Second Division A - Day 7

True to form in recent weeks, all three games brought forward to Saturday evening ended in draws. Leaders Levante were held to a 1-1 result by Tenerife despite taking an early lead after Congo was set up by Reggi. The Valenca based side could have scored more in the first half, with Reggi and debutant Rogerinho both going close. But Martín Posse equalised for the Canary Islanders after the break with an individualist goal, and Posse and Keko both tested Mora in the final minutes.

The same scoreline as well in Madrid, where Leganés and Rayo Vallecano cancelled each other out in their local derby. The visitors were looking to end their run of three defeats in a row and were on top early on, but Txiki hit the bar on a breakaway and Fede Domínguez beat Etxeberría with a long free kick ten minutes before the interval. Calandria got himself sent off though for the locals after picking up a second yellow card before the half time whistle, and Palacios hit the post for Rayo before Pulido levelled the scores in the second half.

Leganés have now drawn six of their seven matches, as have Xerez who drew 0-0 at Eibar. The Andalucians put out a defensive line up, and their keeper Unanua was called upon to save from Brit and Llorente in the first half. But the visitors came out after the break, with Borja having a goal disallowed and Jurado hitting the post, and only some first class saves from Riesgo kept out Dani Pendín, Etxabe and Calle in the closing minutes. (11.10.03)

Getafe and Recreativo played out a scoreless draw on Sunday lunchtime, the fourth tied match of the weekend. The locals had a couple of early shots at goal through Michel, but otherwise were held in check by a well ordered defence. An overzealous referee sent off visiting midfielder Enguix after giving him a second yellow card for taking a quick free kick on the half hour mark, and after that Recre manager Paco Herrera took off his sole forward Toedtli and gave up any pretext of trying to score.

Draws, draws and more draws in another dull round of matches this week. If two weeks ago there were a record nine games ending all square, this weekend they went one better with ten. Third placed Almería missed a golden opportunity to move to the top of the table after they were held to a 0-0 result by Salamanca on Sunday evening. Although the visitors had the best of the first half they had to play all the second half with nine men after Juanpa was shown a red card on the half hour mark and Raúl Gañan followed him a minute after the restart. Even so Almería were unable to take advantage, and they could even have lost in the dying minutes.

Later in the evening Cádiz also failed to retake top spot after they drew 1-1 with Elche. It was a lively match, and either side could have scored in the first half. But it was the locals who opened the scoring three minutes after the interval with an individualist goal from Pavoni. Jonathan Sesma should have made it two soon afterwards but he failed to beat Dani Mallo, and almost immediately Zahinos made it all square following a defensive error. The final few minutes were frantic, but in the end it was a point apiece which keeps up Elche's unbeaten record away from home and means Cádiz drop points at the Ramón de Carranza stadium for the first time this season.

The only fixture which didn't end in a tie was the one between Numancia and Terrassa, where the locals ran out 2-0 winners. The locals were on top throughout and took the lead on the half hour mark when Pineda headed Fagiani's cross past Morales. The ex Xerez striker got a second goal after the break to take the Soria based side up to fourth, level on 13 points with the top three. Terrassa drop to the bottom of the table as a result.

Alavés were another side who could have joined the leaders, but in the end they were held to a 1-1 draw by Algeciras. The Andalucians came to the Mendizorroza stadium to defend, but they caught their opponents off guard on the counter-attack when Jorge Zafra took advantage of a mistake by Pablo to beat Juan Pablo midway through the first half. Pepe Mel had left Iván Alonso, Rubén Navarro and Magno on the bench, but he brought all three on as the game wore on and the visitors held firm. Eventually it was Rubén Navarro who hit the equaliser after picking up a pass from Ibon Begoña. And in a flurry of activity at the end, Sequeiros hit the post for the visitors and Magno brought a last minute save out of Iñaki at the other end.

The same result as well between Sporting Gijon and Las Palmas, a game of two halves with the locals in charge for the first 45 minutes and the Canary Islanders taking over after the break. Both sides were left with ten men midway through the first half after Pablo Alvarez and Carmelo were sent off for fighting, and the Asturians took the lead when Dani Borreguero picked up a loose ball in the area to beat Quintana just after the break. Rubén took advantage of a mistake by Yago though to level the scores near the end, consolidating the Spanish under 21 striker's position at the top of the Pichichi table with seven goals, three more than his nearest rivals.

Ciudad de Murcia recorded their fourth home draw in a row, sharing the points with Poli Ejido who stay down in the bottom four. Visiting manager Quique Setién made several changes to his side and it paid off early on when Agostinho got on the end of Sabino's cross to open the scoring. Güiza equalised though for the locals from a Camuñas pass, and Camuñas himself gave the home side the lead shortly after the break after Héctor Font's shot was blocked. But Ciudad were left with ten men after keeper Tete brought down Sabino in the area, and although substitute keeper Toni Bernal saved the ex Osasuna striker's penalty kick, Calado made it 2-2 from a well struck free kick a quarter of an hour from the end..

Ejido's point keeps them level with Córdoba, who drew by the same score against fellow strugglers Málaga B. Both sides were looking for their first league victory of the season, but it was the visitors who raced into a two goal lead in the first half hour with a Pulpo González header from Platero's corner and a 30 yard shot from Sierra over the head of keeper Lara. Both sides were left with ten men when Soria for the visitors and then Iván Hernández for the locals were shown red cards, but Málaga B came back with a strike from Geijo and a Roberto Merino free kick to save a point. (12.10.03)