Second Division A - Day 2

Atlético Madrid's second day in hell (see last week's report) was no better than their first. After losing 4-1 at Levante last week, they fell at home 0-1 to a Recreativo side who should by rights be playing in a lower division this season (they were relegated but got a reprieve in place of bankrupt Mérida). To cap it all, Juan Gómez scored in his own net and Salva was sent off near the end after getting his second yellow card for arguing. The 40,000 season ticket holders went home dejected as Atlético stay in bottom place, and Gregorio Manzano is one of the names already being touted around as a substitute for Zambrano. Betis are not faring much better either; they were beaten at home 1-2 by an Elche side who could spring a few surprises this season. The visitors were two up in the first six minutes through Nano and Serban, and although Gálvez pulled one back in the second half Elche hung on to start the season with maximum points from their first two games, taking them to the top of the table. They are joined on six points by two teams, the recently relegated Sevilla and the newly promoted Jaén. Sevilla might be expected to be up there with the leaders, and they did so at the expense of another promotion hopeful Salamanca, thanks to a goal by defender Loren II shortly after Salamanca's keeper Stelea saved a penalty. Jaén are the revelation team so far, and they join the leaders after their second 1-0 victory in a row, this time at Badajoz. Six teams are on four points, with Levante fourth on goal average after their victory against Atlético last week and a draw on Sunday at Córdoba. Once again their Ivory Coast midfielder Ettien starred, and with the transfer market due to close by next Friday, he is being closely watched by several clubs. Compostela won their local derby against newly promoted Ferrol, the first time that the two clubs have met at this level. After this result Compostela move up to fifth, with Ferrol joining Atlético Madrid and Salamanca at the bottom of the table without a point. The other two should start to move away from the drop zone soon, but the newcomers could struggle this season. The two Madrid based teams, Leganés and Getafe, both won 0-1 away against Eibar and Universidad Las Palmas respectively and join the group on four points, together with Albacete, who drew at Extremadura after Wellington booted in the equalizer (sorry!), and Recreativo. Tenerife recorded their first win in six months, but it was agonizing to watch. With Sporting reduced to nine men, keeper Valencia saved no less than 27 shots at goal, including a penalty from Barata, before Hugo Morales finally put the visitors (and spectators) out of their misery near the end with the only goal of the match. The last match of the day between Murcia and Lleida ended scoreless, and Lleida have now gone 180 minutes without a goal at either end. At least their keeper Carlos Busquets (formerly with Barcelona) is top of the second division Zamora table.