Second division - day 10
Hércules are back on top of the second division after coming from behind to beat Sevilla Atlético 1-2. Pukki gave the youngsters the lead in only the fourth minute, but strikes by Sergio Fernández and Abraham Paz after the break turned the scoreline around. The Alicante based side move ahead of Salamanca on goal difference after David Amaral's team were beaten 2-0 by Celta. Dinei got the first early on and Trashorras the second in injury time to take the Galicians away from the danger zone.
An extraordinary match on Sunday lunchtime, where Xerez fought back from behind to beat Murcia 5-3. Javier Clemente's side went two up at the break, but Momo scored twice as the locals produced an epic second half comeback. The result takes the Andalusians level with third placed Zaragoza, a point ahead of Tenerife who won 2-0 against Rayo Vallecano later in the day. Juanlu and Nino got the goals after the restart to take the Canary Islanders level with their opponents in the table.
Elche moved off the bottom the table after beating Alavés 0-3, their first victory of the season. Santos started things off in the first half and Bolado and Rodri added two more later on to hand the locals their first home defeat in ten months. Claudio Barragán's side moved ahead of Sevilla Atlético and also Alicante, who were beaten 1-2 by Albacete despite taking an early lead. Elsewhere Eibar and Levante kept away from the drop zone after drawing 0-0, although both could be in trouble soon if results don't improve. (02.11.08)
A set back for third placed Zaragoza after their run of three wins in a row, a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Girona putting their place in the top three in jeopardy. Their opponents had not won since the second weekend of the season, but they took the three points thanks to a first half penalty which Manga converted. For a short while Marcelino's side looked like being overtaken by Castellón, who led against Las Palmas thanks to a strike from Uranga. However the Canary Islanders equalised in injury time through Marcos Márquez and the game ended 1-1.
Real Sociedad ended their run of six games without a win, beating Gimnàstic 1-2 with a last minute goal from Díaz de Cerio. Moha had given the Basque side the lead, but Moisés equalised with a free kick later in the game. The victory takes Real to within three points of the promotion spots, level with Huesca who won 3-1 against Córdoba. Rubén Castro scored two for the Aragón based side, the first from the penalty spot after Ito was sent off for handling the ball shortly before the break. (01.11.08)