Second Division A - Day 15

Leaders Xerez extended their unbeaten run to 13 games after drawing 1-1 at Racing Ferrol. Visiting coach Lucas Alcaraz had to watch the match from the stands after his red card in the midweek cup tie against Zaragoza, and his side were pegged back right from the start by a Galician team who have the worst home record in the league. Juan Carlos hit the post early on, and the locals had a couple more chances before Julio Iglesias came out too far for a corner, and Baha's header was run over the line by Bordeau. Héctor and Granon both wasted chances to increase the lead either side of half time, but ten minutes in to the second half Camuñas levelled the scores when he got on the end of Mendoza's cross to beat Bouchard. Both sides had chances after that, Carlocho and Baha heading wide and substitute Guille bringing a good save out of the local keeper at the other end, but in the end they had to settle for a point apiece.

Valladolid moved up into the top three pending Sunday's games after a comfortable 0-4 win at Lleida. The hero of the night was Aduriz, possibly playing one of his last games for the club before a move to Athletic Bilbao. The Basque born striker opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the eighth minute after Unai fouled Llorente, and added a second around the half hour mark on a quick counter attack. The Catalans had hardly troubled Bizzarri in the first half despite having a lot of the play, but even with two changes at the break they were unable to find the route to goal. Aduriz completed his hat-trick with an angled shot past Rangel later in the second half, and then set up Losada for a fourth goal a few minutes later.

Four goals as well for Real Murcia, who beat bottom club Castellón 4-1 to end a run of five games without a win. After a nervous start Casuco's side went ahead when Carrera headed on a Julio Alvarez free kick, and Samuel picked up a pass from Pablo Sierra to add a second with a long shot midway through the first half. Iván Alonso headed Carrera's centre past Raúl Jiménez to make it three just five minutes after the restart, and although Raúl Sánchez pulled one back from the penalty spot after Marañón fouled Héctor, Alonso got his second of the night from a Kreuz corner in injury time.

Lorca and Tenerife drew 1-1 in the other match on Saturday evening, a result which leaves both sides in midtable. Visiting keeper Keleman had to be at his best to keep out efforts from Sava, De Carlos and Robles in the first quarter hour, but it was the Canary Islanders who opened the scoring with a Cristian Alvarez penalty after Toñito's hard cross hit Iñaki Bea on the arm. Robles almost put through his own net minutes later, but otherwise the locals continued to dominate and they squared the match when Alves caught Keleman off guard with a long free kick on the half hour mark. (03.12.05)

Levante moved back up to fifth spot, within three points of Valladolid, after thrashing Ciudad Murcia 6-0 on Sunday lunchtime. Congo gave Mané's side the lead in only the third minute when he touched Riga's shot over the line, and after Piti wasted a chance to equalise, Riga added two more in the next half hour, the first after Juanma laid the ball on a plate and the second with an individualist goal. Alexis headed home Sandro's free kick to make it four midway through the second half, Diego Camacho got a fifth with a cross come shot which caught Jaime off his line, and Ettien completed the "set" for the Valencia based side five minutes from the end. (04.12.05)

It was a high scoring weekend in the second division, with 34 goals in all between the eleven games. There were none at all though in a 0-0 draw between Recreativo and Málaga B, although the Huelva based side still hold on to second spot, three points behind leaders Xerez. The locals were left with ten men with less than a quarter of an hour on the clock after Ramón was sent off for a foul on Saúl, but they still dominated the first half and Viqueira hit the woodwork twice following a free kick. With several of their squad called up for first team duty the visitors were unable to break through a well ordered defence, and in the end they settled for a point. Recre coach Marcelino didn't see the final whistle though as he too was sent off for protesting in the second half.

Almería's run up the table came to an end after they lost 3-1 to an Albacete side who started the day in the relegation zone. After Saturday's results the pressure was on César Ferrando to turn things around, and his team came out full of motivation. Within a quarter of an hour they were two up, Pacheco firing a long shot back in to the empty net after Valerio could only push out Gato's cross, and Bauzá heading the second from close up after the keeper pushed Bermejo's header on to the bar. Gato added a third ten minutes from the end on a quick breakaway, and Galca got a late consolation for Paco Flores's side with a shot which Santi couldn't stop from entering the net.

Hércules were also knocked off their perch by last week's bottom club Poli Ejido, the 3-1 defeat leaving them back in ninth spot. The home side got off to a strong start with Vucko in particular testing Sergio Sánchez two or three times. And with ten minutes to go to the break Cristian put them ahead with an angled shot after Vucko's effort was blocked. Palacios turned a centre from Moreno into his own net to put the Andalusians two up after the restart, and he and Calado could both have increased the lead before Cámara pulled one back in injury time with a long shot. Almost immediately though Moreno restored the two goal lead on a breakaway to ensure the three points for his side.

Elche move above Hércules after coming from behind to beat Numancia 4-1, a result which cost the job of visiting manager Enrique Martín. The Soria based side got off to a good start when Tevenet headed Moreno's cross past Unanua on the quarter hour mark. But Frankowski turned the scoreline around single-handedly in the next twenty minutes, stealing in between two defenders to equalise and then picking up a pass from Cachorro to lob Nuñez and put his side ahead. The Polish striker completed his hat-trick after Nuñez could only parry Nino's shot after the restart, and after Tevenet was sent off for a second bookable offence, Peragón rounded things off with a fourth goal in the final minutes.

Sporting Gijón also move up the table to eighth after a 0-1 victory at struggling Eibar, the Asturians' third away win in a row. David Karanka headed what was to be the only goal of the match in the eighteenth minute after Jorge set him up, but Iñigo tested Roberto in the visiting goal soon afterwards. Sporting could have gone further ahead in the second half when they had an appeal for a penalty on Calandria turned down, and when Fagoaga cleared off the line from Jorge. However the locals felt themselves hard done by when the referee disallowed a late goal by Solabarrieta for what he considered to be a foul by Azkoitia on the keeper.

Finally Juan Ramón López Caro ended his spell as manager of Real Madrid Castilla in style with a 0-1 victory at Gimnastic Tarragona. López Caro was asked to take over from Vanderlei Luxemburgo as first team coach with immediate effect at the end of this match, and will be replaced by Miguel Angel Portugal as the B team manager from now on. Soldado gave the youngsters the lead when he ran on to a long ball to beat Alvaro midway through the first half, and the striker hit the bar in another attack after the break. Nàstic brought on new signings Morales and Ekpoki in the second half, and Rubén was lucky not to be sent off for an elbow on the Nigerian striker off the ball. But despite a couple of efforts from Bolo, Castilla held on to make it ten points from their last four games. (04.12.05)