Second division, day 32
Nàstic made it thirteen games without defeat after beating Albacete 4-1 to stay level with Recreativo at the top of the table. Pinilla and Morales gave them an early lead, and although Parri pulled one back before the break, strikes from Ismael and Buades in the second half gave the Catalans a convincing victory. The two leaders opened up a five point gap over the rest, where six teams are battling it out for the third promotion spot. Numancia are the latest side to join the fray, and they are now only three points behind Almería after a 1-0 win over last week's fourth placed side Lorca. Montenegro struck the winner from a wide free kick near the end.
The fight to avoid relegation is also hotting up, with Tenerife inching out of the bottom four with a 2-2 draw against fellow strugglers Lleida. Marrero saved the Canary Islanders a point after the visitors had overturned their early lead. Hércules moved six points clear of the drop zone after beating Valladolid 2-0, a result which virtually takes Alfredo Merino's side out of the promotion race. Málaga B have little chance of staying up though after losing 1-3 to Elche, and they ended the weekend eight points away from safety. (09.04.06)
Recreativo consolidated their lead at the top after a 1-0 victory over Real Murcia on Sunday lunchtime. Uche got the only goal of the game midway through the first half. Third placed Almería were beaten 1-2 though by local rivals Poli Ejido, and they could be out of the promotion spots by the end of the weekend if Lorca win later in the day. Luna headed them in to the lead in the first minute, but an own goal by Carlos García and a strike by Toedtli after the break gave the visitors a much needed win. (09.04.06)
Xerez followed up their midweek win at Hércules with a 2-1 victory over bottom club Eibar, taking them up to fourth. Dani Pendín and Geijo got the goals in the first half, and although Azkoitia pulled one back the Basque side fell to another defeat which takes them closer to the drop. Levante lost ground on the leaders though after a 0-0 draw at neighbours Castellón, who remain in the relegation zone as a result.
Levante drop to sixth, and they have now been caught by Ciudad Murcia, who won 1-0 against Sporting Gijón to make it four victories in a row. Piti beat Roberto midway through the second half to wrap up the three points. Meanwhile Castilla move up to ninth with a 1-0 win over Racing Ferrol. The youngsters played all the second half with ten men after Soldado was sent off, but Jurado struck the winning goal after the restart. (08.04.06)