Second division, day 29
With the season now just over two thirds of the way through, the fight for the three promotion spots is looking more and more like a four-horse race. Murcia moved two points clear at the top of the table after a 0-2 away win at Numancia in the last match of the weekend, and Albacete held on to second spot after drawing 1-1 at Las Palmas on Saturday night. Levante improved their chances with a good 0-2 win at Elche, and Zaragoza stayed a point behind them in fourth place after beating Getafe 3-1.
There is now a seven point gap with fifth spot, currently occupied by Xerez who beat Córdoba 1-0. Tenerife were beaten 2-1 by Badajoz and lose ground on the leaders, as do Poli Ejido who lost 2-0 away at Leganés. Sporting Gijon put their financial problems behind them for now and drew 1-1 with Salamanca, whose manager Jorge D'Alessandro could soon be on his way.
Down at the bottom, Racing Ferrol stay in last place after losing 2-1 at Terrassa. They have now gone 17 games without a win. Almería and Oviedo did themselves no favours with a 1-1 draw, and they both stay in the bottom four, together with Badajoz. Compostela are only just above Almería on goal difference after losing 2-1 at Eibar. (30.03.03)