The promotion race is still alive after Valladolid clocked up a narrow 1-0 victory over Recreativo on Thursday evening. With nothing to play for, visiting coach Juanma Rodríguez put out a much changed side. But even so Jaie had to be on his toes early on before his side finally took control. Javi Guerra scored the only goal, latching on to a loose ball in the area to beat Alejandro three minutes in to the second half, but there were some nervous moments before the final whistle.
Djukic's side stay level on points with second placed Celta, but whoever loses out on direct promotion will have to enter the play-offs for the last remaining spot, together with any three from Alcorcón, Hércules, Córdoba and Almería, who kept alive their hopes with a 2-0 victory against Numancia. Acasiete gave the locals the lead in the eight minute with a header from Corona's cross, and top scorer Ulloa got on the end of Rafita's assist to score the second midway through the first half. (24.05.12)
With two games to go nothing has yet been decided in the race for promotion, although Deportivo are just a victory away from going up after a last minute 1-2 victory at the already relegated Gimnàstic. The Catalans put up a brave fight, Tuni and Dani Abalo combining for Xisco Campos to open the scoring in the eleventh minute. Aranzubia had to keep out a point blank header from Morán on the half hour mark, but a minute later Bruno Gama picked up a ball inside the area to level the scores for the visitors. Raúl Fuster went close again for the hosts, but Riki headed wide and Guardado missed another chance before Xisco finally won it after getting on the end of Guardado's cross in the fourth minute of injury time.
The victory keeps Depor four points clear of neighbours Celta, who won 4-1 against Xerez. The Galicians were up against it from early on when keeper Sergio was sent off for giving away a penalty on Maldonado which Mendoza converted. However Iago Aspas equalised with a shot from the edge of the area with half an hour gone, and numbers were evened up three minutes in to the second half when visiting keeper Toni Lechuga was also sent off for bringing down Orellana. Aspas stepped up to fire home the spot kick, and Alex López and Orellana scored two more in the last ten minutes, the first a shot from outside of the area and the second a lob over substitute keeper Doblas.
Valladolid, who play tomorrow, are the only side who can catch the leaders, but Hércules at least moved close to a place in the play-offs with a 0-5 victory over neighbours Alcoyano. Samuel opened the scoring for Mandiá's side midway through the first half after Escassi headed on a free kick, and the defender got his second of the night soon after the restart, following up after Dorronsoro saved from Urko Vera. Two minutes later Vera himself got the third from Michel's cross, and after Lucas Torró was sent off for the locals, Vera and Sanchón added two more in the dying minutes. With their side already down, the frustrated home fans booed their players off the pitch and chanted for the removal of coach Luis César.
Alcorcón stay a point ahead of Hércules however after they beat Sabadell 1-0. The result was in doubt though until seven minutes from the end, when Rubán Sanz fired a shot past Mackay from the edge of the area. Elche's push for the play-off spots ended a couple of weeks ago, and their poor end to the season continued with a 1-2 defeat at the hands of Las Palmas. Portillo put the Canary Islanders ahead in the sixth minute with an angled shot after connecting with a cross from Francis Suárez. And although Nicki Bille headed in Flaño's cross to equalise with a quarter of an hour to go, Javi Guerrero tied up the three points for the visitors on a rapid counter-attack near the end.
Guadalajara saved themselves from relegation last weekend, and they celebrated in style with a 2-0 victory over Barcelona B. Both goals came early on, Iván Moreno knocking in the rebound after Miño saved a wide free kick in the tenth minute, and Jonan adding the second eight minutes later after Moreno set him up. Carlos Terrazas' side are now only a point behind Murcia, who were beaten 0-1 by Huesca. The visitors went ahead when Antonio Nuñez beat Javi Jiménez on the quarter hour mark, and although they were left with ten men when David Vázquez was shown a straight red card with ten minutes still to go to the break, they held on to go four points clear of their opponents in the table. (23.05.12)
Another round of midweek fixtures in the second division as teams played out the games postponed from two months ago. Two matches on Tuesday night, with Córdoba strengthening their position in the play-off spots after beating Cartagena 2-0. Both goals came in a three minute period midway through the first half, López Silva beating Reina and then setting up Patiño for the second, and any chance that the visitors had of coming back ended when Mariano was sent off for a second bookable offence twenty minutes or so after the break. Cartagena will be playing their football in the second division B next season though, as will Alcoyano, after Girona beat Villarreal B 2-1. The Catalans had picked up 18 points from their last nine games under coach Javi Salamero to move clear of the drop zone, and they took the lead when Dorca beat Diego Mariño with just under a quarter of an hour on the clock. Moi Gómez levelled the scores after the restart, but Dani Tortolero won it for the locals in the third minute of injury time following a corner. (22.05.12)