|Second Division A - Day 4|
This year's revelation side Terrassa moved to the top of the table on goal average after winning 0-2 away at Córdoba on Saturday night. The newly promoted club kept up their amazing start to the season with their third victory in a row thanks to two goals in five minutes at the start of the second half. Monty starting things off sliding the ball past keeper Jauregui and Babangida added the second only a minute after coming on as substitute. Córdoba had looked the better side in the first half, but were unable to convert their chances and ended up paying the price, and they could have lost by a bigger margin when Keko hit the post in the last minute.
Terrassa stay just ahead of last season's revelation side Xerez, who beat Leganés 1-2 in their own Alfonso Pérez stadium. Ramón gave the Madrid based team the lead in the first minute of the game from the penalty spot after a foul by Gerard. However Xerez equalised, also from the penalty spot when Pineda was brought down and converted the kick himself, and team captain Antonio put the visitors in front just before half time. Lawal went close for the hosts after the break, but Bernd Schuter's side were in control and Pineda should have finished things off near the end.
Albacete dropped out of the top three after they were held to a 1-1 draw by Elche on Sunday lunchtime. The visitors were gifted the lead in the fifth minute when Peña got in the way of an attempted clearance by home team keeper Roa and deflected the ball into his own net. Munteanu went close to levelling the scores before half time when he hit the bar, but the sending off of Viaud later on seemed to have ended their challenge. However Parri made it all square with a well struck free kick, and Elche's Benja also got himself sent off soon afterwards.
Murcia moved ahead of Albacete up to third with a 3-0 victory over bottom club Almería. Acciari headed David Vidal's side ahead in the sixth minute from Ismael's corner, and Karanka added a second midway through the first half after beating the offside trap. Then with the game coming to a close Loreto got Murcia's third on a rapid counterattack. Almería's manager Juan Casuco could be on his way shortly.
Levante move up to fourth place, above Albacete on goal average, after a 3-1 victory over the league's most defensive team Eibar. Ex Real Madrid star Pedrag Mijatovic became the first player to score past them this season when he beat the offside trap with ten minutes gone, but Gaizka Saizar made it all square on the stroke of half time bending a shot around the keeper. However a second half goal from Limones put the Valencia based side back in front, and substitute Ettién wrapped things up turning on a loose ball to shoot into the roof of the net.
Poli Ejido are in sixth place after coming from behind to beat Numancia 3-2 in the inauguration match at their remodelled Santo Domingo stadium. Kome gave the visitors the lead midway through the first half after a slip by keeper Kike, and although Sabino made it all square soon afterwards, the Camerooni international put the visitors back in front with his second of the match. However Numancia were reduced to ten men when Marini picked up a second yellow card, and second half goals from David Prats and Tevenet turned the score around. Ejido's Poschner was sent off in the last minute though.
Racing Ferrol are just behind Ejido on goal average after beating Getafe 2-1. The turning point of the match came in the twelfth minute when visiting keeper Nacho was shown the red card for a foul just outside of the area on Japanese striker Yasunaga. Five minutes later Iñigo headed the home side into the lead, beating substitute keeper Pindado from a David Pérez cross. Getafe equalised though immediately after the restart when Craioveanu connected with an Estévez corner, but Yasunaga scored the winner a quarter of an hour later from close range.
The game of the day, on paper at least, was undoubtedly at Tenerife, where the local side met Zaragoza. A year ago this was a first division fixture, but both teams came in to the game struggling in the lower half of the table. In the end the Canary Islanders ran out the winners, with Barata heading Paunovic's cross past Miguel to score the first shortly after the interval, and Kiko adding the second at the end. Zaragoza had an excuse though; they played three-quarters of the game with ten men after Cuartero was sent off for fouling Martí as he advanced on goal.
Sporting Gijon's goal drought continues, and they have now gone six hours without scoring. They did manage a point though in a 0-0 draw with Tenerife's neighbours Las Palmas, but it was not enough to take them out of the relegation spots. The best chances of the game were a Rubén header for the visitors which Valencia saved just before the break, and two opportunities which Manel failed to convert for the home side in the second half. The home fans gave manager Pep Acebal a hard time at the end of the game.
A day earlier, Sporting's Asturian rivals Oviedo were climbing out of the bottom four with their first league win of the season, 0-1 at Compostela. The visitors were under pressure during most of the first half, with a shot from Maikel brushing the post and Gurrutxaga clearing off the line from Fabiano. Oviedo improved after the break though, and with the home side players still claiming a penalty for a foul on Maikel, Geni sent Idiakez away for him to beat Oliver. Compostela felt they were unlucky not to record their fourth draw in a row however when Maikel hit the crossbar in the last minute.
Managerless Badajoz recorded their first win of the season, a 0-1 away victory at Salamanca, to take them out of the bottom four. With nobody appointed yet to take over from Rodri, who was sacked midweek, two members of the technical staff Oswaldo García and Juan Pedro Mancha shared the managerial duties. They didn't do so badly either, with their side almost going ahead when Leandro's shot was blocked on the line in the first half by Aurelio, and then Nene scoring the only goal of the game after the break on a quick counterattack. Salamanca ended with ten men after Noguerol was sent off, and their boss Balta Sánchez may be another manager looking for a new job soon.