Second division - day 29
Second placed Málaga look like joining Numancia in the top flight after a 2-0 win over fifth placed Elche on Sunday lunchtime. Eliseu put the Andalusians ahead before the break, and Peragón wrapped things up in injury time. Later in the day Tenerife kept their slim hopes of promotion alive with a 2-1 win over Castellón, first half goals from Nino and Iriome enough to give them the three points despite a late strike from Aurelio. Celta look like they will have to wait another season though after they lost 0-1 to struggling Albacete, a goal by Barkero on the quarter hour mark saving the head of Máximo Hernández but getting the Vigo based club's new coach Antonio López off to a bad start.
Albacete stay in the bottom four though, now three points above Xerez, who drew 1-1 at Gimnàstic. Maldonado equalised an earlier goal by Jordi, but the Catalans are only a point ahead of Las Palmas, who return to the relegation spots after Alavés drew 1-1 at Hércules. Both goals came midway through the first half, Tote cancelling out Pablo Casar's opener, but it may not be enough to save his beleaguered boss Andoni Goikoetxea. A 1-1 draw as well between Salamanca and Córdoba, who are the two sides who have shared the points most times this season. Cristian Alvarez got the first for the visitors after the break before Quique Martín made it all square. (16.03.08)
Leaders Numancia took a big step towards promotion with a late 0-1 victory at Real Sociedad. Del Pino got the only goal in the last minute to take Gonzalo Arconada's side twelve points ahead of their opponents in the table. Real stay in third spot however after Sporting Gijón could only draw 2-2 at Racing Ferrol. Bilic gave the Asturians an early lead, but goals from Olmo and Pereira turned the scoreline around before the break. Kike Mateo equalised soon after the restart though, and the locals ended with nine men after Roberto and Manuel were sent off later on.
Las Palmas climbed out of the relegation spots pending Sunday's games after drawing 0-0 at Sevilla Atlético. Poli Ejido are further down in the drop zone though after losing 2-0 to Cádiz, Natalio getting both the goals for the home side. Elsewhere Granada 74 moved away from the bottom four after a 1-0 victory over Eibar, Luque scoring the only goal early on to end a run of six games without a win. (15.03.08)