Second division, day 13
Zaragoza moved up to top spot for the first time this season after a 0-4 win at Badajoz. Yordi scored twice from the penalty spot, and home side keeper Baines was sent off in the first half. Second placed Levante were still missing the injured Mijatovic and could only draw 0-0 at Poli Ejido, who move up to fourth. Albacete stay third despite drawing 0-0 at home to local rivals Murcia. The two teams below them Xerez and Terrassa both lost at home to struggling sides, the former 0-1 to Compostela and the latter 0-2 to Almería. Elche, Getafe and Salamanca all won and move up to the top half of the table. (01.12.02)
It was not a happy weekend again for the Canary Island sides. Hard up Las Palmas left out captain Orlando after he reported the club to the players' association for non-payment of wages, and ended up losing 0-1 to Eibar. The only goal came just before the break from Garitano, who scored at the second attempt from Kortina's cross. The home side ended the game with ten men after Angel Sánchez was sent off, and they have now gone six games without a win. Eibar´s first away victory of the season takes them into the top half of the table.
Tenerife are also struggling this season, and they could only scrape a 1-1 result at Leganés. The Madrid based side took the lead with a Miguel Angel penalty in the tenth minute, and should have gone further ahead before Paunovic levelled the scores shortly before the break against the run of play. Visiting keeper Valerio saved from Villa early in the second half, and Tenerife held on for their ninth draw of the season despite having Corona sent off ten minutes from the end.
Players and staff at Sporting Gijon celebrated the fact that they had just collected two months' back wages with a 3-1 victory over Racing Ferrol. The hero of the night was Spanish under 21 international David Villa, who scored a hat-trick and was given a standing ovation as he was substituted at the end. Villa got the first just before half time from a cross by Pablo Alvarez, and although Cuéllar headed an equaliser soon after the restart, the Asturians came back with two Villa goals, the first a penalty and the second a well struck free kick, to take Sporting off the bottom of the table. (30.11.02)