Second division, week 39
Fourth and fifth placed sides Recreativo and Eibar cancelled each other out in a dull 0-0 draw on Sunday lunchtime, a result which means that Celta and Alavés could both be mathematically promoted if they win their games next weekend. The third promotion spot is not so clear though after Cádiz were also held to a scoreless draw by Ciudad Murcia later in the evening, and the Andalusians remain just three points ahead of the two chasing teams.
The fight to avoid relegation is even closer after this weekend's results, and only six points now separate the bottom six with three games to go. Pontevedra moved off the bottom of the table after beating local rivals Racing Ferrol 1-2, and Almería climb out of the relegation zone completely after a similar win at Nàstic. Almería's neighbours Poli Ejido are virtually safe after their 1-0 victory over Elche, but Salamanca are back in the bottom four after losing 1-2 to Valladolid. (29.05.05)
Celta are back on track for promotion after a 2-1 win over struggling Terrassa ended their run of three defeats in a row. It was not a comfortable victory though, a Juan Carlos penalty cancelling out Jesús Perera's earlier strike before Perera won it with his second of the night later on. The result takes the Galicians level at the top with Alavés, whose run of seven wins in a row also came to an end when they were held to a 1-1 draw by improving Córdoba. Rubén Navarro gave the Vitoria based side the lead in the first half, but Anderson equalised after the restart and the hosts were left with nine men after De Lucas and Bodipo were sent off. The point takes the Andalusians to within a point of safety pending Sunday's games.
Elsewhere Málaga B moved five points clear of the drop zone after coming back from a goal down to beat Tenerife 2-1, Paco Esteban and Iván Hernández getting the goals in a five minute period in the second half. Lleida virtually ensured they will be staying up after they held Sporting Gijón to a 1-1 draw, and there was a similar result between Real Murcia and Xerez, both of whom ended the day in mid-table. (28.05.05)