|Manuel Labor reports.....|
Copa del Rey
|Second Division - Day Forty One|
The top two Villarreal and Las Palmas drew 1-1 to secure promotion for the home side and ensure the second division championship for the visitors. Villarreal took the lead through Jorge López in the first half, but Quique Medina gave away a penalty and was sent off into the bargain in the second half. Tevenet equalised from the penalty spot, but Villarreal closed ranks and held on for the vital point which takes them on to 66, three behind Las Palmas. The Canary Island champions are fighting to hold on to their manager Sergio Kresic after he received a big offer from Betis, and Villarreal are expected to sign on Lleida's manager Víctor Muñoz for next season. The third promotion spot will have to wait until the last match next week after third placed Osasuna were held to a draw at Sporting Gijon. Sporting were reduced to ten men in the 17th minute when Mario was sent off, but after keeper Valencia stopped everything that was thrown at him by Osasuna, substitute Jurado gave the home side the lead five minutes from time. However Iván Rosado back-heeled the equaliser a minute later to give his side a one point advantage going in to the last day. Salamanca moved up to fourth after winning 0-3 at Getafe, with two goals from recent signing Bonilla, and are now on 63 points. A victory at home next week against Eibar (who ended Lleida's hopes with a 2-0 victory), together with a draw or a defeat by Osasuna at home to Recreativo, will ensure them promotion instead of the Pamplona side. Mérida and Levante also have an outside chance of going up after the former beat their local rivals Extremadura with a goal from Prieto, and the latter beat Córdoba 3-0. Mérida are on 62 points, one behind Salamanca, and Levante are on 61. Mérida play at already relegated Atlético Madrid B next week, with Levante visiting champions Las Palmas. In the relegation zone, a late penalty by Méndez gave Recreativo Huelva a lifeline with a 1-0 victory against Leganés. They move level with Getafe on 45 points, two points above Logroñes who lost 2-1 to Elche, with Cristian Díaz getting the winner in injury time. Compostela drew 0-0 at Tenerife and on 48 points are virtually safe, and the two relegated teams, Toledo and Atlético B, drew 1-1. In the last matches, Compostela are at home to Sporting, Getafe visit Albacete (who won 1-2 at Badajoz on Saturday), Recreativo are at Osasuna and Logroñes are at home to Villarreal. Getafe have a better direct goal average than Recreativo, and with Osasuna needing victory to go up, the two remaining relegation spots should go to Recreativo and Logroñes.
See our second division results and league positions tables for details.