Second Division A - Day 25

Atlético Madrid came back from two goals down to beat Compostela 2-3 in one of three games brought forward to Saturday evening. Gudelj scored twice in the first half to give the home side the lead, but the entry of Luque in the second half turned the game around. The youngster scored the first himself and had a hand in the second when Pinillos put through his own net in a two minute period in the second half. Then in injury time a Salva overhead kick set up Hugo Leal to slide the ball home. Recreativo Huelva kept up their challenge on the top clubs with a 4-1 victory over bottom side Universidad Las Palmas. Xisco got the first three goals for the Andalucian side before Zahinos pulled one back and Bodipo added a fourth, again after good work by Xisco. Universidad's defender Oscar Celada was sent off late in the first half. In the Andalucian derby, Jaén drew 0-0 with Córdoba in one of the most boring games of the season, with a pitch in unplayable conditions. Jaén have now not won since the beginning of November, and they are now only six places above the drop zone.

Sevilla returned to the top of the second division after a late 0-1 victory at relegation candidates Lleida on Sunday. Only a good performance by Sevilla's keeper Notario kept them in the game, and substitute Gallardo scrambled the winner near the end. They go a point above neighbours Betis, who threw everything at Badajoz but could only draw 1-1. Bauzá gave the visitors an early lead, but Amato equalised in the second half, his eighth since joining the club this winter. Betis have now gone twelve games without defeat and are now two points ahead of Tenerife, who lost to Levante 2-0 with second half goals by substitute Alberto from the penalty spot and from Peragón ten minutes from the end. The Valencia based club rise up to sixth with their victory, three points behind fifth placed Recreativo.

Salamanca took advantage of the slip up by Tenerife to move to within a point of them after beating Leganés 0-1. Velasco got their goal midway through the second half, and they hung on to the end despite finishing the game with nine men after Rogerio and Leo Ramos were sent off. They stay four points ahead of Recreativo, and right now it looks like a four horse race for the three promotion spots, although Atlético should not be ruled out too early as they jump up to seventh and take on Betis in Madrid next Sunday lunchtime.

Albacete are level with Atlético with a game in hand after beating Murcia 2-1, despite having Rubén Valencia sent off early on. Juric scored early on for the home side, and after Monteagudo equalised in the second half, Javi Guerrero got the winner nine minutes from full time. Murcia also ended the game with ten men after Raúl Torres picked up a second yellow card right at the end. Sporting are also on 36 points with Atlético and Albacete after drawing 0-0 with Eibar. Sporting's Samuel was another one to see the red card, and Eibar are down in tenth place despite going six weeks without defeat.

Down at the bottom Getafe missed an opportunity to get away from the relegation zone after they lost 0-1 to fellow strugglers Extremadura. Felix got the only goal of the game in the second half totally against the run of play to move eight points ahead of their rivals. Elche finally won at home for the first time in more than four months, beating Racing Ferrol 2-0, with Serban making one goal for Nino and scoring the second himself. Getafe's defeat means the bottom four all lost, with Lleida and Universidad Las Palmas still five points adrift of the rest of the pack.