Second division - day 1
Hércules are the second division leaders after day one, the Alicante based side winning 0-3 at Córdoba on Sunday with two goals from ex Mallorca striker Delibasic. Albacete finally got off to a good start after a couple of disappointing seasons with a 2-1 victory over Sevilla Atlético, but Elche faltered and were beaten 0-1 by Eibar. Salamanca and Alavés shared the points in a 0-0 draw at mid-day, and Huesca and Castellón also got their first points on the board after a 2-2 draw later in the evening. (31.08.08)
Surprises already on the opening day of the league, with several of the hot favourites falling by the wayside. Zaragoza's star-studded side lost 2-1 to a Levante team which had been cobbled together in the last few days after the club was put into legal administration. Geijo had been allowed to stay on though, and he put the Valencia based club ahead in the first half. Rubén Suárez added a second, and Oliveira's penalty came too late to change the result. Javier Clemente's Murcia lost 1-0 to a Rayo Vallecano side who were two divisions below them last season, ex Racing Santander striker Aganzo getting the only goal. And Celta were also beaten by one of the newly promoted teams, Girona winning 0-1 in Balaidos thanks to a second half strike from Duran.
Only Real Sociedad managed to win amongst the teams tipped for promotion, but even they had problems before they finally beat Las Palmas 1-0. The Canary Islanders rattled the woodwork twice before Sergio Rodríguez won it with a late free kick. Later in the evening Las Palmas's neighbours Tenerife beat Gimnàstic 3-2 to move to the top of the table pending Sunday's games. Nino put them ahead from the penalty spot on the stroke of half time, and although Moisés and Arpón turned the scoreline around after the restart, two in the last three minutes from Angel ensured the three points for the home side. Elsewhere Xerez joined the group at the top of the table with a 0-1 victory at another of the new sides Alicante, Ricardo Cavas turning Antoñito's shot into his own net late on. (30.08.08)