First Division - Day 29

Numancia 2 - Racing Santander 3

Numancia: Juanma; Juanpa, Pignol, Otxoa (Palacios 60'), Tarantino; Pablo Sanz (Toché 68'), Tevenet; Miguel Pérez, Carlos Merino (Juan Carlos Moreno 46'), Juanlu; Pulpo González. 4-2-3-1.
Racing: Dudu Aouate; Moratón, Pablo Casar, Juanma; Regragui, Anderson Silva, Regueiro; Morán, Javi Guerrero (Torrado 80'), Benayoun (Parri 90'); Aganzo (Arizmendi 46'). 3-3-3-1.

Team changes: Numancia: Pablo Sanz, Tevenet, Pulpo González for Ros, Palacios, Miguel / Racing: No change.

1-0. 05. Pablo Sanz. Deflected soft shot from Pulpo González wide of Aouate.
1-1. 22. Regueiro. Ran in from left and shot in off bar from wide angle.
2-1. 40. Tarantino. Got on the end of long Miguel Pérez cross to turn ball in
2-2. 44. Aganzo. Header from close up after Morán free kick bounced past defence.
2-3. 53. Arizmendi. Ran on to Benayoun through ball and shot low past Juanma.

Racing Santander moved closer to safety after a 2-3 victory at bottom club Numancia, a result which took them ten points clear of the relegation spots . The hosts took the lead twice though, Pablo Sanz opening the scoring with a soft goal early on after Pulpo González played back a corner. Regueiro crashed home a spectacular equaliser after a run down the left wing, but Tarantino restored the lead with his first goal for his new side five minutes before the break, the on-loan Athletic Bilbao defender thereby celebrating his first call up for the Spanish under 21 squad.

Aganzo levelled the scores before the half time whistle though, taking advantage of a hesitant defence to head in from close up. And eight minutes after the restart his replacement Arizmendi ran on to Benayoun's pass to score what was to be the winner. Benayoun fired a long volley against the bar a few minutes later, and got himself involved in a rifi-rafi with keeper Juanma soon afterwards after falling in the area when tackled. The frustration of the local side was evident when Juanpa got himself sent off near the end for a high kick which left Morán with a cracked rib, and they ended the day one step closer to relegation.