Second Division A - Day 27

Cádiz moved back to the top of the second division on goal difference pending Celta's game on Sunday after drawing 1-1 at local rivals Recreativo. Enrique gave the visitors the lead midway through the first half with an individualist goal, and only a couple of good saves from Luque prevented Abraham Paz and Jonathan Sesma from going further ahead. But Ramón levelled the scores just after the half hour mark following a corner, and after that the hosts took control. Uche tested Armando either side of half time, and Azkorra and Benítez could both have given their side the three points later on. It was a third draw in a row for Cádiz, who remain five points ahead of their neighbours.

There was only one other game on Saturday evening, Terrassa and Tenerife playing out a 0-0 draw. Despite the result it was a lively game, with both sides creating several chances. Maikel could have scored early on for the home side but shot wide when free on goal, and Quique Martín and Juan Carlos both went close before the break. Local keeper Morales had to be at his best though to keep out a couple of efforts from Keko, and substitute Raúl Martín hit the post for the Canary Islanders in injury time. A disappointing results for both though, and the local fans booed off manager Juanma Lillo and his players at the end. (05.03.05)

Celta opened up a three point lead at the top of the second division after beating Alavés 0-3 in a match which ended in a blizzard. There was already snow on the ground at the start of the match, and Jandro took advantage of the slippery conditions to catch Bonano out with a long shot in the tenth minute. Pinto made good saves from local strikers Bodipo and Rabén Navarro, but injured himself just before the break and had to be replaced by Quintana. But the reserve keeper had little work to do, and Jandro wrapped things up scoring two more goals later on to complete his hat-trick, the first after a pass from Canobbio and the second after a run through a snow-filled penalty area. The result makes it six wins in a row for the Galicians and six defeats in a row for Dmitri Piterman's side.

Eibar moved up to third with a game in hand after thrashing promotion rivals Elche 5-2 on Sunday evening. The Basques went ahead in the fifth minute when Kike Mateo scored on the follow up after Unanua saved from Varela, and although manager Mendilibar was sent off after picking up two bookings early on, his side added two more in three minutes around the half hour mark, Llorente heading home a Cifuentes cross and Karmona firing in a third from a corner. David Silva picked up a pass from Cifuentes to make it four on the hour mark, and when Corredoira combined with Mateo to score a fifth just three minutes later Medilibar decided to rest some of his players for their midweek game with Córdoba. The visitors took advantage after that to make the scoreline look more reasonable, Txiki scoring with a long shot and Azkoitia heading another late on.

Xerez and Valladolid cancelled each other out in a 0-0 draw, a result which does little to further the promotion hopes of either team. The home side should have gone ahead in the first minute when awarded a penalty for a dubious foul by Marcos on Pedro Rios, but Bizzarri turned Lekic's kick on to the post. Camuñas missed a chance for the locals later on, and Lekic fired another effort against the bar before the break. The visitors also had their chances though, Figueredo failing to convert the best of them in the first half and Tete keeping out a couple of efforts from Aduriz after the restart. In the end though a point each which at least keeps up the hosts eight match unbeaten run under new coach Enrique Martín.

Gimnastic Tarragona kept up their recent good run with a 2-0 win over Salamanca, and with ten points now from their last four games they join the group chasing the three promotion spots. Manolo gave the Catalans the lead on the half hour mark, firing a shot past Tom after the defence failed to clear Iván Ania's cross, and Zé Tó and Jaime both wasted chances to level the scores before the interval. Abel Buades wrapped things up though with twenty minutes to go following a corner for a result which signalled the end for Salamanca coach Felipe Miñambres, who was offered a seat in the back office by his management a day or so later to make room for the return of Andoni Goikoetxea.

There was a 2-0 win as well for Sporting Gijón against Málaga B, the Asturians tying things up with both goals in the first quarter of an hour of the game. Dani Borreguero started things off in the fourth minute after Calandria set him up, and Calandria got the second himself with a shot which keeper Goitia should probably have stopped. Ismael could have increased the lead had his strike not been ruled out for a previous foul soon afterwards, and local keeper kept out a shot from Castro shortly before the break, the only real effort by a visiting side who played the last quarter of the game with ten men after Rubén was shown two yellow cards.

Almería and Poli Ejido drew 1-1 in their local derby match, a result which left the home side just above the relegation spots only thanks to a better goal difference than the teams below them. Either side could have scored in a battling first half, but it was the visitors who took the lead midway through the second half when Vucko headed Mara's cross past Cano, who had replaced the injured Valerio at the break. The Croatian striker was sent off though after picking up a second booking for taking his shirt off in the celebrations, and Luna picked up a pass from Iban Espadas to square the match just four minutes later.

Real Murcia beat Racing Ferrol 1-0 to move to within the brink of climbing out of the bottom four, and they are now level on points with Salamanca and Almería. New coach Casuco was making his home debut, and his side had a great chance to take an early lead when Bello Amigo brought down David Karanka with less than a minute gone, earning the keeper a red card into the bargain. However Bello's replacement Escalona stood his ground and kept out Karanka's spot kick. The hosts did take the lead though a quarter of an hour later when Richi picked up Karanka's pass to score, and although Bayarri hit the bar and Olave had to make a couple of important saves, they held on for the three points. Oh, and Murcia's Luismi was sent off in the last minute for a second bookable offence.

Real Murcia's city neighbours Ciudad Murcia threw away a two goal lead at Pontevedra though, drawing 2-2 in the end to drop two points behind their rivals. The visitors went two up within a quarter of an hour of the kick off, Luciano heading home a corner and Güiza beating the offside trap to round Moso and score. Luciano missed a chance to make it three soon afterwards, but a couple of minutes later Capdevila pulled one back after Javi Rodriguez's effort came back off the post. Miki kept out Juan Jesús before the break, but he could only parry a Rey free kick after the restart, allowing Javi Rodríguez to equalise on the follow up.

The draw leaves Pontevedra back in last place after last week's bottom side Córdoba came from behind to beat Lleida 1-2. The Catalans took the lead in only the first minute when Sergio Rodríguez beat Saja with a long shot. And although Nakor and Sergio could have increased the lead, the Andalusians gradually took control and equalised through Villa ten minutes after the restart. The locals were left with ten men when Bruno Saltor picked up a second booking ten minutes from the end, and Cristian Alvarez took advantage to fire home Ruano's cross from close range for the winner. (06.03.05)