Second Division A - Day 13

Salamanca moved up to second in the table pending Sunday's games after coming from behind to beat Albacete 4-1. Parri got on the end of a Carlos Peña cross to put the visitors ahead in the sixth minute, but Quique Martín equalised with a well struck free kick five minutes later, and Martín and Zé Tó both tested Valbuena again before the break. Martín set up Braulio for him to give the locals the lead two minutes after the restart, and it was Martín again who converted a penalty with a quarter of an hour to go after Braulio had been fouled. And Oscar Arpón got the fourth with an angled shot a couple of minutes later to extend the newly promoted side's unbeaten run to six games.

Sporting Gijón also move up to the promotion spots, just ahead of Real Murcia thanks to the higher number of goals scored, after beating Hércules 1-0. David Barral got the only goal of the game midway through the first half from a long free kick, but Juanlu brought a couple of good saves out of Roberto at the other end before the break. The Asturians controlled the game during the second half, although Hércules could have equalised in the last minute had Roberto not saved an Ariel free kick. It was third win in a row for Manolo Preciado's side, and a first defeat for the visitors after they themselves had won their last three games.

Poli Ejido missed out on a chance to join the Asturians after a 1-2 defeat at the hands of neighbours Almería, their first loss in seven games. Both sides had chances before Paco Esteban gave the locals the lead in the eighth minute following a mistake by the defence. Just a couple of minutes later though the visitors equalised, Crusat beating Kike with a shot from the edge of the area, and it was end to end stuff until Michel won it for Almería with a free kick early in the second half.

Cádiz came within a minute of a first win under new coach José González, but in the end had to settle for a 1-1 draw in their visit to Ciudad Murcia. Saizar and Gibanel went close for the home side early on, but De Paula picked up a pass from Lucas Lobos to beat Jaime with just over half an hour on the clock. Armando and his defence kept out Saizar and Falcón after the break, but with the game already in injury time Goitom got on the end of Manolo's free kick to head home the equalizer and maintain his side's unbeaten home record.

Las Palmas climbed out of the relegation zone after a 1-0 win over fellow strugglers Castellón. The visitors had the better chances in the first half, Dani Pendín and Tabares both testing Pindado. And the local keeper had more work to do after the restart before Marcos Márquez controlled a cross on his chest, lifted the ball over two defenders and volleyed home the winner with ten minutes to go. (18.11.06)

Xerez hold on to top spot after a 1-1 draw with Real Murcia on Sunday lunchtime. The visitors could have taken the lead in the first half when Iván Alonso had a goal disallowed for a previous foul, and the striker headed wide soon afterwards. Yordi headed the Andalusians into the lead early in the second half though, the referee allowing the strike to stand despite a possible foul on keeper Notario, who had to have a head wound attended to. But the visitors equalised with a hotly disputed penalty which Moreno gave away twenty minutes from the end, Samuel converting the kick to keep his side on track for promotion.

Valladolid are up to second after a 1-0 win over Tenerife later in the evening, their fifth victory in a row. The home side were on top throughout, with Llorente, Víctor and Baraja going close before Borja gave them the lead after Llorente set him up midway through the first half. Visiting keeper Bernardo was the star after that, stopping efforts from Alvaro, Rubio, Llorente and others before the final whistle, but he couldn't prevent his side's third defeat in a row.

Real Madrid Castilla move up to the top half of the table with a 0-3 victory over Ponferradina, who drop into the relegation zone as a result. All three goals came from youth internationals, with Mata opening the scoring with a chip over keeper Rubio midway through the first half. Borja Valero made it two with a low shot on the hour mark, and Rayco rounded things off for Michel's side with the third goal after a good team move near the end.

Ponferradina are now just a couple of points above Elche, who finally saw some light at the end of the tunnel with a 2-1 win over Málaga. Calleja and Salva had the best chances for the visitors before the break, but Carlos Bellvis put the home side ahead ten minutes after the restart with a low shot from the edge of the area. Local keeper Caballero saved from Hidalgo, and a minute later Michel headed Joaquín's cross past Arnau to make it two. Salva got one back for the financially strapped side, but in the end they could do no more.

Vecindario stay bottom despite a 1-1 draw away at Lorca, the Canary islanders' first point away from home. The visitors should have been ahead by the break, but they were unable to break down a well ordered defence. And substitute Iván Anía volleyed the locals ahead with a quarter of an hour to go, just a few minutes after coming on. Michel saved a point with the equalising goal in the 90th minute though, and Vecindario held on despite having Marcos Suárez sent off for a second bookable offence.

Numancia kept their heads above water with a 1-1 draw against Alavés, a result which keeps them two points above the drop zone. Both sides had chances before Aloisi set up Ogbeche with a free kick to put the visitors ahead with just under half an hour gone. The Vitoria based side hit the woodwork twice with efforts from Jandro and Brandán before that, but Fukuda was unlucky to have a penalty awarded then ruled out for offside soon afterwards. The Japanese forward did equalise twenty minutes from the end, and Moreno almost won it for the locals when he hit the post with a free kick late on. (19.11.06)