Second division, week 37
Only three points separate the top five sides after Sunday's games, and it is anybody's guess right now who will occupy the three promotion spots at the end of the season. Levante moved back to the top of the table after beating Salamanca 0-1, Reggi getting the only goal of the game in the second half. They lead Numancia by two points after the Soria based side were held to a 1-1 draw by Almería. Alavés stay in third place, level on points with Numancia, after beating struggling Rayo Vallecano 3-0 earlier in the day, and Sporting Gijon are a point behind them after a 4-1 win over Ciudad Murcia, level with Getafe who played the day before.
The fight to avoid relegation is also going to be tight, and there are only five points between tenth placed Tenerife and Poli Ejido, who are currently nineteenth. Tenerife came from behind to draw 1-1 with Eibar, Keko getting the goal late on. Córdoba are back in trouble after losing 1-2 to Andalucian rivals Xerez, and they are only ahead of Ejido and Leganés thanks to a better goal average. Rayo Vallecano and Las Palmas are both four points adrift though, and bottom club Algeciras could be mathematically down next week despite beating Terrassa 2-1 this weekend. (16.05.04)
With the top four all playing on Sunday, Getafe took advantage to move up into the promotion spots after beating Elche 3-1. Two goals from Pachón helped the Madrid based side come back from a goal down against their opponents, who fired manager Oscar Ruggeri after the match as a result. With five games to go Recreativo Huelva kept their hopes of promotion alive with a 1-0 win over Poli Ejido. Uche got the only goal to send their rivals down into the bottom four. Cádiz stayed a point behind Recre after a 4-1 victory over struggling Las Palmas, all four of the home side's goals coming in the second half after the Canary Islanders had taken the lead. Las Palmas are now further away from safety after Leganés picked up a point in a dull 0-0 draw against Málaga B. (15.05.04)