Second division, day 13
Xerez hold on to top spot after a 1-1 draw with Real Murcia on Sunday lunchtime. Yordi headed the Andalusians into the lead early in the second half, the referee allowing the strike to stand despite a possible foul on the keeper, but the visitors equalised with a hotly disputed Samuel penalty twenty minutes from the end. Valladolid are up to second after a 1-0 win over Tenerife, the only goal coming from Borja midway through the first half. And Castilla move up to the top half of the table with a 0-3 victory over Ponferradina, youth internationals Mata, Valero and Rayco getting the goals for Michel's side.
Ponferradina drop into the relegation zone, just a couple of points now above Elche, who finally saw some light at the end of the tunnel with a 2-1 win over Málaga. Bellvis and Miguel put them two up before Salva got one back for the financially strapped side. Vecindario stay bottom despite a 1-1 draw away at Lorca, Michel saving a point in the last minute after Iván Anía had put the locals ahead. And Numancia kept their heads above water with a 1-1 draw against Alavés, Fukuda equalising for the hosts after an early goal by Ogbeche. (19.11.06)
Salamanca moved up to second in the table pending Sunday's games after recovering from an early Parri goal to beat Albacete 4-1. Quique Martín scored twice and Braulio and Arpón got the others to extend the newly promoted side's unbeaten run to six games. Sporting Gijón also move up to the promotion spots, just ahead of Real Murcia thanks to the higher number of goals scored, after beating Hércules 1-0. David Barral got the only goal of the game midway through the first half.
Poli Ejido missed out on a chance to join the Asturians after a 1-2 defeat at the hands of Almería, their first loss in seven games. Paco Esteban gave the locals an early lead, but strikes by Crusat and Michel turned the scoreline around. Elsewhere Cádiz came within a minute of a first win under new coach José González, Goitom making it 1-1 for their hosts Ciudad Murcia in injury time after De Paula had given the Andalusians a first half lead. And Las Palmas climbed out of the relegation zone after a 1-0 win over fellow strugglers Castellón, Marcos Márquez getting the winner late on. (18.11.06)