Second Division A - Day 6

Lleida moved back to the top of the second division pending Sunday's games after beating Córdoba 0-1, their third away win in a row. Arnal scored the only goal of the game after local keeper Jauregui gifted him the ball a quarter of an hour in, but Armentano had a hotly disputed penalty saved by keeper Eduardo after the break when the referee ruled that Pelegri had fouled Bilic which could have saved a point for the home side. The result keeps the Andalusians down in the relegation zone, and probably signals the end of the road for Córdoba's manager Esteban Vigo after his side have only picked up one point in five games.

Meanwhile Celta and Alavés cancelled each other out in a 2-2 draw in the other game on Saturday evening. Greek international Zisis Vryzas scored twice in the first quarter of an hour in his first start for the locals, the first a header from Canobbio's cross and the second after a cross from Angel. But Rubén Navarro pulled one back five minutes later after Pinto could only block a shot from Bodipo, and De Lucas made it all square before the break from the penalty spot after Angel brought down Bodipo. De Lucas hit the bar from around the halfway line after the restart, Angel got himself sent off for a second booking, Vryzas had a third goal disallowed for a borderline offside and Bonano saved a Juan Sánchez penalty in an eventful second half, but the scoreline remained unaltered. (02.10.04)

Cádiz and Recreativo shared the points in a 0-0 draw on Sunday lunchtime. Despite the result it was a lively game, with the home side having the advantage for most of the match, but the visitors coming close to snatching a win in the end. Dani Navarette was the most active forward, coming close on three or four occasions before the break, but substitute Calle and Uche could have secured the three points for the Huelva based side in the dying minutes.

Poli Ejido are the surprise new leaders after beating their neighbours Almería 2-0 on Sunday evening. The two goals came in the first minute of each half, Pedro Vega beating Valerio from a free kick only seconds after the kick off, and Toedtli making it two immediately after the restart after a mistake by Acasiete. Corona had a third goal disallowed later in the second half for offside, but the visitors did most of the attacking after that, and Jamelli was unlucky to see his late shot strike the crossbar.

Last week's top side Xerez drop to third after drawing 1-1 at Valladolid, although they did well to maintain their unbeaten record after having Roteta sent off for a second bookable offence with only half an hour on the clock. The home side took the lead in only the second minute when Aduriz got on the end of Sousa's cross to score his seventh of the season, but they wasted several chances later in the half and paid the price when Dani Pendín headed home Mena's long free kick four minutes after the restart.

Terrassa drop out of the promotion spots completely after losing 2-1 at Tenerife, who draw level with them on points. After a shaky start the Canary Islanders took control, and soon after Jesús Vázquez hit the post, Gavilán put them ahead with a shot from outside of the area. Cristo Marrero added a second a few minutes later after good work by Vitolo, and could have made it three before the break when his shot hit the crossbar. But the Catalans came back with a well struck free kick from Héctor early in the second half, and could have saved a point in the end.

Elche move up to fourth after a 1-0 victory over Eibar, their third home win in a row. Moisés got the only goal of the game in the twentieth minute, heading Luis Gil's cross past Iraizoz, but the visitors could have equalised either side of half time when Kike Mateo and Silva both tested Unanua. Luis Gil could have extended the lead though when he hit the bar from a free kick after the break.

Racing Ferrol are in fifth spot, equal with Elche on points, after defeating bottom side Real Murcia 3-1. The Galicians had not won at home all season, and they found themselves behind at the break after Munteanu beat Bello Amigo early on. Ten minutes after the restart though they were ahead, Granon turning in Bermejo's cross and Jaio heading home a corner. Both sides had a man sent off when De Palmas and Julio Alvarez were sent off for fighting, and Murcia were left with nine men when keeper Juanmi also picked up a red card for giving away a penalty on Bermejo, which the striker converted himself.

Two other newly promoted sides Gimnastic Tarragona and Pontevedra also won to move up the table away from the danger spots. Nàstic beat fellow strugglers Salamanca 0-1 to leave them further down in the bottom four having only picked up one point at home all season. The Catalans took the lead in the tenth minute when Iván Ania's free kick ballooned off the defensive wall over the head of Tom. Salamanca's best chance to level the scores came after the break when Tortolero gave away a penalty on Robert, but Oscar Arpón put his kick over the bar.

Pontevedra recovered from an early Güiza goal to come back and beat Ciudad Murcia 2-3. Navarro levelled the scores before the break and Rey put the Galicians ahead soon after the restart from a free kick before Güiza made it all square again with his second of the night. Both sides were left with ten men when Rivera and then Navarro were sent off, and Javi Rodríguez headed the winning goal for the visitors ten minutes from the end after good work by Casablanca down the wing. (03.10.04)

Málaga B beat Sporting Gijón 1-0 on Monday night to move out of the relegation spots to the detriment of Ciudad Murcia. The match was delayed 24 hours in view of the Málaga first team's fixtures at the Rosaleda stadium the day before, and local manager Antonio Tapia took advantage to include three of the first team youngsters in his side. The game though was a dull affair, and there were few chances until Ador got on the end of a corner to head past Roberto a quarter of an hour from the end. It was the first goal the visiting keeper had let in for four games, and it leaves the Asturian side in mid-table. (04.10.04)