Second Division - Day Thirty Six

We all know that its not all over until the fat lady sings, and as far as the Spanish second division is concerned she is still in the tea shop stuffing herself with cream cakes. With six games to go, any three from nine teams could occupy the promotion spots at the end of the season, with only seven points between first and ninth. This week things did clear a bit however, with a two point gap opening up between the top three and the rest. Las Palmas kept their lead at the top with a 2-1 victory against Albacete, with Olias and Eloy scoring in the second half for the home side and Javi Guerrero getting one back near the end. They have 59 points, one more than Villarreal, who won 1-4 at Atlético B to consolidate their second place. The league's second top scorer Moisés closed the gap on Levante's Salillas to two goals with his 16th of the season. Extremadura won the match of the day against promotion rivals Lleida to move a point behind Villarreal in third, with their opponents slipping to fifth. Javi Peña gave the home side the lead, but a goal either side of half time by Duré and another near the end by Rueda turned the result around. Escoda pulled one back in injury time, with the match ending 2-3. Sporting have not looked back since they replaced their manager three weeks ago, and they move ahead of Lleida on goal average after beating Recreativo 0-1 with a goal by Monchu in the second half. Osasuna also took advantage of slip ups by close rivals to move up to sixth, winning the Basque derby against Eibar by 2-0. Tenerife could only manage a 1-1 draw at bottom club Toledo and drop further away from the top spots, as do Salamanca, who drew 0-0 at Logroñes. Salamanca have not scored now in six games, and have signed Real Sociedad's Bonilla on loan to the end of the season to try and stop the rot. Levante and Córdoba also lost, by 1-0 to Mérida and 0-4 to Badajoz respectively, and now have little chance of reaching the first division. This was Badajoz's first win under new manager Sarabia, with Sabino getting a hat-trick including a late penalty. Leganés and Elche decided a point apiece would leave them safe, and did little to alter the original score-line. Compostela were the only one of the bottom seven to win, beating Getafe 3-2 with a last minute goal by Changui, and they move a little closer to safety up to 19th place. If Atlético Madrid's first team go down, the B team will be automatically relegated to the second division B, and only three others will go down from 2A.

See our second division results and league positions tables for details.

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