|Second Division A - Day 2|
Cádiz move to the top of the second division pending Sunday's results after coming from behind to beat Málaga B 1-3 on Saturday evening. The home side started well, and shortly after Merino hit the bar, Nacho cut in from the left to fire a shot past Navas. However veteran striker Oli made it all square before the break following Manolo Pérez's free kick, and Pavoni and Jonathan added two more after the interval to give the side a best possible start.
Cádiz take over from joint leaders Levante who were held to a 1-1 draw by neighbours Elche. As with many grounds this season, the pitch at the Ciudad de Valencia stadium had suffered from the summer's intense heat, and play was difficult. Both goals came in the second half, the visitors going ahead when Tito connected with Cuéllar's cross, and the visitors making it all square four minutes later when Nino headed in a centre from Zárate.
Rayo Vallecano got their first point of the season with a 0-0 draw at Xerez. The intense heat in the Chapín stadium in Jerez meant that neither side was very active, although Bolo hit the bar for the visitors and Mendoza wasted the best chance of the game for the hosts in the first half.
Big spending Leganés recovered from a two goal deficit at Las Palmas to draw 2-2 and take their second point of the season. The Canary Islanders were celebrating the inauguration of their new stadium, and went two goals up with strikes from Rubén Castro in the first half. But Enría and Domínguez made it all square within a few minutes of the restart, and Txiki could have won it for them with a shot against the bar later on. (06.09.03)
None of the teams who won on the first day were able to repeat the act on Sunday, leaving newly promoted Cádiz sitting proudly in first spot.
Last week's other joint leaders Getafe were held to a 1-1 draw by third placed Almería on Sunday lunchtime, a match watched by Betis striker Alfonso who gave his name to the stadium. The visitors played a defensive game but scored on the counterattack, Marcelinho Paulista beating Aragoneses after good work by Luna midway through the first half. Craioveanu equalised before the break though, and Getafe came close to taking the lead before Quique Medina was sent off by referee Pérez Pérez, after which their challenge died.
A goal five minutes in to injury time by Kiko Ratón saved a point for Tenerife in a 1-1 draw at Algeciras on Sunday evening. Armentano had given the South coast side the lead midway through the first half, and they felt they should have had another after the break when the ball appeared to cross the line in a goalmouth scramble. However the referee waved play on.
Another of the sides who won their first match, Eibar, were beaten 1-0 at Recreativo Huelva. Viqueira got the only goal of the game for the Andalucians just before half time, following up after Riesgo had saved an earlier shot. However Camacho was sent off for the locals twenty minutes from the end for a foul on Aitor, and Luque had to save the day as the Basque side came out looking for a point.
A similar scenario as well at Salamanca, where the locals beat Numancia by a single goal. Juan Pablo it was who put the locals ahead with a well struck free kick on the half hour mark. But referee García Delgado upset the crowd sending off Tomás with a rigorous red card in the second half and then refused to give a penalty when Escoda was brought down in the area.
Alavés got their first three points of the season with a 2-1 victory over Sporting Gijon, who are joint bottom together with Málaga B after losing both their opening games. The Asturians took the lead with a quarter of an hour gone through Ismael, but the locals equalised soon afterwards when Trotta headed home Pablo's free kick. Iván Alonso came on at the break for Alavés and almost immediately set up his namesake Edu Alonso for the winner. But Gaspercic had to be at his best to keep out the Sporting forwards later in the half.
Poli Ejido beat Terrassa by the same result to get their campaign off to a start as well. All three goals came in the last half hour of the game, with Serban and then David Prats putting the locals two goals up. Maikel got one back though when he headed home Cristian's free kick ten minutes from the end, setting up an exciting finish.
Córdoba were held to a 1-1 disappointing draw by Ciudad de Murcia in their first home game. New signing Pulpo González delighted the fans with an opening goal in the twelfth minute after Montenegro had hit the bar. However Aguilar levelled the scores half an hour later, and Héctor Font almost gave the visitors a win when he hit the post just before half time. (07.09.03)