Second division - day 2
Murcia are the surprise leaders of the second division after they recorded their second win in a row, defeating big-spending Getafe 2-0. David Vidal's low budget side were the only ones to record maximum points, and they are now two points clear of no less than eight teams tied on four. Loreto headed them into the lead with a quarter of an hour gone, and Isach added a second in injury time as Getafe came out pressing for the equaliser.
A table topping match too at Xerez, where early leaders Las Palmas and the local side played out an exciting 2-2 draw on Sunday lunchtime. The Canary Islanders two Brazilians combined with a quarter of an hour gone to open the scoring, Alvaro heading home Baiano's free kick, and after visiting keeper Nauzet saved a Zárate penalty, Rubén put the visitors further ahead. However Xerez came back with two goals in four minutes in the second half from substitute Deus and then Moreno, and could have won it when they hit the woodwork in the last minute. Baiano was sent off for a second bookable offence near the end.
The tie of the day though was probably in Valencia, where local side Levante defeated promotion favourites Zaragoza 3-2. With ex Real Madrid and Fiorentina star Mijatovic making his home debut a large crowd turned up, but they had to wait until the second half to see any goals. Amato gave them the lead soon after the restart, and Mijatovic set up Limones for a second two minutes later. Yordi pulled one back, deflecting Paco's shot into the net, but Jofre worked free inside the area to restore the two goal cushion. A late scrambled goal by Drulic was not enough, and Zaragoza are finding that life is not so easy at this level.
Newly promoted Terrassa joined the group on four points after defeating Poli Ejido 1-2, their first win of the season. Rubén López put them in front on the stroke of half time, and although David Prats levelled the scores with a good shot, Keko scored the winner from close up near the end. the match was played at Almería's stadium as Ejido's Santo Domingo ground is still being renovated.
Leganés recorded their first points of the season thanks to a 2-1 victory over Numancia. After a first half in which both keepers shone, Villa opened the scoring for the home side. Kome equalised for the visitors a few minutes later, but a beautifully struck free kick from Lawal ten minutes from the end gave the Madrid based side the win.
Eibar played out their second 0-0 draw of the season, this time away at Salamanca, and after three hours of league football their fans have yet to see a goal. As expected it was a dull game, with the visitors packing defence and looking to score on the breakaway.
The game between Sporting Gijon and Elche also ended goal-less, although it was a much more interesting fixture than the one above. Both sides created chances throughout the match, but were unable to beat the two keepers, Valencia for the Asturians and ex Atlético and Espanyol minder Toni for the visitors.
The last match of the day between Albacete and Badajoz kicked off late in the evening due to a local fiesta. The home side won 1-0 thanks to a spectacular flying volley from ex Valencia midfielder Libero Parri in the first half. (15.09.02)
Three games were brought forward to Saturday evening. Córdoba got revenge for their elimination from the cup by Almería with a 3-0 victory despite playing over half the match with ten men after Brazilian defender Sandro was sent off. Juanlu opened the scoring in the first half, and López Ramos and Marcos Márquez added two more to take them top of the table pending Sunday's matches.
The other two games ended with 1-1 draws, with Tenerife saving a point against Oviedo after Oli had given the Asturians the lead. Barata levelled the scores after the break, and the visitors ended the game with ten men after Idiakez picked up a second yellow card for diving only twenty minutes after making his debut as substitute for his new club.
The Gallician derby between Racing Ferrol and Compostela also ended 1-1, mainly thanks to a good performance by the visiting keeper Oliver. They did take the lead though when Iñigo put through his own net, but Pezzarossi followed up his brace in the cup with an equalising goal before the half time interval. (14.09.02)