Second division - day 13
Atlético Madrid extended their lead at the top of the table with a 4-0 victory over Elche on Wednesday night, their fifth win in a row. Fernando Torres got the first and Diego Alonso converted a penalty for the second on the stroke of half time, his eighth of the season. Dani and Correa added two more after the break to take their team on to 30 points, five clear of second placed Xerez who came from behind to beat Murcia 3-1. They left it late though, with three goals in the last ten minutes from Fali Montes, Pineda and Viqueira after Cuadrado had headed the visitors into the lead.
Recreativo moved up to third in the table with a 1-3 victory at Burgos. David opened the scoring on a counterattack and Raúl Molina added a second before Isailovoc pulled one back. However Epitié made sure of victory four minutes from the end. Recreativo's manager Lucas Alcaraz was given a red card by an overzealous referee. Oviedo dropped a place to fourth with a disappointing 0-0 draw at home to Numancia, their fourth scoreless draw of the season. Russian midfielder Onopko was sent off and the home fans booed their team at the end of the match.
One of the division's lowest scoring sides Eibar left everyone stunned with a 7-0 victory over Levante, one of the highest scores ever at this level. Garitano started it off with a goal in the first minute, with Sukia and Félix Guerrero getting a couple each and Oli putting through his own net with only an hour gone. Jorge Sánchez added the seventh near the end to take the Basque side up to sixth, a point behind Albacete, who beat next to bottom club Gimnastic Tarragona 0-1. Nastic had the best of the game but a José goal left them down and out, and angry fans called for the head of manager Nogues at the end.
Another manager in trouble was Extremadura's Ortuondo after his side lost the local derby 0-4 to Badajoz, a side who had only scored four goals in twelve games before this one. Oscar Sánchez headed the visitors in to the lead just before half time, and Jorge Zafra, Molist and Bracamonte rubbed it in during the second half. Badajoz have recently changed their manager, Carlos Alhinho taking over just three games ago, and their second win in a row takes them over Levante to nineteenth place, within a point of their rivals. Poli Ejido stay bottom, although they draw level with Nastic after drawing 1-1 at home to their Andalucian neighbours Córdoba in the only match played on Tuesday night. Whelliton gave them the lead in the tenth minute, but Sergio Cruz made it all square later in the half.
Two of the league's bigger sides finally came good after bad starts to the season. Racing Santander got their third win in a row under caretaker manager Quique Setien, beating Sporting Gijon 2-1. Juanma headed them in to the lead, and although Uruguayan international Regueiro was sent off ten minutes before half time after picking up a second yellow card for diving, Bodipo increased their lead after the break. Alberto pulled one back for the Asturians, but too late to make a difference. Racing move on to 18 points, level with Salamanca, who beat Jaén 0-1 for their first win in six weeks. Makukula, who is being watched by several big clubs, scored the only goal of the game to take them above their opponents on goal average. Racing Ferrol, who play Leganés tomorrow, are also on 18 points. (07.11.01)