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Second division play-offs, semi-finals, first leg

Girona bounced back from their weekend disappointment, a 0-3 victory at Zaragoza virtually ensuring them a place in the play-off final. The Catalans missed out on direct promotion when they were held to a last minute draw by Lugo on Sunday, and there was some doubt as to whether they would recover from the blow in time for this match. For a few minutes the locals were on top, Becerra having to make a top class save from a Rubén header, Pedro and Willian José going close, and Sandaza almost turning a corner into his own net. However midway through the first half young keeper Oscar Whalley (deputizing for Bono, who was on international duty), tried to dribble past Mata and only succedded in gifting the opening goal. Becerra made another great stop from Dorca at the other end, but with half time approaching Lejeune headed in Granell’s corner for the second, and with just under an hour on the clock Mata got his second of the evening after picking up a long pass from Aday. (11.06.15)

The play-offs for the one remaining promotion spot began today, with four teams meeting over two-leg semi-finals to decide the two finalists. The first game between Valladolid and Las Palmas ended in a 1-1 draw, the Canary Islanders ruing a missed chance after their hosts ended the game with nine men. Heavy rain throughout the day made play difficult, but the visitors took an early lead when Araujo controlled a long centre from David Simón before clipping a shot past Javi Varas. Hernán Pérez levelled the scores though with a shot in off the post midway through the first half, and Oscar felt he should have had a couple of penalties either side of half time. Chica and then Timor were both sent off though for second booking offences in the last quarter of an hour, but other than a long shot past the post by Araujo, Varas was not really put to the test after that.

Elsewhere Oviedo have been proclaimed honorary champions of the second division B after beating Nàstic 3-0 in the second leg of their group champions final play-off. The Catalans had a one goal advantage from the first leg, but Dioni set up Linares twice in the tenth minute of the first and second halves, and substitute Cervero wrapped things up with an angled shot later on. Both teams though had already ensured their places in the second division ten days ago. (10.06.15)