Second division, week 26

Sporting Gijon stay three points clear at the top of the table despite a 4-1 defeat at the hands of Córdoba. Nico Olivera's first half penalty ended keeper Roberto's 830 minute run without letting in a goal, and the Asturians ended the match with nine men after two players were sent off. Earlier in the day second placed Levante failed to take advantage when they were held to a 0-0 draw by Ciudad Murcia, and fourth and fifth placed sides Alavés and Getafe were unable to play their game due to the heavy snowfall in the North of Spain this weekend.

Rayo Vallecano climbed out of the relegation zone with a 2-0 victory over Cádiz, their second win in a row under new manager Txetxu Rojo. Biagini and Azkoitia got the goals late in the first half. Rayo's place in the bottom four was taken by Leganés, who lost 2-1 at Poli Ejido. The bottom two, Algeciras and Málaga B, did themselves no favours with a 0-0 draw, local striker Armentano missing a twice taken penalty. (29.02.04)

Numancia consolidated their third spot in the league with a 0-1 win at Xerez, their second victory in a row. The only goal came from an Antonio header late in the first half. Eibar lost ground on the leading group after they were beaten 1-0 by a Las Palmas side who move up safely to midtable after their third win in four games. A 1-0 scoreline as well between Recreativo and Almería, where a late Raúl Molina goal saved the locals from yet another goal-less draw. The other two games on Saturday evening ended all square, Salamanca and Tenerife drawing 2-2 after the lead changed hands twice and Terrassa and Elche finishing 1-1. (28.02.04)

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