|Second Division A - Day 30|
In a weekend without first division football, Sevilla extended their lead at the top of the second with a 3-2 victory over Levante. Michel scored twice, with Tevenet getting one in between, after Roa had opened the scoring for the visitors. Although Salillas pulled one back near the end from the penalty spot, Sevilla held on to open up a four point gap over Tenerife, who could only draw 1-1 at home to Racing Ferrol. Dani gave the Canary island side the lead in the first half, but Nogueira equalised just after the break and Racing held on to earn a valuable point. Betis's new manager Luis Del Sol fared no better than Fernando Vázquez, losing his first match in charge 1-0 away to Extremadura. Félix got the goal shortly before half time from Duré's corner, and only a good performance by keeper Toni Prats saved the visitors from further embarrassment. It was their sixth game without a win, and their recent run of bad form means they are out of the top three for the first time in four months, dropping down the table to fifth.
Recreativo Huelva surprisingly go third, four points behind Tenerife, after defeating promotion rivals Salamanca 0-1 with a second half goal from Bodipo. By rights the oldest club in the league should be playing in the lower divisions after only staying up following the relegation of bankrupt Mérida, and it is hard to believe they are where they are right now. The defeat cost Salamanca's manager Juan Señor his job, and he was replaced by caretaker manager Balta until the end of the season. Albacete continue their rise up the table with a 2-0 victory over Elche, and they have now gone eight games without losing a game. Two goals in a minute in the second half from Edu García and Mikel helped them move up to fourth, ahead of Betis on goal average.
Atlético Madrid stayed four points away from the promotion spots in seventh place after drawing 1-1 at Córdoba. Salva gave them a first half lead with his fourteenth of the season, but an injury time goal from Gallego with Atlético down to ten men cost them two important points in their fight for promotion. Salva is now second in the top scorers' chart, one behind Murcia's Loreto, who got both his team's goals in the second half as they fought back to draw 2-2 with Jaén. Pepelu and Jurado had given the Andalucian side the lead with only five minutes on the clock, and before half time both teams were down to ten men after Meloño for the home side and Tito for the visitors were sent off.
With twelve games to go the three promotion spots appear to be between the top seven teams, although Sporting Gijon have an outside chance after they secured a narrow 0-1 win at Leganés. The only goal of the game came from a Ledhiakov penalty after keeper Raúl brought down Tcheryshev, getting himself sent off in the incident. Despite playing with ten men Leganés had the best chances, and only good goalkeeping from Valencia saved the day. Sporting move two points away from the chasing pack, which includes draw specialists Eibar and Badajoz. Eibar proved once again that they are the most boring team in the league with their eleventh 0-0 draw, this time against Compostela, who continue to be in financial difficulties.
If Eibar are the 0-0 specialists, Badajoz still shade them for total draws in the season. They shared the points for no less than the seventeenth time this season, 1-1 at next to bottom club Universidad Las Palmas. Santana opened the scoring for the home side just before half time, but a Pepín penalty in the second half meant that points were shared, even though Universidad ended with ten men after Vara was sent off near the end. Despite remaining undefeated for the last five games the Canary Island club are virtually doomed for the drop, as are the bottom side Lleida, who lost at home to relegation rivals Getafe by 1-2, despite taking the lead in the tenth minute through ex Deportivo midfielder Renaldo. Second half substitute Maikel got two in three minutes after the break, both times after keeper Busquets failed to hold on to the ball, to give the visitors a hope of survival.