Second Division A - Day 29

Albacete moved to the top of the table pending Murcia's game on Sunday after drawing 1-1 at Las Palmas on Saturday evening. César Ferrando's side went ahead in the seventh minute when the second division's leading scorer Jesús Perera latched on to a pass from Peña. However Reggi and new signing Tomás both had good chances before the break, and five minutes after the restart Baiano headed an equaliser after Reggi's effort bounced back off the bar, beating keeper Cano who had replaced the injured Roa at half time. Las Palmas were not happy with a point though, which leaves them eleven points adrift of the promotion spots with two thirds of the season gone.

Levante consolidated their third position in the table with a 0-2 win at local rivals Elche, and they are now only two points behind Albacete. Although the locals were on top for much of the game, they lacked the necessary punch, and Rafa dealt comfortably with two efforts from Nino early on. The visitors took the lead midway through the first half when Ettien collected a pass from Cristian Díaz to beat Aizkorreta. The heavy rain made conditions difficult after the break, but soon after the substitute referee sent off Elche's Benja for a second booking, Chota finished things off after another cross in from Cristian Díaz.

Xerez kept alive their slim hopes of promotion, moving up to fifth in the table after beating Andalucian neighbours Córdoba 1-0. Bernd Schuster's side got off to the best possible start when Zárate beat Jauregui with a free kick in the second minute. The visitors came back though in the first half, Moisés heading against the bar and keeper Mora and then defender Selu clearing shots from Ramzi off the line. Moisés had a chance to level the scores from the penalty spot after the break when Gaitán brought the ex Sevilla striker down, but Mora guessed right and saved his kick. The result ends Córdoba's eight game unbeaten run, and they sink back down the table close to the relegation spots once again.

Eibar climbed away from the relegation spots with their second victory in a row, a last minute 2-1 win over fellow strugglers Compostela. Uranga headed the Basque side into the lead from Lediakhov's pass with a quarter of an hour on the clock, but the visitors felt themselves unlucky to be behind at the break after Lima and Vojvoda both hit the woodwork. Compostela's pressure paid off when Lima's free kick entered the net after bouncing off the bar and the back of keeper Riesgo ten minutes from the end, but Maikel scrambled a last minute winner to take his side above their opponents.

Leganés ended Poli Ejido's rise up the table with a 2-0 victory on Sunday lunchtime. With the wind behind their backs in the first half the Madrid based side tried their luck with long shots, and two minutes after scraping the crossbar, Miguel Angel beat a nervous Kike with a strike into the top corner of the net. David Prats and Patri both had chances to level the scores after the break, but Villa took advantage of a moment of indecision by Kike and Urbano to nip in and wrap things up near the end. Leganés manager Enrique Martín was shown a red card in injury time after being booked for a second time.

Murcia opened up a two point gap at the top of the table after beating Numancia 0-2 in the last game on Sunday night. Within twenty minutes of the kick off David Vidal's side were already two goals up, ex Numancia midfielder Tito setting up Acciari for the first headed goal with a free kick and then converting a penalty himself after Fagiani brought down Ismael. The second division's leading keeper Reinke kept out a dangerous free kick minutes later, but otherwise the Soria based side were no threat and Murcia extend their unbeaten run to six games. Numancia though are now only a point above the bottom four, having gone six matches without a win.

Earlier in the evening Zaragoza had kept up their push for a quick return to the top flight with a 3-1 win over Getafe. Paco Flores opted for youngsters Cani and Espadas up front, and the two combined in the third minute for Cani to open the scoring with a chip over keeper Pindado. Craioveanu won himself a penalty though at the other end five minutes later when brought down by Lainez, and he converted the kick himself to level the scores. The home side went in front again after the break when Kolmjenovic headed home a Galca corner, and although Craioveanu came close to a second equaliser, Cani connected with Vellisca's cross to volley in a third goal near the end. Zaragoza stay in fourth place, within a point of Levante, and a seven point gap has now opened up with fifth placed Xerez.

Tenerife dropped out of the running for the promotion spots after losing 2-1 at Badajoz, their first defeat under manager David Amaral. The home side had not won in their own stadium since the third of November, but they went in front early on when Joyce Moreno headed in Nene's free kick. Nene added a second goal himself midway through the first half, but the visitors got back in the game on the hour mark when Moreno gave away a penalty and earned himself a red card for stopping Martí's shot with his hand, Paunovic converting the resulting spot kick. But a sterling performance from keeper Baines kept out the Canary Islanders, despite the fact that Badajoz ended with nine men after Zafra picked up a second booking five minutes from the end. The Extremadurians move to within a point of escaping from the drop zone, and Tenerife are down a place to seventh, eleven points now away from the top three.

Racing Ferrol sank to rock bottom after losing 2-1 at Terrassa. The Gallician side have now gone seventeen games without a win, and are now seven points away from safety in last place in the table. Once again they started well though, and Toril put them in front with a long free kick in the first minute. The Catalans were missing eight of their first choice squad, but they came back later in the first half with goals from Monty and Juan Carlos. Monty hit the woodwork again after the break, but Maestro had to be at his best to save from Uche and Manel near the end. Both sides ended the game with ten men, Dot seeing red for the locals midway through the second half and Jaio following him a few minutes later after getting a second yellow. Terrassa ended the weekend in ninth place.

Salamanca came away from the Molinón stadium with a point after drawing 1-1 with hosts Sporting Gijon, a result which is probably just enough to keep manager Jorge D'Alessandro in his job, at least for another week or so. The team from the well known university town hardly approached the Asturians' goal all game, but they took the lead against the run of play just before the interval when the referee ruled that local keeper Valencia had fouled Quique Martín in the penalty area, the ex Villarreal midfielder scoring from the spot himself. Home team manager Antonio Maceda had left his star striker Villa on the bench, but he came on after the break and within three minutes his side were level, Rubén following up after the defence failed to clear an earlier shot. Visiting keeper Balbuena saved well from Christian Díaz and Villa to help his side to only their fifth point in seven games, and Sporting midfielder Juan picked up a second caution and was sent off near the end, as was Maceda (again) for insulting a linesman. Sporting are now tenth, three points above their opponents, but with the players upset about not collecting back wages they are not yet entirely out of the woods.

Almería and Oviedo played out a 1-1 draw, a result which keeps both teams down in the relegation zone. The home side piled on the pressure right from the start, and they got their reward on the half hour mark when Ortiz scored after Luna's header had been blocked. The Asturians came back though, and Yago headed an equaliser before the break following a corner. Ten minutes in to the second half Almería's Esteban was sent off for a second bookable offence, but keepers Barbero and Jonathan were both kept busy later on as the two teams battled for the win. Oviedo stay six points behind their opponents though, and although they move off the bottom above Ferrol, time is running out. .