Second Division A - Day 8

Numancia moved up to second pending Sunday's games after a last minute 2-1 win over Real Sociedad. Nagore headed the locals into the lead somewhat against the run of play from Moreno's ninth minute corner, but Díaz de Cerio equalised a quarter of an hour in to the second half following Xabi Prieto's free kick. The match appeared to be heading for a draw, but in the second minute of injury time Carmelo combined with Del Pino to force the ball over the line for the winner.

Hércules missed out on a chance to close up on the promotion spots after they were beaten 2-1 by Alavés. Aganzo got both goals for the Vitoria based side, the first midway through the second half with a low shot past Unai Alba, who had made several good saves up to that point. César headed the equaliser from a corner three minutes later, but two minutes from the end the defender brought down Aganzo, who slotted home the resulting spot kick himself.

Two managers took over their new charges this week, but neither were able to win. López Caro replaced Hristo Stoichkov at Celta midweek, but his side could only draw 1-1 at bottom club Albacete. Jorge opened the scoring for the Galicians with half an hour on the clock follwing a corner, but Morán equalised five minutes in to the second half after Calandria laid back Tena's cross. Either side could have won it after that, Mainz having a goal disallowed soon afterwards, and Perera hitting the post in the final minutes.

B team coach Antonio Calderón took over from García Remón at Cádiz, but they were beaten 1-0 by a Poli Ejido side who move out of the relegation zone as a result. Mario Bermejo got the only goal of the game in the eighth minute after he was set up by Moreno, who was a constant menace for the visiting defence. Casas had a goal disallowed and went close a couple of times, but Bezares and Vicente were sent off for the visitors in the second half, and local defender Curro Vacas followed them down the tunnel near the end.

Later in the evening Sevilla Atlético moved up to fourth after a 0-1 victory at Las Palmas. Local keeper Nacho González made a top class save from an Armenteros overhead kick with less than a minute gone, but that was about the only action until Moreno set up Alfaro to beat the keeper a quarter of an hour from the end. The Canary Islanders stay in next to bottom spot, and the fans called for the head of coach Juanito after the final whistle. (13.10.07)

Málaga's perfect record came to an end when they were beaten 2-0 by Elche on Sunday evening. Noel-Williams went close for the locals before Miguel chested back a Víctor Gómis cross, allowing Fajardo to open the scoring shortly before half time. And Miguel got the second just three minutes in to the second half after Noel-Williams set him up. López Muñiz brought on Salva after that, but even the ex Spanish international could not break down a well ordered defence. The defeat ended the Andalusians' run of seven league and two cup wins in a row, and take David Vidal's side up to fifth.

Earlier in the evening third placed Sporting Gijón were held to a 0-0 draw by Racing Ferrol, who themselves drop down to fifth. The star of the match was undoubtedly Ferrol's keeper Queco Piña, who saved from Barral and Kike Mateo before the break, and Andreu afterwards. Mateo also hit the post after the restart, but there was no way through. The Galicians have yet to lose away from home.

Eibar are just a point behind Racing though after a 2-0 win over Granada 74. Jaime and Cuéllar were in action in the first half to keep out Goiria and Saizar, but twelve minutes in to the second half Altuna picked up a pass from Codina to give the home side the lead. And later in the second half Del Olmo latched on to a loose ball in the area to score a second goal and put the game beyond the visitors' reach.

Xerez and Gimnàstic drew 2-2 in a game with three penalties, the first to the locals in the opening minutes scored by Yordi after visiting keeper Roberto was sent off for bringing down the veteran striker. Aguilar hit the bar a few minutes later, but then turned villain when he handled in the area on the stroke of half time, Campano converting the resulting penalty. A De Carlos strike from Campano's free kick turned the scoreline around, but Nàstic were left with nine men when Oscar Rubio picked up a second booking, and with a minute to go De Carlos gave away a third penalty on Antoñito which Michel converted.

The other two games on Sunday finished all square as well, with Castellón and Tenerife drawing 1-1 in a match in which Cerro Grande showed thirteen yellow cards, as well as sending off local coach Pepe Moré, who had to be held back to prevent him hitting the referee at the break after he disallowed a goal by Reggi on the stroke of half time for a previous foul! Ayoze put the Canary Islanders ahead in the second minute with an impressive volley, but Cerro awarded a hotly disputed penalty to the locals for a foul by Manolo Martínez on López Garai early in the second half which Mario Rosas converted.

The match between Córdoba and Salamanca also ended 1-1, not enough to take the visitors out of the drop zone. The locals suffered a serious blow in the seventh minute when keeper Julio Iglesias picked up a serious injury, but his replacement Valle saved from Català soon afterwards. Otherwise though the locals were on top, and ex Spanish international Javi Moreno put them ahead form the penalty spot a few minutes after the interval. David Rodríguez equalised though following an injury time corner to save a valuable point for the visitors. (14.10.07)