|Manuel Labor reports.....|
|Second Division - Day Forty Two|
Osasuna won promotion to the first division on the last day of the season after coming back from behind to beat Recreativo de Huelva. With Las Palmas and Villarreal already promoted, the only issues to be decided were the last promotion spot and the two remaining relegation places. Three teams were vying for third place, Osasuna, Salamanca and Mérida, and any one could have gone up on a heart-stopping round of synchronised matches. As fate would have it, Recreativo were one of three teams fighting for survival, (the other two were Getafe and Logroñes) and they gave themselves a chance with an early goal from José. At half time Salamanca were winning with a goal from Munteanu, which meant they would go up in place of the Pamplona based team, and Recreativo were clear. However 40 seconds in to the second half Salamanca's opponents Eibar equalised, which left Osasuna back in third place. Five minutes later Mérida were awarded a penalty in their match at Atlético Madrid, and if they had scored they would then have moved above Osasuna and Salamanca. However they missed, and almost simultaneously Osasuna were also given a penalty which Orbaiz scored from. Alfredo appeared to have added a second five minutes later but his goal was ruled out for a hand ball. However a few minutes after Polish international Trezciak sent the home crowd wild with a winning goal. Osasuna return to the top flight after six years away, and it appeared that Pamplona's San Fermin bull running festival had started early as the supporters burst into song. Salamanca scored again through Morales in their match, but it meant nothing, and their frustration showed as the goalscorer was sent off moments later. Likewise Mérida lost all motivation, and ended up drawing 0-0 at Atlético, who were already down to the second division B thanks to the relegation of their first team. Back at Pamplona, Recreativo were in any way sunk as Getafe had scored at Albacete through Parado, and with a two point advantage over Recreativo and Logroñes at the start of the day, the Madrid team were safe. Despite winning 1-0 against Villarreal, Logroñes join Recreativo, Atlético B and Toledo (who won their last match at Leganés1-2) in the second division B next season. At the top, leaders Las Palmas finished in style, beating Levante 2-1 with goals from Olias and David Pirri to end the day on 72 points, five ahead of Osasuna. Villarreal (who have just added Guillermo Amor and Valladolid's Víctor to their squad for next year) dropped to third, but as was already known last week, are promoted ahead of Salamanca, who ended up level on 66 points but behind on goal average. Villarreal's manager next year will be Víctor Muñoz, who was in charge of Lleida for the last time this weekend. His team gave him a rousing sending off with a 5-2 victory against Elche, with four goals from Javi Peña. They end the season fifth, ahead of Mérida on goal average. In the day's other matches, Extremadura came back from two down to draw 2-2 with Badajoz, Compostela also drew with Sporting 1-1, and Córdoba beat Tenerife 2-1 with a last minute goal. In the play-offs for promotion to the second division A, Galicia's Ferrol are best placed to come up having won three from three in group C, with three games remaining. Three ex first division teams Granada, Burgos and Murcia are all slugging it out in group D, with Murcia slight favourites on 6 points. In group A, Universidad Las Palmas are top with seven points from nine, and there is no clear leader in group B.
See our second division results and league positions tables for details.