Second division - day 5
Terrassa missed out on the chance to join Xerez at the top of the table after drawing 1-1 at home to Levante on Sunday lunchtime. Keko gave the Catalans an early lead, heading home a cross from Juan Carlos, and had a second goal incorrectly disallowed for offside. The visitors were reduced to ten men in the second half when Mijatovic was shown a rigorous red card for a supposed retaliation, but with the game in injury time they levelled the scores when Félix connected with a Limones corner.
Murcia held on to third place after drawing 1-1 at Eibar. The antics of the two eccentric managers Blas Ziarreta and David Vidal were more interesting than the football in the first half, but things livened up after the break when Miguel put the Basques ahead with a shot in off the bar. The visitors equalised through Maciel though eight minutes later to maintain their unbeaten record.
Zaragoza have yet to get their promotion drive under way, and once again they were held to a 2-2 draw by Racing Ferrol despite taking the lead twice. Toledo had a goal disallowed before Drulic gave them the lead on the quarter hour mark. However Cuéllar equalised, following up after Lainez saved a Samir penalty, and the referee awarded two more penalties later on which Soriano and then David Pérez converted.
Elche did get their first win of the season though, 3-0 over Poli Ejido, to move out of the bottom four. All three goals came in the second half from Meca, Serrano and then Nino in the last minute to take them to within a point of their opponents.
Numancia beat struggling Salamanca thanks to a first half penalty from Patrick Suffo after the referee ruled that Kome had been fouled. The result leaves the visitors down just a place above the bottom four, and manager Balta could now be in trouble.
So too could Sporting Gijon manager Pepe Acebal after his side only drew 1-1 at home to Leganés. At least they got their first goal of the season, Manel scoring on the half hour mark to put them in front. Villa made it all square though before half time, and the home fans booed off their players in the end.
Badajoz are still managerless, but it seems to be doing them some good after they beat Córdoba 2-0. Both goals came from shots outside the area in the first half, with Nené getting the first and Molist topping his goal with an even better second. The visitors played all the second half with ten men after Sandro picked up two bookings before the break.
A last minute goal from Paunovic gave Tenerife a point at bottom club Almería. Juanlu had given the home side the lead just before half time, and the local fans were starting to celebrate their first victory of the season when the Yugoslav scored. (06.10.02)
An injury time goal by Calle gave Xerez a narrow 1-0 victory over Albacete which takes them top of the table pending Terrassa's game on Sunday. The visitors played almost three quarters of the match with ten men after their Argentine international keeper Roa was sent off after clashing with Pineda.
Two second half goals from Borja gave Getafe a 2-0 victory against Compostela. Craioveanu set up the young striker to beat Oliver after the break, and although the visitors had to chance to equalise when Maikel missed a penalty, Borja finished things off with a second goal three minutes before full time.
Las Palmas put their financial difficulties behind them to beat Oviedo 2-0 on Saturday night. Team captain Orlando poked home the first goal before the break after the defence failed to clear a cross in from the right, and Pedro Vega rattled home a late second from Rubén's pass. (05.10.02)