|Second Division A - Day 3|
Two goals from Keko on Saturday night gave Tenerife a 2-1 win over Recreativo and took the Canary Islanders to the top of the second division pending Sunday's games. The ex Terrassa striker opened the scoring in the twelfth minute when he found the top corner of the net after losing his markers, and added a second from the penalty spot ten minutes before the break. The visitors pulled one back though before half time when Djukic turned Viqueira's free kick past his own keeper, and the Canary Island defenders had to be at their best after the break as Recre pushed forward for the equaliser. Both sides ended the match with ten men after Merino for the visitors and then Aarón for the hosts picked up second bookings.
Second placed Getafe were held to a 1-1 draw at Málaga B, who picked up their first point of the season as a result. It was not a great match though, with both keepers only being tested once or twice in the first half. Manolo headed the locals into the lead from Feijo's cross early in the second half, but Michel made it all square with a shot across keeper Goitia a few minutes later.
Elche and Xerez also drew 1-1 in their Saturday evening fixture. The locals took the lead on the quarter hour mark when Nino headed home Zárate's corner, and only a couple of good saves from Unanua prevented García Granero and Kiko Torres from adding a second. But Calle hit the bar as the visitors took control of the game again, and Mena beat Dani Mallo with a second half free kick to level the scores. Elche's García Granero was sent off two minutes from the end for a second yellow card.
Rayo Vallecano finally got their first win of the season, beating Poli Ejido 3-1 to move out of the relegation zone. The first goal came with half an hour on the clock when Rayo's exciting new youngster Marqués rounded Llorens and set up Bolo to head past Kike. Three minutes in to the second half Palacios took advantage of the fact that Llorens was off the field being treated for an injury to lay on a pass for Peragón to score a second, and the Madrid based side seemed to be home and dry. But a Calado free kick took a wicked deflection off the defensive wall to wrong foot Segura, and De Nigris had the opportunity to equalise soon afterwards but shot wide. Immediately afterwards play went up the other end, and Peragón finished things off on the follow up after Geni's shot came back off the post. (13.09.03)
Numancia moved up to fourth place after a 2-0 win over Las Palmas on Sunday lunchtime. The Soria based side were in control for much of the game, and shortly after Juan Carlos Moreno had an early penalty appeal turned down, Jaime Molina gave them the lead heading past Quintana from Moreno's corner. The visitors hit the post with a Pedro Vega free kick in the opening minutes of the second half, but otherwise Numancia kept them under wraps, and Miguel Angel Nuñez latched on to Moreno's pass to put the result beyond doubt two minutes from the end. Both sides had a player sent off, Las Palmas midfielder Jotha picking up two cautions in a minute midway through the second half, and local defender Velasco being shown a straight red right at the end.
Leganés lined up once again with ten Argentine nationals in their side, but for the third time in a row they were held to a draw, this time by Levante. The new signings have yet to catch on, and once again there were only 2,500 spectators at Butarque for this late morning kick off. However, despite the 0-0 scoreline it was an entertaining match, and only the woodwork and some good goalkeeping kept the scoreboard inactive. The visitors hit the bar twice either side of half time, the first a shot from Jofre and the second a free kick from Cuéllar, and Leyenda had to make an important save from Limones near the end. But the last chance fell to the home side, Mora doing well to stop a hard shot from Vitali.
Newly promoted Cádiz moved back above Tenerife to the top of the table after defeating Terrassa 2-0 on Sunday evening, and they are the only side to record maximum points from their first three games. There was a 14,000 capacity crowd at the Ramón Carranza stadium, and they were delighted when Dani Navarrete struck a spectacular shot into the top corner of Maestro's net in the thirtieth minute. Terrassa struck back timidly, with Molist going close, but twenty minutes from the end Navarrete raced down the right wing to set up Jonathan Sesma for the second and final goal. The result left the Catalans down in the relegation zone with only one point, and Miguel Alvarez became the first managerial casualty of the season when he was fired a couple of days after the match.
Almería moved up to second place, level on seven points with Tenerife, after beating Alavés 2-1. Luna put the Andalucians in front midway through the first half after Francisco set him up, and the two combined for Jorge Pérez to make it two a quarter of an hour in to the second half. Visitng manager Pepe Mel went for broke, throwing on forwards Rubén Navarro and Vucko to join Kiko and Iván Alonso up front, but found himself with ten men after Galván was shown a red card. Even so Kiko pulled one back from the penalty spot in the dying minutes after Lago brought down Vucko.
A topsy-turvy match at the Molinón stadium, where Sporting Gijon climbed off the bottom of the table with a last second 3-2 win over Algeciras. Bayarri headed the visitors into the lead ten minutes before half time, but the Asturians turned the result around with two penalties converted by Bilic either side of the interval, the first after a dubious foul on the Serbian striker and the second after Ismael was brought down in the area. Substitute Zárate came on and headed an equaliser though within seconds of making his appearance, leaving the game in the balance. But the Asturians needed a win after failing to take a point in their first two matches, and after Javi Fuego and Miguel both hit the post, Miguel intercepted Gustavo's back pass to beat Julio Iglesias in the fourth minute of injury time.
Eibar and Córdoba drew 0-0 in a match which both had their opportunities, but nobody was able to find the net. The early chances fell to the visitors, with Lambea clearing one effort off the line and Pablo Sierra wasting a free kick on the edge of the area. But inspired by Gorka Brit the Basques fought their way back into the game, the on-loan Osasuna striker shooting just wide twice before the break and failing to find the a strike partner to finish off his crosses after the restart. However the Andalucians came closest to winning the game later on, Norway's Christer George failing to score when through in front of Riesgo and then hitting the bar a few minutes later with the keeper beaten.
Ciudad de Murcia and Salamanca drew 1-1 in the last fixture of the weekend. Both goals came in the first half, with the home side taking the lead through Godino on the follow up after Turu Flores had set up Camuñas and Stelea had saved from the striker. Raúl Sánchez headed the equaliser though from Tuni's cross before the break, depriving Juan Manuel Lillo's side of a first ever victory in the second division A. They now have three points having drawn all their opening games by the same score. (14.09.03)