Second division - day 18
Only three games on Sunday, with Numancia moving back above Málaga after beating Córdoba 2-1. Toché got the winner near the end after Juanlu had equalised an early goal from Julio Alvarez. Earlier in the day Celta beat Grananda 74 to move up to fifth in the table. Jesús Perera got two and Quincy and Mario Suárez added two more before Aranda's consolation penalty in injury time. Elsewhere Albacete climbed to the brink of escaping the drop zone after beating Castellón 2-0. (23.12.07)
Málaga are back on top of the table after beating Sevilla Atlético 3-0 on Saturday evening. All the goals came in the last quarter of an hour, with Hidalgo and Salva scoring within a minute of each other and Salva getting the third in the last minute. And Sporting Gijón hold on to third spot after a 3-2 win over Alavés. Barral, Diego Castro and Omar appeared to have wrapped things up with three goals around half time, but second half strikes from Mena and Aganzo set up an exciting finish.
Elche remain just two points behind the Asturians after a 2-1 victory over Poli Ejido, Fajardo getting a late winner after an early Noel-Williams goal was cancelled out by Moreno. And Real Sociedad are just a point behind David Vidal's team after coming from behind to beat Tenerife 2-1. Elustondo and Díaz de Cerio got the goals in the second half to overturn Nino's twentieth minute strike. Hércules lost ground on the chasing pack though after they were held to a 0-0 draw by bottom club Las Palmas.
There were eight Saturday games in all in the last weekend before the Christmas break, with Cádiz moving safely up to mid-table after a late Gastón Casas goal gave them a 0-1 win at Gimnàstic. Nàstic stay three points above the drop zone after Racing Ferrol lost 0-2 to Salamanca, and Xerez drew 3-3 against Eibar. It was a brave performance though by the Andalusians, who fought back from three down to save a point with ten men. (22.12.07)