Second Division A - Day 6

Sevilla extended their lead at the top of the second division with a laboured 1-0 victory against Albacete. The only goal of the match was scored by Michel (known as Michel II in Rayo Vallecano last season) fifteen minutes from time. They now have 16 points from six games, three ahead of Jaén, who drew 1-1 at Tenerife. Carlos Torres got his second goal in two games for the Andalucians in the fifth minute, and Barata equalised a few minutes later. Levante lost their opportunity to move up the table, drawing 0-0. Neither side created many chances, although referee Rodado Rodríguez didn't help, turning down three clear penalty appeals, one for the home side and two for the visitors. Other than Sevilla, Córdoba were the only side in the top half of the table to win, and their 1-0 victory against struggling Betis took them up to fourth. To add to Betis's woes, the only goal of the match came from their own player, Luis Fernández scoring in his own net in the first half. They now drop to the lower reaches of the table with only one win in six games.

Two other teams near the top, Elche and Recreativo Huelva, were both leading away from home before their opponents, Badajoz and Extremadura, levelled scores at 1-1 in the last couple of minutes. Referee Pérez Lima sent off three players in the match between Badajoz and Elche, Bracamonte from the home side and Nano and Socorro for the visitors, despite the game being relatively good natured. Elche are still fifth and Recreativo are sixth, despite only scoring three goals in their six games. Murcia and Salamanca move up to the top half of the table with 2-1 victories against Getafe and Sporting Gijon, and bottom club Lleida finally got their first win, a 1-0 victory against a disappointing Leganés.

Two matches kicked off late on Sunday after the other games had finished, and by coincidence the teams occupied the four bottom spots in the league at the time. Atlético Madrid came up against Racing Ferrol, with new manager Marcos Alonso taking the hot seat for the first time after the sacking of Fernando Zambrano midweek. Alonso played for several years at Atleti and managed Sevilla last season, and an expectant crowd of over 50,000 fans turned up to follow his fortunes. With Salva suspended for five games after his second sending off of the season last week, and with Kiko not fully fit, the new manager played Juan Carlos and Correa up front in a 5-3-2 formation, but his side could still only scrape a draw against a surprisingly good Ferrol side. In fact the visitors took the lead through Jordi just after the break, although it only lasted a minute before Correa equalised.

Meanwhile club president Jesus Gil was in court again explaining to the judge how he had managed to spend almost a million Dollars of club's money on personal items. Gil claimed that it was genuine business expenditure, although we are still waiting to hear how he justified a large bill for women's lingerie. In the other late match Universidad Las Palmas drew 1-1 against Compostela. The match was played at the ground of first division side UD Las Palmas, who were not playing this weekend, and their goal scored by Sequieros was their first in the league after 496 minutes of football. Compostela's Biskay was sent off in the second half. Lleida's victory leaves the Canary Island team at the bottom on three points, with five teams on five points and only two points separating tenth place Eibar from next to bottom club Getafe. Once again it was a low scoring day with 19 goals in 11 games, and no team has scored more than two in a game for the last three weeks.