Second Division A - Day 14

Third placed Xerez failed to take advantage of their Saturday kick off, their disappointing 1-1 draw at home to Almería probably meaning that they will be out of the promotion spots by the end of the weekend. Mena had given them hope with a first half penalty after the striker was fouled by Manolo, but Soria headed an equaliser from Galca's free kick a few minutes later. The hosts came out looking for a first win in four games after the break, but they could not find a way through a defence that has the best away record in the league to date. The only real chances in the second half fell to Mena for the locals and Espadas for the visitors, who played the last ten minutes with a man short after Galca was sent off for a second bookable offence.

Valladolid and Celta cancelled each other out in a thrilling 3-3 draw, the lead changing hands a couple of times before Sava's late equaliser for the visitors. Aduriz put the locals ahead in the third minute after a mistake by Contreras, but goals from Cannobio and Jandro in the next half turned the scoreline around. Hornos equalised before the break with a header which the Galicians claimed didn't cross the line, and the Uruguayan striker put his side back in front with his second goal of the night a quarter of an hour from the end. Sava came on though for the last ten minutes to level the scores once again and keep his side just a point ahead of their rivals and within two points of the promotion spots.

A last minute strike from substitute Bolo gave ten man Gimnàstic Tarragona a 1-2 win over Terrassa in their Catalan derby. The locals took the lead in the tenth minute with a spectacular strike from Monty from outside of the area, but Diego Torres equalised a quarter of an hour later following a corner. The game seemed to turn Terrassa's way seven minutes after the restart when Diego Torres was sent off for a kick on David Charcos, who had to be carried off on a stretcher. But the home side were unable to take advantage of their numerical superiority, and in the last minute the ex Athletic Bilbao and Rayo Vallecano striker fired a shot into the top corner of the net to steal away the three points. (27.11.04)

Elche moved up to second in the table pending the evening's games after coming from behind to beat Racing Ferrol 2-1. Yosu Uribe's side had the better of the first half, with Luis Gil and Alfredo both testing visiting keeper Bello Amigo. But Mario Bermejo gave a warning shot just four minutes after the restart, and twenty minutes later put the Galicians in front after Granon set him up. Alfredo levelled the scores somewhat fortunately though when his attempted pass to Peragón went straight into the net, and Nino got the winner three minutes later after controlling a cross from Rubén Suárez.

Eibar are still clear at the top of the table despite being held to a 1-1 draw by Lleida on Sunday evening. Both sides could have scored in a lively first half, Llorente and Mateo going close for the locals and Arnal having a goal disallowed for the visitors. The Basque side thought they were on their way to a sixth home victory in a row when second division Pichichi Llorente got his twelfth of the season just ten minutes from the end, but Dani Marín equalised with a deflected free kick a couple of minutes later. It was too much for Lleida manager Julio Rubio, who was sent off for protesting before the end.

Cádiz closed the gap on them to three points though after a 0-2 win at bottom club Córdoba. Some 2,500 fans made the trip to watch their side take the lead through Dani Navarrete midway through the first half, his free kick finding a way through a crowded goalmouth. Córdoba's new manager Crispi made attacking changes at the break, and Villa and Oscar Pérez both wasted chances to level the scores. And with the game already in injury time, substitute De Gomar wrapped things up for the visitors in a rapid counterattack.

Alavés missed out on a chance to overtake Elche when they drew 3-3 at Salamanca. Dmitri Piterman's side went behind in the fourth minute when Robert turned in a cross from Deus, but Rubén Navarro forced an equaliser soon afterwards with a little help from Aurelio. With a quarter of an hour gone Bodipo put the Vitoria based side ahead, and Rubén Navarro could have made it three when he hit the bar. The visitors were left with ten men though when Nené picked up a second booking just before the break, but Bodipo got his second goal just four minutes after the restart. In the end though the numerical superiority paid off, and Robert and Gorka Brit beat Bonano later on to save a point for their side.

Poli Ejido bad run continues, and they moved further away from the top spots after losing 1-2 to Málaga B, their seventh games in a row without a win. Their opponents had also gone six games since their last victory, but they took the lead in the sixth minute when Paco Estaban got on the end of a free kick to beat Kike. Toedtli headed the equaliser on the stroke of half time from Canito's cross, and Pedro Vega hit the woodwork twice after the restart as the locals pushed forward. But three minutes from the end Alberto was there finish off after Kike saved from Esteban for a much needed three points for his side.

The bottom four all failed to win, and a three point gap has opened up between them and the rest of the pack. Mario Husillos took over as caretaker manager at Real Murcia, but ended up joining two of his players in the early bath after his side threw away a one goal lead to lose 2-1 in the last minute at Tenerife. Iván Alonso had put the visitors ahead from the penalty spot in the eighth minute after Jesús Vázquez handled in the area, but Keko equalised in the second half after Bombarda set him up just a few minutes after Varela had been sent off for a foul on Del Gobo. Keko missed a penalty a few minutes later after Maciel had been fouled by Vázquez, but with Murcia down to nine after Sietes was shown a second yellow card, LaPaglia headed the winner in the fourth minute of injury time. Referee Arcas Piqueras had to be escorted off by the police to protect him from the visiting players.

Real Murcia's city neighbours Ciudad Murcia (who they meet next week) were two goals up against Recreativo, but they too had a man sent off and ended up drawing 2-2. Toni González thought he had scored for the South East coast side on the half hour mark following a corner, but the referee ruled that the ball had not crossed the line. A minute later though he made sure with a shot from outside of the area, and before the break Güiza had added a second. Defender Raúl Pérez was sent off though for a second bookable offence soon after the restart, and Rosu scored twice in the next ten minutes to square the match.

Pontevedra have still to win at home this season after they were beaten 1-2 by Sporting Gijón, and they slip further down into the relegation spots. Young striker Omar put the Asturians ahead after a lapse by the local defence midway through the first half, and only an excellent display by local keeper Mora prevented the scoreline from getting any bigger before the break. Sporting lost Pablo Lago to a second yellow card on the stroke of half time, but even so Isnael got a second for the visitors from the penalty spot after the restart. Charles headed a consolation goal following a corner in the last minute, but it was too late to save the result. (28.11.04)