Second division, day 5

Xerez hold on to top spot despite being held to a 1-1 draw by Valladolid on Sunday lunchtime. Camuñas gave the Andalusians an early lead, but De la Cuesta saved a point for the visitors late on. Albacete took advantage to move to within a point of Pepe Murcía's side with a 3-2 victory over Vecindario later in the day. Goals from Cámara, Biagini and Bakero gave them the three points after falling behind early on. And Málaga moved back up to fourth after a 1-3 win at Sporting Gijón, Salva, Silva and Calleja scoring after Congo had put the Asturians ahead.

Elsewhere Castilla made it two wins in a row after beating Numancia 0-1 with a first half strike from Mata. The other four games though ended all square, with Las Palmas throwing away a two goal lead to draw 2-2 with ten man Elche, and the matches Ciudad Murcia versus Ponferradina, Poli Ejido versus Lorca, and Castellón versus Almería all ended with 1-1 scorelines. (24.09.06)

Real Murcia moved up to second place pending Sunday's matches after beating Hércules 0-1 on Saturday evening. Pedro León got the only goal midway through the first half to give Lucas Alcaraz's side their first away win in almost a year. Alavés were unable to repeat their midweek cup victory over Tenerife, the Canary islanders holding them to a 0-0 draw in the Mendizorroza stadium. And Cádiz lost touch with the leaders after falling to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Salamanca, Braulio getting both goals as the newly promoted team moved up above their opponents to fourth. (23.09.06)