Second division, day 9

Almería beat Levante 1-0 to leapfrog over them and take second spot behind Numancia. Francisco got the only goal near the end. Cádiz though lost their first game at home, 1-2 to Leganés, and drop out of the top three, and Alavés moved up to fifth after a last minute own goal gave them a 1-0 win over Córdoba.

Mixed fortunes for the Canary Island sides, with a second minute strike from Rubén giving Las Palmas a 0-1 win at Málaga B, but a second half penalty from Poli Ejido handing Tenerife a 0-1 defeat. Sporting moved up to the top half of the table with a 3-0 win over Xerez, and Getafe and Salamanca played out a 1-1 draw in the other match on Sunday. (26.10.03)

Numancia moved to the top of the table pending Sunday's games with a 2-0 win over Elche on Saturday night. Fagiani and Miguel Pérez got the goals in the second half. Eibar moved up to fifth after coming from behind to beat bottom club Terrassa 3-1, and Algeciras saved a point with two goals in the last four minutes in a 2-2 draw with Recreativo. (25.10.03)

Ciudad de Murcia beat Rayo Vallecano 2-1 in a match brought forward to Friday night in view of Real Murcia's match in the same stadium later in the weekend. All three goals came in the second half after Rayo's Pablo Sanz was sent off, with the locals opening the scoring when Güiza headed Manel's cross past Etxeberría on the hour mark. Aguilar got a second from a Camuñas pass before Idiakez scored a late consolation goal for the visitors. This was Ciudad's first home win since winning promotion to the second division A, and leaves Rayo manager Julen Lopetegui's job hanging on a thread. (24.10.03)

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