Second Division A - Day 7

Tenerife returned to the top of the table pending Sunday's matches after beating Numancia 2-1 on Saturday evening. The game got off to a slow start on a warm evening, and the only action in a dull first half was when Maikel got on the end of Cristian's cross to open the scoring on the half hour mark. The visitors were left with ten men soon after the restart when Moreno picked up a second booking, but ten minutes later they equalised with a Tevenet penalty after César Belli fouled Pineda. Their joy only lasted a minute though before Maikel headed his second of the night from Cristian's corner, and numbers were evened up soon afterwards when Toni Moral also got his marching orders for a second yellow card. Even so the Soria based side could have saved a point if referee Arcas Piqueras had not disallowed a Jordi Navas goal for offside near the end.

Albacete's shaky start to the season appears to be behind them, a 2-3 win over Racing Ferrol taking them up to within two points of the top three. The Manchegans found themselves behind in the eighth minute when Aira headed home Granon's wide free kick, but Pacheco levelled the scores a few minutes later after the ball fell kindly to him following a failed clearance by Bourdeau. Granon missed a couple of chances to restore the lead, and ex Racing striker Mario Bermejo took advantage to kill off his old side with two goals in ten minutes, the first after picking up a pass from Mikel and the second after another bad clearance by Cobas. Baha got one back from the penalty spot in injury time, beating makeshift keeper Jordi Ferrón after Sanzol was sent off for a bringing down the Moroccan striker, but the final whistle went seconds later.

Hércules are level with Albacete on eleven points after a 0-1 victory at Lleida, who fell to their third defeat in a row. It was a dull match with few chances for either side, the best of the first half falling to visiting striker Moisés who headed wide. The Alicante side's manager Juan Carlos Mandía and his physio were both shown the red card for protesting with only a quarter of an hour gone, but otherwise there was very little to entertain the crowd before the break. Moisés got the only goal of the game twenty minutes from the end with a shot from the edge of the area, and the home side didn't trouble Moso until three minutes before the final whistle.

All in all Saturday was a bad day for the two Catalan teams, Gimnastic Tarragona also being beaten 2-0 at Poli Ejido. The locals had lost their last three games, but they went ahead in the second minute after Pedro Vega converted a penalty following a foul on Moreno. Toedtli and Víctor Salas came close to extending the lead, but Ismael and Bolo came close at the other end before Pinilla hit the post in another attack. Toedtli made it two after the restart when Cristian set him up, and hit the post later on, and Nàstic's only reply was a long shot by Carlos Merino which Bello Amigo kept out without too may problems. (08.10.05)

Xerez lead the second division after an extraordinary 2-6 win at fourth placed Ciudad Murcia in the last match on Sunday evening. The home side played almost all of the game with ten men after Raúl Pérez was sent off for cutting out a pass with his arm in the fifth minute, Dani Pendín slotting home the resulting penalty. Pedro Ríos made it two when he lobbed the keeper three minutes later, but Ciudad were awarded a penalty themselves a few minutes later after Castaño handled in the area, Luque converting the spot kick. García Granero restored the two goal lead before half time though after Ríos set him up, and Ríos himself made it four after connecting with Geijo's cross after the restart. Piti got another one back a few minutes later, but Pendín headed a fifth and Ismael completed the rout later on. There was still time though for another penalty for the locals, but this time Julio Iglesias saved Luque's kick.

Last week's leaders Real Murcia drop down to third in the table after drawing 1-1 at Elche. It was a lively match, with opportunities for both sides before Iván Alonso opened the scoring for the visitors following a corner in the sixth minute. Nino equalised soon afterwards with a shot on the run after Peragón played on Mario's cross, but Iván Alonso felt he should have given Murcia the lead again close to half time when he got the ball in the net only to have the strike ruled out for a foul on Noguerol. Nino and Ivars both tested visiting keeper Juanmi after the restart, but in the end there were no further goals.

Recreativo Huelva moved up to fourth with a 1-3 victory at promotion rivals Levante, who drop down below their opponents to eighth as a result. All four goals came in the second half, with Riga getting on the end of Ettien's pass to give the home side the lead just twenty seconds after the restart. Uche equalised from Cheli's cross though on the hour mark, and Viqueira beat Cavallero to put Recre ahead soon afterwards. Calle made it three from the penalty spot after Culebras fouled Aitor, and Cavallero saved a second penalty from Uche soon afterwards. Manchev hit the bar for the locals in the dying moments, but by then it was all over.

Valladolid are level with Recre after a last minute goal from Mario gave them a 1-0 win over Almería. The visitors started well but soon ran out of steam, and Víctor could have given the home side the lead with half an hour gone when he headed against the bar. Paco Flores's side closed ranks after the break to defend the draw, but Tote should have opened the scoring for the locals when he headed wide with the goal at his mercy. Llorente also missed a good chance near the end and it looked like the points would be shared until Mario headed home Capdevila's corner in injury time.

Sporting Gijón are just three points away from the promotion spots following a belaboured 2-0 victory over bottom club Castellón. The newly promoted side put up a good fight though despite having their keeper Raúl Jiménez sent off with just over a quarter of an hour on the clock for handling outside of the area. And it took the Asturians the best part of an hour to make the breakthrough, Calandria heading the opening goal from a Pablo Alvarez cross. Jorge got on the end of Juan's free kick though to make it two just five minutes later, and after that the game was over.

A late goal from Pepe Aguilar gave Lorca a 1-0 win over Málaga B, who drop into the relegation zone as a result. Both sides packed midfield from the start and chances were few and far between, Isaac and De Carlos going close for the locals but Calderón hitting the post with he keeper beaten for the visitors. Velázquez fired a shot wide of the post as the home side took charge ater the break, and Aguilar picked up a pass from Jorge Sánchez and chipped Javi Muñoz for the winner with twenty minutes to go.

Real Madrid Castilla moved above Málaga B and out of the bottom four with a 1-3 win at struggling Eibar. Visiting keeper Codina had to keep out Jaime early on, but Angelo put the youngsters ahead when he got on the end of Valero's free kick to beat Etxeberría, and Duque almost made it two when his cross bounced off the crossbar. The Basque side came back after the break, and Codina had to keep out Azkoitia and Manolo before Manolo picked up a pass from Garai to equalise. Javi García re-established the lead though when he headed another Valero free kick past the keeper, and with the home side throwing everything forward, De la Red picked up the ball after Jurado's shot came back off the bar to make it three. (09.10.05)