Second division - day 25
Málaga kept in touch with leaders Numancia after beating Castellón 3-1 on Sunday lunchtime. Hidalgo and Cheli gave them a first half lead, and although Mario got one back from the penalty spot, Eliseu scored a minute later to hand Pepe Murcia's team their first defeat in 2008. At the same time Sevilla Atlético moved level with Sporting Gijón after a last minute 2-1 win over Córdoba. Arthuro put the visitors ahead on the quarter hour mark, but Sánchez equalised after the restart and Alfaro got the winner in the ninetieth minute.
Later in the evening Real Sociedad moved up into the top three after a 4-0 win over Las Palmas. Díaz de Cerio headed them into an early lead, but it was not until later in the second half that a goal from Xabi Prieto and two more from new signing Víctor wrapped things up. Elche drop out of the promotion spots after losing 1-0 to a Racing Ferrol side who themselves climb out of the bottom four as a result. Their new signing Rudy Carlier got the only goal on the hour mark. And Cádiz also had to thank their new boy Natalio for a 2-0 victory over Alavés, the ex Almería forward getting a goal in each half. (17.02.08)
Numancia extended their lead at the top of the table after a 1-0 win over Albacete. Toché got the only goal to leave the Manchegans back down in the drop zone. Sporting Gijón are back up to third pending Sunday's games, Bilic and Kike Mateo scoring late in the first half to give them a 2-0 victory over struggling Xerez. And Celta stay a point behind the Asturians after beating bottom club Poli Ejido 2-1, Jesús Perera getting the winner in the second half after Toedtli had cancelled out Agus's earlier strike.
Hércules got back to winning ways after a string of poor results, a 2-1 victory over Tenerife taking them back into the top half of the table, just below their opponents. And Granada 74 and Salamanca are also safely in mid-table after they drew 0-0. Elsewhere Gimnàstic moved out of the relegation spots after beating Eibar 2-1, their first win in three months. (16.02.08)