Second Division A - Day 14

Only two games on Saturday evening in the second division, with none of the top ranked sides involved. Bottom club Las Palmas recorded only their second victory of the season, beating Córdoba 3-1 to move level with Albacete on points. Adrián scored opened the scoring from the penalty spot after he was fouled by Rubén midway through the first half, and the visitors were left with ten men soon afterwards when Pablo Ruíz picked up two bookings in quick succession. Adrian got his second of the night with a shot on the turn after the restart, and Nacho Casanova made it three with a shot in off the post before Arthuro headed home a late consolation from a last minute corner.

Alavés inched away from the danger zone after drawing 2-2 at Elche, although they felt unlucky not to come away with more after twice taking the lead. The Vitoria based side went ahead in the second minute after Samuel gave away a penalty which Raúl Sánchez converted, but ten minutes later Miguel equalised with a lob over the head of Bernardo. Gabri restored the lead with just under an hour gone after Astudillo and Toni Moral combined to set him up, and the visitors could have increased their lead before Pere Martí picked up Cobo's cross to level the scores once again five minutes from the end. (24.11.07)

Celta are in sixth place after drawing 1-1 on Sunday lunchtime against Gimnàstic, who ended the weekend in ninth spot. The Galicians have not won at home since López Caro took over from Stoichkov, and Calle put the visitors ahead midway through the first half after Pinto could only push out a shot from Antonio López. Roberto had to keep a few key saves to keep them ahead by the break though, and although Lequi was sent off for a second bookable offence late on, Rubén scrambled home a last minute leveller for the hosts after Roberto dropped a long free kick at his feet.

Real Sociedad set aside their institutional problems for a couple of hours, beating leaders Málaga 2-0 later in the evening to move up to eighth in the table. The Basque club are in disarray after their lady president resigned, and coach Chris Coleman said he would go if a new administration took over. They took the lead though in the tenth minute when Aranburu beat Goitia after Xabi Prieto's shot was blocked. And although Eliseu and Rossato went close for the visitors, a second booking for Eliseu left Juan Ramón Muñiz's side with ten men for the last quarter of the match, and Carlos Martínez took advantage to score a second goal later on.

Málaga stay top though after Numancia lost 0-2 to Granada 74, their second home defeat in a row. Luque put the visitors ahead in the ninth minute after picking up a pass from Aranda, and after that they sat back to defend. Del Pino headed wide and Julio Alvarez brought a good save out of Jaime either side of half time, but with ten minutes to go Luque set up Fagoaga for a second goal which takes the newly formed side away from the danger zone.

Sporting Gijón took advantage to move into second place, ahead of Numancia on goal difference, after a 4-2 win over Cádiz. The Asturians had not scored a goal at home in over two months, but within four minutes Kike Mateo beat Contreras after Barral headed on Pina's cross. Gastón Casas got one back a few minutes later, but Cádiz were left with ten men when Gonzalo Vicente was sent off for a foul on Pina, and soon after the restart Kike Mateo headed the locals back in front. Roberto saved a Casas penalty after the striker was brought down by Gerardo, and Diego Castro set up Luis Morán and then scored himself with a long shot to make it four. Still it was not over, Dani getting one back on the counter-attack and Casas and Castro getting sent off in injury time for fighting. Quite a match!

Sevilla Atlético held on to fourth spot after drawing 1-1 at Racing Ferrol, who have now gone eight games without a win. Jonathan Pereira put Varas to the test before opening the scoring for the Galicians in the eleventh minute, driving a shot past the keeper after a shot from Ceballos was blocked. However Cami gave away a penalty on Alfaro four minutes later which Juan Pablo converted, and Racing were left with ten men after Cami picked up a second booking on the hour mark and then Ceballos picked up a straight red near the end.

Hércules are up to seventh after a 0-3 win at Eibar. César headed them into the lead from a fifth minute corner, and Alba kept out De Olmo and Insa as the Basque side looked for the equaliser. With twenty minutes to go Juanma made it two on a quick breakaway, and Cámara wrapped things up for Andoni Goikoetxea's side in the last minute after a good team move.

Down at the bottom, Poli Ejido are on the verge of escaping the drop zone after a 1-0 win over Castellón. Toedtli got the only goal in the fourth minute following a corner, and the strong wind prevented their opponents from causing any problems until the second half. But Víctor Salas, Tabares and Mora all failed to convert chances for the visitors, and they, and ended the weekend only two points and four places above Poli in the table.

Xerez are still three points away from safety after drawing 1-1 with Salamanca, who have now gone seven games without defeat. Yordi gave the home fans hope when he converted a third minute penalty after Alvaro Jurado fouled Momo. But eight minutes in to the second half Quique Martín took advantage of a hesitant defence to equalise. Visiting substitute Bustos y local midfielder Momo were both sent off near the end for second bookable offences.

Albacete stay in next to bottom spot after they were held to a 0-0 draw by Tenerife. The Manchegans had the better of the first half, Juan Pablo having to save from calandria and Ferrón and Calandria having efforts cleared off the line. But the home side were left with ten men when Morán was shown a second yellow card midway through the second half, and Arruabarrena and Sicilia wasted chances to win it for the Canary Islanders late on, (25.11.07)