring twice for the Andalucians and Renaldo replying for the Catalans. The four relegation spots appear to be between six clubs, with a five point gap to the next placed team Leganés. Jaén move up to a comfortable position midtable, level with Badajoz who beat Eibar 1-0. The two draw specialists appeared to be heading for another boring score-less game before Mauricio stole the victory with an injury time goal. (15.04.01)