Second division - day 10
Atlético Madrid moved a point clear at the top of the second division with a 1-2 victory at Numancia. Pacheta almost gave the home side the lead with a shot against the post, but soon afterwards Diego Alonso put the visitors into the lead from a Stankovic corner. Numancia were reduced to ten men a quarter of an hour from the end when Iñaki was given a direct red card, and Aguilera got Atlético's second a few minutes later. Andrés Armada got a consolation goal for the home side at the end to leave his side in the middle of the table.
Oviedo moved up to second place with a 0-2 victory at Recreativo. Both goals came in the second half, with Rubén heading the first and Oscar Pérez getting the second near the end. The Asturian side, who have only let in three goals in their ten games, go ahead of Xerez who lost 2-0 to Eibar. Ex Real Sociedad striker Aldeondo got the first goal for the Basque side and set up the second for Jorge Sánchez in a five minute period before the break.
Salamanca lost an opportunity to close up on the top spots when they were held to a 0-0 draw by Extremadura. They stay in sixth place, level with Recreativo and Albacete, who moved up the table after a narrow 1-0 victory over Murcia. Jesús Pereda headed the only goal of the game in the second half from a corner.
Bottom club Poli Ejido got their first victory of the season to send their opponents Badajoz down to last spot. A goal from Juan Jesús a quarter of an hour from the end was enough to give them a 0-1 victory against the side from Extremadura, who changed their owners and their manager during the week. Ejido move above Nástic, who came from behind to draw 1-1 at Sporting Gijon, with Herrero equalising an earlier goal from Villa. Levante are only a point above Ejido after drawing 1-1 with Racing Santander. Sierra got Racing's first away goal of the season early on, but Josemi equalised from the penalty spot, and the visitors ended the day with ten men after Juanma got himself sent off. (21.10.01)
Racing Ferrol lost out on the chance to go top of the table after losing at home 0-1 to Jaén. The only goal of the game came from a Chico header ten minutes in to the second half, and the result saves the head of their manager Francisco López, criticised by local fans after the Andalucian club had dropped to within a place of the relegation zone.
Burgos draw level with Ferrol on 17 points after drawing 0-0 away at Leganés. The only incident worthy of comment in the match was the sending off of local manager Cano, who was shown two yellow cards by the referee near the end.
Córdoba moved back up the table after a couple of disappointing results with a good 3-0 victory over Elche. Their first two goals came from Nigeria's Lawal, on loan from Atlético Madrid, with a third by Brazilian Whelliton near the end. Both teams ended the day in the middle of the table on 14 points. (20.10.01)