Second Division A - Day 29

Sevilla moved a little further to returning to the first division with a 0-1 victory at Getafe, their first win in four games, with Casquero getting the only goal just after half time. It was a close thing though, with Getafe hitting the bar in the first half and Sevilla's keeper Notario saving at point blank range from Parrado in the last minute. They move up to 55 points, two ahead of Tenerife who recorded an important 0-2 victory at third placed Betis in front of a crowd of nearly 50,000. Luis García and Mista scored the goals, one in each half, and with Betis failing to win for the fifth match in a row, club president Manuel Ruiz de Lopera fired his manager Fernando Vázquez, naming one of his technical staff Luis Del Sol as caretaker. His team are still third, but are now four points adrift of the top two and only two ahead of Recreativo and Salamanca who are tied for fourth place.

Recreativo are proving to be the revelation of the division after being rescued from relegation last season following the bankruptcy of Mérida. They came from a goal down by Loreto in the seventh minute to beat Murcia 4-1 and hold on to their unbeaten home record this season. David levelled the scores by half time, and the introduction of Bodipo in the second half proved decisive, scoring one himself and making another for Benítez after Camacho had established the lead. Salamanca missed out for the umpteenth time on a chance to move up to the top three after losing to Levante 2-0. Salamanca dominated the first half, but two goals by Paraguay's Cáceres in an eight minute period after the break gave Levante their first win in four games. The Valencia based side jump four places up the table to eighth.

Undoubtedly the disappointment of the day was the 2-1 defeat of Atlético Madrid against Elche. Atleti had risen up to fifth in the table after five victories in a row, but they met their match against a side struggling to avoid relegation. Benja (who was sent off near the end) and Serban gave the home side a two goal lead before Salva pulled one back in the second half. Atlético drop two places to seventh, a point now behind Albacete who played a dull 0-0 draw at home to Leganés. Although disappointing, it was Albacete's seventh game without defeat, and they are another team with an outside chance of promotion. Eibar lost ground after falling to their first defeat in ten games, and that to a team who had not won at home in over four months, Jaén. Pepelu scored the only goal of the game from the penalty spot early on.

Badajoz join Eibar on 40 points after recording their sixteenth draw of the season, this time 0-0 against Córdoba. Badajoz's Mario was sent off for a second bookable offence in the second half. Three of the bottom four clubs won, with Compostela moving up a place above Getafe after beating Extremadura 3-2 in a match in which the lead changed hands twice before Juanito sealed it near the end. José Carlos gave the home side the lead, but the young Davids, Karanka and Aganzo, put the visitors in front temporarily before Rubén levelled the scores. The game was overshadowed by the financial problems Compostela are going through, with the players not having been paid now for three months, and Nando threw a wobbly at half time after arguing with a team mate and refused to come out for the second half.

The bottom two both won 1-2 away from home, with Lleida winning at Sporting and Universidad Las Palmas defeating Racing Ferrol for their first away victory of the season. Both Lleida's goals were scored by full back Fran, who had been left out of the squad for most of the season after being linked with first division club Espanyol, the second from a pass by substitute Josemi, making his debut after moving on loan from Mallorca recently. Alberto levelled the scores momentarily for Sporting from a free kick. Universidad's winner came from Jonathan in injury time after Ante Razov missed a penalty for the home side earlier on. Razov had a bad night, giving away a penalty himself after handling in the area which Alexis converted before half time. His team mate Manel did get one back though in the second half. With the teams above them winning, Racing drop to within one place of the relegation zone, only three points above Compostela.