Second Division A - Day 12

Leaders Tenerife opened up a three point gap at the top with a convincing 3-0 victory over second placed Córdoba. Luis García got the first on the stroke of half time, and Barata and Simutenkov added two more in the second half. Third placed Jaén were surprised by next to bottom club Lleida, losing 5-2, the five goals against only one less than they had let in all season. For their part, Lleida had only managed eight goals in their eleven games to date. Paraguay's Carlos González and Nakor got two each for the home side, and Pepelu got both goals for the visitors. Sevilla took advantage to move in to second place, level with Córdoba on 21 points, with a 4-0 victory over Compostela which included a hat-trick from Diego Ribera.

None of the other teams in the top half of the league managed to win, with Betis losing 1-0 to Salamanca and Albacete, Levante, Murcia, Recreativo, Leganés and Elche all drawing. Salamanca's goal came from Toetli seven minutes from the end, only minutes after the Argentinian centre forward had come on as substitute. Albacete drew 1-1 with Levante and Leganés drew by the same score with Recreativo in the two games played on Sunday lunchtime. Murcia also drew 1-1 with Racing Ferrol thanks to a late goal by Loreto, and Elche came back against Universidad Las Palmas thanks to a second goal from Nino after a pair from Jonathan had given the Canary Island team the lead. Salamanca were the team who benefitted most from slip up of the rest, joining the chasing group on 18 points, with Sporting Gijon also up to tenth place a point behind them after beating Getafe 3-1, with two goals from Soto.

Down at the bottom Atlético Madrid climbed out of the relegation spots with their third victory of the season, 0-1 away at Extremadura. They had recently named Paulo Futre as their general manager, and although he had not had much time to change things, the mere presence of their former star seemed to inspire them. Team coach Marcos Alonso left Kiko back in Madrid, with Correa and Salva playing up front, and it was Correa who got the goal early in the first half. This was Extremadura's first defeat at home, and leaves them down in 15th place. Eibar also slipped nearer the bottom of the table after losing 0-1 to Badajoz, and they are just below Extremadura on goal average. Atlético rise up to 17th place on 13 points, ahead of Getafe on goal average. The bottom four places are now occupied by Compostela on 11 points, Lleida on 10, Racing Ferrol on 9 and Universidad on 7 with only one victory to date.