Second division - day 12
The second division's two revelation teams Racing Ferrol and Xerez cancelled each other out with a 2-2 draw in Gallicia. The visitors raced into a two goal lead with strikes from Pineda and Viqueira in a three minute period in the first half. However Ferrol came back with two goals from Burle after the break. Xerez stay in second place five points behind Atlético and two ahead of Oviedo, who lost their second game in a row, this time 1-0 to bottom club Badajoz. The only goal came from Pepín in the second half, giving new manager Carlos Alhinho his first victory and taking his side two places up the table above Nástic and Poli Ejido.
An injury time goal from Dani Pendín gave Burgos a 0-1 win at Salamanca, their first victory in six weeks. They move up into fourth place, level with Oviedo and a point ahead of Recreativo. Salamanca have not won themselves now in five games, and they drop to twelfth, level on points with Elche and Murcia, who drew 1-1. Nino gave the home side the lead with an individualist goal in the first half, with Loreto heading the equaliser after the half time interval.
Levante's new manager Pepe Balaguer failed to turn things around, losing 0-1 at home to Jaén in his first home match in charge. The Valencia side were the better team for most of the game, but Javi Peña in particular missed a couple of chances in the second half, and Pepelu gave the visitors the victory from the penalty spot after Setvalls brough down Sierra with a quarter of an hour to go. (04.11.01)
Atlético Madrid extended their lead at the top of the second division to six points pending Sunday's games with a 0-2 win at Córdoba. Aguilera gave them the lead in the sixth minute and Diego Alonso added the second after the break, his seventh goal of the season. Fourth placed Recreativo salvaged a point in the dying minutes against Racing Santander. Juanma headed the visitors into the lead with a quarter of an hour to go, but Mora handled in the area in the 89th minute, getting himself sent off for a second bookable offence. Oscar converted the spot kick and the match ended 1-1.
Albacete closed back up on the leaders with a 2-1 win over Poli Ejido. The home side took a two goal lead in the first half, with Toril scoring the first from a free kick which took a deflection off a defender and Pereda scrambling the second. However with new manager Castro Santos in charge for the first time, the visitors came back with a headed goal by Sergio Cruz, and they were unlucky not to save a point in the end as the home side relaxed. Albacete move above Eibar, whose good run came to an end with a 1-0 defeat at Leganés. The only goal came five minutes from the end through Oscar Fernández, taking the Madrid based side away from the drop zone and saving the skin of manager Ciriaco Cano, for the time being at least.
Sporting Gijon and Extremadura drew 1-1, a result which doesn't benefit either team. The Asturian side had a goal by David Pirri disallowed early on, but went ahead on the half hour mark when Villa finished off a pass from Lozano. However the referee awarded a controversial penalty a few minutes later for a non existent hand ball by Manuel, and Moreno made it all square with the spot kick. In the other match played on Saturday evening, Numancia and Gimnastic Tarragona played out a goal-less draw in the Pajaritos stadium. The home side were looking for their second victory in a row for the first time in three years, but although they hit the post through Ojeda in the first half and dominated the game, they were unable to beat an inspired Moso. (03.11.01)