Leaders Betis sent out another warning to the other sides in the second division when they thrashed third placed Rayo Vallecano 4-0 on Sunday lunchtime. Rayo put up a good showing in the first half, and they only fell behind thanks to an own goal from Javi Fuego, who deflected a wide free kick past his own keeper. But the Andalusians scored two more in the first ten minutes of the second half, Beñat beating Cobeño for a second time with a low shot from outside of the area, and Rubén Castro poaching a third soon afterwards. Armenteros went close for the visitors a couple of times after that, but Emaná wrapped things up near the end with a soft penalty after Rubén Castro was pushed over in the area.
Later in the day Barcelona Athletic won 1-3 at Alcorcón to move up to fourth in the table. Rochina gave Luis Enrique's side the lead late in the first half after picking up a pass from Nolito, but before the half time whistle local top scorer Quini equalised from close up. Two goals in the last ten minutes though from Carmona and Tello handed the Madrid based side their first home defeat of the season. With a minute to go local keeper Manu Herrera got himself sent off for threatening behaviour against Montoya, although it was understandable as the defender had left his foot in a challenge and broken the keeper's nose!
Bottom club Tenerife finally clocked up their first victory of the season, beating Elche 1-0 on Sunday evening to climb above Recreativo in the table thanks to a better goal difference. Chances were few and far between until Natalio came on with a quarter of an hour or so to go. Within four minutes of coming on though the veteran forward picked up a pass from Juanlu to beat Willy Caballero, and Nino almost increased the lead when he fired an effort over the bar near the end.
Tenerife are also level on points with Gimnàstic, who were held to a 1-1 draw in their Nou Estadi by Córdoba. The Catalans had the better of play, with Delporte going close with an early free kick and Morán testing Raúl Navas after the restart. And with a quarter of an hour to go Mairata got on the end of a Miki Martínez free kick to head down and in off Agus. But eight minutes later the referee awarded a penalty to the visitors for a supposed infringement by Alex Cruz in the area which only his linesman saw, and Jorge Luque stepped up to equalise from the spot. (31.10.10)
Valladolid beat Salamanca 1-0 in the first match on Saturday evening to move above their regional neighbours to fourth pending Sunday's games. There was a friendly atmosphere before kick-off, with both sides coming out with messages of support for Salamanca's Miguel García, who collapsed on the pitch last weekend after suffering a cardiac arrest. Although now out of danger the midfielder has been told he cannot play football again. The visitors had won all four of their away games so far, and with Perico in charge they dominated the first half. However Antonio Gómez made a couple of changes after the break, and one of his substitutes Keita crossed in to allow Javi Guerra to score the only goal of the game with twenty minutes to go.
Las Palmas stay in sixth spot after they lost 3-2 to Ponferradina later in the evening, Juan Carlos Granero's side's first home win of the season. Veteran striker De Paula gave the locals the lead from Saizar's cross in only the sixth minute. But Alvaro Cejudo picked up a pass from Pedro Vega to equalise just three minutes later, and Javi Guerrero put the Canary Islanders ahead for the first time with a clever lob over the head of Mackay eight minutes after the restart. De Paula made it all square again though after Candela set him up with twenty minutes to go, and Mayor got the winner from another Saizar cross with five minutes left on the clock. Another of the newly promoted teams
Granada are up to eighth after hammering local rivals Xerez 5-0, their seventh game in a row without defeat. Geijo started things off in the twelfth minute after Lledó could only push out a previous effort, and Iñigo López added the second twenty minutes later following a corner. Geijo made it three shortly before half time, and although Orellana was sent off against his old club before the break, the much travelled Swiss-born striker completed his hat-trick with a header soon after the restart. Local keeper Roberto saved a Bermejo penalty after that after Rubén handled in the area, and Antoñito hit the post for the visitors, but Collantes completed the "manita" near the end.
Villarreal B are just two points behind the two Andalusian sides after a 2-0 victory over Cartagena. The youngster had not won in four matches, but they went ahead early on when Nicki Bille picked up a long ball from Iago Falqué to beat Casilla. The young Danish striker then set up Marco Gullón for him to drive a shot wide of the keeper a few minutes after the restart, and local keeper Diego Mariño made a couple of important saves after that to ensure the final result.
The other two games on Saturday evening ended in draws, with the fixture between Huesca and Numancia finishing without goals. Visiting keeper Eduardo was the star of the match with a string of saves, although the Soria based side could have won it had Andrés not saved a Barkero penalty after Garmendia was fouled with twenty minutes to go. Echaide hit the crossbar for the locals as well in the last minute.
Albacete and Girona also shared the points in a 1-1 draw, a result which left both perilously close to the relegation spots. Things swung in the way of the Manchegans ten minutes after the restart when visiting keeper Santamaría was sent off for handling outside of the area, and three minutes later when Tarantino beat his replacement Dani Mallo after De la Cuesta's header came back off the bar. But Despotovic equalised midway through the second half, and the Catalans held on for a valuable point. (30.10.10)
Celta remain in second spot after they were held to a 1-1 draw by struggling Recreativo in this week's Friday night match. The Andalusians are currently in the bottom four having failed to win a single game all season, but they took the lead midway through the first half when Manolo Martínez latched on to a loose ball following a corner to fire a shot in to the top corner of the net. Twenty minutes in to the second half though Michu headed in a Trashorras corner to equalise, and they held on for their third draw in a row despite having Roberto Lago sent off for a second bookable offence with a few minutes to go. (29.10.10)