Second division, week 21

Sporting Gijon drew 0-0 at Málaga B on Monday night despite playing half the match with ten men. With the season at the midway point, the Asturians move back above Levante to the top of the table thanks to a higher number of goals scored. (26.01.04)

The fight for the third promotion spot is hotting up, and Numancia's 2-0 defeat at the hands of Recreativo on Sunday means that only two points separate five teams. Eibar joined the promotion race again after beating Basque neighbours Alavés 0-2, and the two sides are now level on points with fourth placed Cádiz. Last week's leaders

A roller coaster down at the bottom of the table as well, where a couple of wins or defeats can take sides in and out of the relegation struggle. Bottom club Algeciras recorded their second win in a row, this time 2-0 against Ciudad Murcia, and they are now only five points away from safety. Poli Ejido drop back into the bottom four though after a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Xerez, who rise up five places.

Two goals from Enría helped Leganés to a much needed 1-3 win at Córdoba, and they too move up the table as a result. Their future is still unclear though after their financial backer dropped out. Salamanca moved back into the top half of the table with a 3-0 win over Elche, who themselves are now in the lower part of the classification. (25.01.04)

Levante moved to the top of the table pending Sunday's games with a 2-1 win over Terrassa. All three goals came in the first half, but local keeper Mora saved a penalty after the break to maintain the win. Cádiz moved to within a point of the top three with a 1-2 victory at Almería. The home side's new signing Benítez put them in front, but the visitors came back to leave local manager Casuco in trouble after ten games without a win.

Mixed results for the Canary Island sides, with Las Palmas climbing out of the relegation spots after a last minute Rubén penalty gave them a 1-0 win over Rayo Vallecano. Tenerife sink further in to the bottom four though after losing 1-0 to a Getafe side who finished with nine men. Michel scored the winner from the penalty spot not long after his keeper Aragoneses saved one at the other end. (24.01.04)

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