Second Division A - Day 3

Newly promoted Xerez moved to the top of the second division for the first time in their 54 year history with their third victory in a row. Bernd Schuster's team beat Badajoz 2-0 in their temporary home at Sanlucar with goals in the second half from Mena and Pineda. Schuster's success has been overshadowed by problems off the field of play, with the gate takings from this match going to pay back debts due to their previous coaches under a court order, and the mayor of Jerez now offering another ground in the city to the club after refusing to allow them to use their own stadium at the start of the season.

Xerez go ahead of Atlético Madrid who struggled to draw at home against Racing Ferrol. Ismael gave the visitors the lead with his third goal of the season, and only a late equaliser from Diego Alonso (also his third goal with his new club) saved a point. Atlético were missing their new young star, Fernando Torres, who was called up for the Spanish under 17 squad for the forthcoming World Cup in Trinidad and Tobago. Fans criticised referee Martínez Terren for giving too many decisions against them, and one Madrid based paper actually counted 18 bad decisions against Atlético. The club however has declined to comment as a matter of policy. Jaén climbed into third place winning away 0-2 at another of the newly promoted teams, Gimnastic Tarragona. Both goals came in four minute period in the second half from Riera and Sierra. Nástic are now bottom, with only one point and no goals from their first three games.

Burgos drop out of the top three as they fell to their first defeat of the season, losing 2-0 at Oviedo. The Asturian side are finally getting their act together after being relegated, and they move up to within a point of their opponents in fifth place. Oli and one of their talented youngsters Rubén got the goals either side of half time against a Burgos side missing several of their injured star players. Oviedo did better though than another of the teams who went down with them Racing Santander, who lost by the same result away at Extremadura. Manuel got both goals for the home side, the second in injury time, to take his side on to four points. Racing have only picked up two points out of a possible nine, and their coach Gustavo Benítez is expected to be the second manager to lose his job less than a month in to the new campaign.

The first to go was Córdoba's Juan Verdugo, who was fired by club president Rafael Gómez and replaced by Rafael Acaide, known as 'Crispi', a few days ago. Crispi takes over for the third time at the Andalucian club, and was in charge at Murcia at the beginning of last season. In Spain there is a saying that clubs always win with a new manager, and this time was no exception, with Córdoba beating Salamanca 4-2 in stifling conditions, with temperatures at 40ºC when the match kicked off at eight o'clock at night. The home side took the lead with goals from their two Brazilians Fabao and Whelliton in the second half, and although Salamanca evened things up with strikes by Cristian Díaz and Tomás, late goals by Manolo (from the penalty spot) and Alfonso wrapped it up. Referee Pérez Lima sent off Córdoba's José Mari in the last minute.

Numancia copied Oviedo, recording their first victory since going down, a 3-1 win against Sporting Gijon. Having scored in his own net two weeks ago Pacheta got it right this time, opening the scoring with a quarter of an hour gone and adding the third at the end. Sporting equalised momentarily five minutes into the second half, but Ojeda re-established the lead a few minutes later. Numancia move on to four points. Level with Elche and Levante, who shared the points in a thrilling derby match. Ettien gave the Valencia based side the lead, and although Nino and Ivars turned the game around for the hosts, new signing Josemi headed the equaliser for the visitors with only two minutes to go to make it 2-2. Elche's Antonio Moreno was sent off in the second half for a second bookable offence with the score at one apiece.

True to form in the second division, three matches ended goal-less. Poli Ejido got their first point ever in the second division A in a 0-0 draw against an ultra-defensive Eibar side, but they are still next to bottom, just above Nástic on goal average. The game between Murcia and Leganés also finished 0-0, making it three draws out of three for Leganés who are at home to local rivals Atlético Madrid next week. Murcia have not won at home now in over six months. Albacete and Recreativo drew 0-0 on Saturday night in a boring match in which Albacete's new signing Duré put a penalty over the bar in the second half.