Second division, day 39
Nàstic are just one point away from reaching the first division for the first time in 56 years after beating Numancia 1-0 on Sunday evening. The Tarragona based side took the three points thanks to a second half strike from Diego Torres. Earlier in the day lat weekend's leaders Recreativo were held to a 2-2 draw by a Castellón side who ended with nine men, and they drop two points behind the Catalans. Uche put the Andalusians ahead twice, but Xavi Moré and then Jonan García levelled the scores to save a vital point for their side. Both Nàstic and Recre benefited from fifth placed Ciudad Murcia's 0-0 draw at Elche, and with third and fourth placed Levante and Lorca due to meet in the next to last match, either could go up next weekend.
Down near the bottom of the table, Lleida kept their hopes of salvation alive with a 2-1 win over Castilla. All the goals came in the first half, with Santos heading the locals in to the lead and Jurado replying before Bilic converted a penalty. Elsewhere Poli Ejido moved closer to safety with 1-0 win over Sporting Gijón. Vucko got the only goal in the dying minutes to take his side level in the table with the Asturians. And Albacete made sure of staying up after beating Xerez 2-0, a result which ended the Andalusians' hopes of promotion. (28.05.06)
Levante held on to third spot in the table after coming from behind to beat Valladolid 2-1 on Saturday evening. Víctor put the visitors ahead on the hour mark, but Ian Harte converted two hotly disputed penalties to give the Valencia based side the three points. For a few minutes Lorca had sneaked past them in the table however, their 1-0 win over already relegated Eibar earlier in the evening keeping up their hopes of promotion in their first season at this level. Maldonado got the only goal late on.
Málaga B are another side who were already relegated, but they recorded a 3-1 victory over Almería to move off bottom spot and virtually end their opponents' hopes of going up. Eibar and Málaga B will be joined by Racing Ferrol, who are also mathematically down after losing 2-3 to a Tenerife side who themselves were floundering just above the bottom four. Elsewhere Real Murcia virtually assured another season in the second division after winning 3-1 against Hércules, who themselves are still not sure of staying up. (27.05.06)