Second Division A - Day 9

The top two teams in the second division Xerez and Levante met on Saturday evening in San Fernando (where Xerez were serving out the last of their four match ban), with the "home" side running out 2-1 winners to move three points clear of their rivals. Calle headed the locals into the lead from Canito's cross ten minutes before the break, but Félix levelled the scores on the stroke of half time, heading home a corner from Mijatovic. The Yugoslav international was taken off early in the second half to make room for an extra defender after Olías was sent off, but Schuster's side took advantage of their numerical advantage to restore the lead, once again, Calle beating Rafa with a header. Both keepers made important saves in the last few minutes, with Rafa stopping shots from Canito and Zárate and Mora saving from Congo (who was replacing the injured Amato) at point blank range.

A 0-2 victory by Murcia at Elche on Sunday lunchtime took David Vidal's side back up to second place and bumped Levante out of the top three. Pepelu missed an easy chance for the home side early on, but after that it was all Murcia. Tito put them in front from the penalty spot after Raúl Pérez handled in the area, although Reinke had to save from Nino on a quick breakaway which could have levelled the scores. However Loreto added a second goal later in the second half with a shot into the bottom corner of the net after the ball was crossed in from the left. The result leaves Elche down in midtable, six points off the top three.

Terrassa came from behind to record their first win in five games, a 2-1 victory over Compostela. Sequeiros opened the scoring for the visitors in the second minute the game, but Keko equalised on the quarter hour mark after Gibanel put him through. Visiting keeper Tito missed a long cross in the second half allowing Monty to run through and score what was to prove the winner, but Besora was sent off for the home side soon afterwards and they had to hang on in the end, with Morales making a couple of vital saves. The Catalans move back up to third, and with Levante losing they are the only side to remain unbeaten. Compostela drop back into the bottom four.

Albacete lost the opportunity to move closer to the top spots after they were held to a 1-1 draw by Poli Ejido. Paco Peña gave the home side the lead in the twelfth minute, and visiting keeper Kike saved well from Duré to prevent the home side going further in front. Ejido manager Paco Herrera replaced striker Sabino with David Prats three minutes before half time, an inspired move as the new man scored the equaliser almost immediately after coming on. Poli closed the game down in the second half, and were happy to walk away with a point which keeps them in touch with the leaders, a point and a place behind their rivals, who are now fifth.

Zaragoza continued their rise up the table with a 0-1 victory at Las Palmas late on Saturday evening, and they are now in seventh place only two points off the promotion spots. Paco Flores' side are gradually adapting to the second division, and they went close to taking the lead when Alvaro cleared off the line from Yordi and Andersen saved from Galletti early on. Baiano though hit the crossbar for the Canary Islanders before Yordi put the visitors in front midway through the second half. Substitute Reggi had a chance to level the scores near the end, but Lainez stood up to him and saved the day.

A first minute goal by Molist was enough to give Badajoz a 1-0 victory over Racing Ferrol. The forward was in the right place to bounce a shot past De Navas after the keeper failed to hold on to Mendoça's early cross in the home side's first attack. Salir headed just wide from Cuéllar's free kick in the first half and Gorka cleared off the line from Raúl López after the break as the visitors came looking for the equaliser, but Badajoz held their lines to move up to eighth in the table.

Tenerife have still not got their act together this season, and they find themselves down in the bottom half of the table after losing 1-0 to Numancia. the Canary Islanders hardly managed a shot at goal, and the home side should have wrapped things up in the first half when Manolo Sánchez and Rosu both had chances, or in the second half when Kome hesitated in front of goal and was closed down. However in the end it took a late strike by defender Carlos Cuéllar to give the Soria based side the three points.

Salamanca won 0-2 at Leganés, consolidating their recovery under new manager Jorge D'Alessandro. The visitors took the lead midway through the first half when ex Atlético Madrid midfielder Roberto Fresnedoso finished off with a close up header after good work by Quique Martín. Stelea made a reaction save from Ramón at the other end before substitute Vucko made it two on a quick breakaway twenty minutes from the end. Leganés had Gorka Pintado sent off five minutes from the end for elbowing an opponent, and the Madrid based club are now only a point above the bottom four.

Almería were hit by a late goal in the last minute for the fourth time at home this season, and ended up drawing 1-1 to Getafe. The home side took the lead ten minutes before half time when Juanlu beat Nacho with a shot from the edge of the area. However the visitors had several chances to equalise, with ex Atlético Madrid striker Juan Carlos wasting three or four opportunities. Benítez could have extended the locals' lead, but in the last minute Tena forced the ball past Barbero to save a point. To round off a bad day for Juan Carlos though, he was sent off for a second bookable offence right at the end.

Relegation candidates Sporting Gijon and Córdoba played out another dull 0-0 draw, taking them both further away from safety. Despite changing their manager recently, Sporting have only scored two goals in nine games this season, although the point did at least take them off the bottom of the table above their Asturian neighbours Oviedo. Córdoba have Jauregui to thank for their point though, the keeper making a vital second half save from Christian Díaz which could have cost them the match. Sporting's Juan was sent off towards the end of the game for a second booking.

Oviedo's new manager Vicente González Villamil could do nothing to stop the rot at the struggling Asturian side, who sink to the bottom of the table after losing 2-1 at Eibar. Quique Marigil handed over the manager's job to his erstwhile technical secretary during the week, and for a while it appeared that things were improving when Fran beat Riesgo with a well struck free kick. However Jorge Sánchez equalised, and then visiting keeper Jonathan was sent off for handling outside of the area four minutes before the half time interval. Two minutes later Alex scrambled the ball past his replacement Dorronsoro, and Jorge Rodríguez and Galder both hit the woodwork in the second half as the locals tried to increase their advantage.