Second division - day 19

Eight games on Sunday, with third placed Sporting Gijón fighting back with ten men to draw 2-2 at Córdoba. After Miguel was sent off, goals near to half time by Javi Moreno and Juanlu seemed to have wrapped things up. But Matabuena scored two in a minute midway through the second half to save a point for the Asturians. Sporting stay in the promotion spots after the three teams immediately below them all lost, including fourth placed Elche, who were beaten 1-0 by Las Palmas. Darino got the goal late on to take the Canary Islanders off the bottom of the table.

Real Sociedad were beaten 3-2 by Salamanca, David Rodríguez getting a controversial winner in injury time from the penalty spot. Before that Uranga and Aranburu had twice cancelled out strikes from Jorge Alonso. And Celta lost by the same score to Tenerife, Jesús Perera equalising Manolo Martínez's early goal, but Ayoze and Nino restoring the lead before half time. Okkas got another one back near the end, but too late to change the result. Sevilla Atlético took advantage to move back above all of them to fourth after beating Hércules 1-2. Blas Pérez had given the locals the lead soon after the restart, but Alfaro equalised a couple of minutes later and Salva Sevilla got the winner in injury time.

Las Palmas's victory meant that Xerez are now in bottom spot after they could only draw 0-0 at Poli Ejido, who themselves are only one place above the relegation spots. Only one point separates the bottom four though, with Racing Ferrol dropping down below Albacete after losing 1-0 at Alavés. Coromina got the only goal for the Vitoria based side a quarter of an hour from the end. Gimnastic are also in trouble after a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Granada 74. A late goal from Javi Guerra could signal the end of Javier López's time at the Catalan club. (06.01.08)

Málaga are back on top of the second division after a 0-1 victory at Cádiz on Saturday evening, Baha getting the only goal in the first minute of the game. They move ahead of last week's leaders Numancia, who were held to a 0-0 draw by Castellón. Elsewhere Eibar moved up to within three points of the promotion spots after beating Albacete 1-0, Del Olmo scoring on the stroke of half time to cut short the Manchegans' min-revival. (05.01.08)