Second Division A - Day 10

Elche are up to fifth in the table after a late 1-0 win over Cádiz. Substitute Alberto made his first appearance in a year after a career threatening injury, and he headed the only goal from a Bellvis cross in the 96th minute to leave the Andalusians on the brink of the drop zone. Three players were sent off during the match by referee Hernández Hernández, Miguel with a straight red for the locals and Fleurquín and Cristian with two bookings each for the visitors, all in the middle of the first half. Cádiz also had a goal ruled out shortly before the break.

Racing Ferrol stay in sixth place after a dull 0-0 draw with Real Sociedad, who remain a point behind the Galicians in the table. Chris Coleman's side had the better of the first half, with Díaz de Cerio having a penalty claim turned down and Carlos Martínez a shot cleared off the line. Jonathan Pereira and Carlos Martínez both hit the post at either end after the restart, but in the end visiting keeper Riesgo ensured a point for Real with saves from Jaime Junior and Lamatina late on.

Tenerife are level with Real Sociedad after drawing 1-1 at Poli Ejido, who stay in the relegation zone as a result. Juli won the ball off Culebras to give the home side the lead in the second minute, but after that the Canary Islanders made all the running. Ayoze tested Alvaro Iglesias and Blanco and N'Diaye went close, but the home side appeared to be on their way to victory until Arruabarrena came on to take advantage of slack defending and level the scores near the end.

Granada 74 beat bottom club Las Palmas 0-1, a result which convinced local manager Juanito to throw in the towel and concentrate on his duties as sporting director. Torrecilla got what was to prove the winner after Nacho González could only parry Juanlu's free kick in the eighth minute, but Luque in particular could have increased the scoreline several times either side of half time. The midfielder also hitting the bar late on. Las Palmas now have to fins a new coach in time for next week's derby at Tenerife. (27.10.07)

Sporting Gijón drop down to third after losing 0-1 to Celta on Sunday lunchtime, their first defeat of the season. The Asturians had the better of the first hour or so, with Barral having a penalty appeal turned down and Landeira going close a couple of times. But Okkas took advantage of slack defending to beat Roberto midway through the second half, and Pinto was not really troubled in the visitng goal after that. It was a first away win for new coach López Caro, and the Galicians ended the weekend in seventh place.

Leaders Málaga lost 2-1 at Albacete later in the evening, their second defeat of the current campaign, although they still remain at the top of the table. The Manchegans are down in the relegation spots, but they gave Goitia some work before Calandria headed them in to the lead from Peña's cross soon after the restart. The visitors seemed to be back in the game after Alegre was sent off and then Salva equalised from the spot after Pablo Gil gave away a penalty in the first minute of injury time, but Barkero converted a second penalty after a foul by Welligton a couple of minutes later for the final result.

Numancia are up to second place after a last minute 1-0 win over Gimnàstic. The locals dominated the first half, Juan Carlos Moreno hitting the post and Roberto saving from Mario and Moreno, but the Catalans came back, Maldonado bringing a good save out of Jacobo and substitute Calle going close a couple of times. Gorka Brit got the only goal right at the end after Boris headed on Carmelo's cross, leaving Nàstic with only one point from their last five games.

Sevilla Atlético lost their manager Manuel Jiménez to the first team midweek after Juande Ramos moved to Spurs, but they are still in fourth spot after a 0-0 draw at Xerez. Despite the result keepers Chema (and later Poratos) and Javi Varas had plenty of work to do, but in the end both sides settled for a point which takes the locals out of the bottom four. The Andalusians have not won at home all season though and coach Miguel Angel Rondán handed in his resignation after the match. However it was turned down by the club, at least until they play neighbours and fellow strugglers Cádiz next week.

Castellón are back up to sixth after beating Alavés 2-0. With only a quarter of the game gone the locals were two up, Perico getting on the end of Pedro's cross to open the scoring and Rafita picking up a pass from Mario Rosas to make it two. Josu Uribe's side improved after the break, but Rafita could have increased the lead when he hit the bar later on. Alavés are now only a point above the drop zone.

The other two matches on Sunday both ended in high scoring draws, with Córdoba and Hércules finishing 3-3. César headed the visitors into the lead from a corner midway through the first half, but Arteaga picked up a pass from Ito to equalise before the break, and a Javi Moreno free kick and a strike from Asen turned the scoreline around after the restart. Blas Pérez got one back from the penalty spot though near the end, and Montenegro saved a point with a long free kick in injury time.

Eibar and Salamanca also shared the points in a 2-2 draw, a result which keeps the locals in the top half of the table and the visitors a point above the relegation spots. Postigo headed the away side into the lead from a David Rodríguez cross in the seventh minute, but Altuna equalised from Manel's centre soon afterwards, and Yagüe ran on to Altuna's pass to put the Basques in front with twenty minutes to go. Català headed home Zé Tó's cross though with a couple of minutes to go to level the scores once again. (28.10.07)