Second division, day 7

Xerez are clear at the top of the table once again after beating Ponferradina 3-1. Arruabarrena scored twice and Pedro Ríos got one in between to take the Andalusians two points above Real Murcia, who were held to a 0-0 draw at Albacete later on Sunday evening. Ciudad Murcia join their city neighbours in the promotion spots after beating last week's fourth placed side Málaga 2-0, Gibanel and Luque getting the goals for the home team in the first half hour of the match.

Salamanca missed out on a chance of moving up in to the top three after they were beaten 1-2 at home by Castellón, Vela's late consolation too late to cancel out earlier strikes by Moré and Natalio. Alavés moved back to within two points of the promotion spots though with a 1-0 victory over Almería, Pablo Casar getting the only goal five minutes from time. A De Paula strike gave Cádiz a 0-1 win over Hércules, saving the head of coach Oli but putting his opposite number Bordalás back into the firing line, and Las Palmas edged out of the drop zone to the detriment of Castilla, who they beat 2-1. (08.10.06)

Closer than ever at the top of the second division this weekend, with only one point separating the top seven sides after Saturday's matches. Tenerife move up into the top three after a 0-1 win at Numancia, Raúl Sánchez getting the only goal from the penalty spot late in the first half. Sporting Gijón are just a point behind them though after beating bottom club Vecindario 1-0, Congo scoring for the Asturians in the second half. A 1-0 victory as well for Valladolid against Lorca with an early goal from Llorente, Mendilibar's side joining four other teams just three points behind the leaders. And elsewhere Poli Ejido came from behind to beat Elche 2-1, a result which leaves the visitors further down in the relegation zone. (07.10.06)