Second division, week 29
One point now separates the top three after Sunday's results. Leaders Sporting Gijon were beaten 1-2 by third placed Levante in their lunchtime match, Rivera getting two for the visitors, the first from the penalty spot, before Bouza pulled one back. Numancia took advantage later in the day to move above the Asturians on goal average after a goal from Carlos Merino gave them a 1-0 win over Rayo Vallecano. Txetxu Rojo's side drop to next to bottom place as a result.
Alavés lose ground on the top three after they were held to a 1-1 draw by Recreativo, although it could have been worse if Kiko had not equalised with virtually the last kick of the match. The Vitoria based side play fourth placed Getafe midweek in a match postponed from week 26, and if they don't win that one they could be waving goodbye to promotion. Meanwhile Cádiz kept their slim hopes alive with a 2-1 win over neighbours Algeciras, who are now eleven points adrift at the bottom.
Many changes down in the bottom half of the table, where only three points separate ten teams. Tenerife climbed out of the bottom four with a 2-1 win over Xerez, leaving their Canary Island rivals Las Palmas down in their place. Leganés also moved away from the danger zone with a 2-0 win over Elche, and Ciudad Murcia and Terrassa both inched up the table after a 2-2 draw. (21.03.04)
Fourth placed Getafe kept up their push for the promotion spots with a 1-0 win over Córdoba on Saturday evening. They move three points clear of sixth placed Eibar, who were held at home to a 0-0 draw by Poli Ejido. Meanwhile Ejido's neighbours Almería were recording their first win in 18 games after beating Las Palmas 3-0. They climb out of the relegation spots for 24 hours at least, distancing themselves from Málaga B, who threw away a two goal lead and ended up drawing 2-2 against Salamanca. (20.03.04)