Second Division A - Day 2

Zaragoza and Real Sociedad met again on Saturday, just three days after the Basque side knocked their opponents out of the cup. It looked as though Marcelino's side were well on their way to revenge when Ewerthon scored twice for the locals in the first ten minutes, the first a header from Arizmendi's cross, and the second with an angled shot past Zaparain. But second half goals from Marcos and Díaz de Cerio made it 2-2 in the end, leaving the Maños with only one point from their first two league matches. Real have four points, currently occupying the promotion spots together with Hércules and Rayo Vallecano, who drew 1-1 in the only other game on Saturday. Aganzo gave Rayo the lead in the twentieth minute, but an own goal by Amaya three minutes in to injury time saved a point for the Alicante based side. (06.09.08)

Four clubs top the table on maximum points after the end of day two. The surprise leaders are newly promoted Girona, who won 3-0 against another of the new sides, Alicante. Gabri got the first in the twelfth minute on a counter-attack, and the last with a late header from Dorca's cross, and the striker also set up Serra for the third in between. The visitors played most of the second half with ten men after Blanco picked up a second booking. Levante are just behind Girona though after a 1-2 victory at Murcia, who themselves have yet to pick up a point. Parri put the away side ahead from the penalty spot in the twelfth minute after Guerreiro fouled an attacker in the area, and although Mejía headed the equaliser later in the first half, Pedro Vega restored the lead near the end.

Xerez are level with Levante after they beat Albacete 2-1, despite having two men and their coach sent off before the break. Referee Hevia Obras awarded a dubious penalty for a foul on Tarantino in the eleventh minute, Alex Pérez converting the kick for the Manchegans. Local coach Esteban Vigo was shown a red card for protesting a couple of minutes later, and then Calle and visiting keeper were also sent off after clashing. Aythami equalised for the locals on the stroke of half time, and after Chema saved a twice taken penalty from Moreno, Antoñito put them ahead. Soon afterwards Mendoza saw the fourth red card of the night for a double booking. Eibar also have six points out of six after they beat Tenerife 3-2. All the goals came after the interval, Kome combined with Alfaro to open the scoring for the visitors before substitute Carlos Rubén got two for the locals, both from assists by Beltrán. Yagüe made it three from the penalty spot in injury time after he was brought down by Culebras, and Nino got a late consolation after that.

Castellón are just two points behind the leading group after they won 2-0 against Celta. Mario Rosas got both the goals to take his tally to four for the season, the first from the penalty spot after Rubén handled in the area midway through the first half, and the second after Arana set him up soon after the restart. The defeat leaves the Galicians down in the relegation zone, although they did have the consolation of winning in the cup midweek. Alavés are also on four points after a 1-0 victory over Córdoba, Igor getting the only goal with seven minutes to go with a shot from inside the area.

Córdoba ended the weekend in the bottom four together with Celta, Alicante and Elche, who were beaten 2-0 by Las Palmas. Marcos Márquez got both the goals in a twenty minute period around half time, and they held on despite Darino getting himself sent off for giving away a penalty on the hour mark. Santamaría saved Miguel's spot kick. The other two matches ended all square, Gimnàstic drawing 1-1 with Huesca after visiting forward Roberto cancelled out Redondo's earlier strike with only four minutes left on the clock. And Sevilla Atlético and Salamanca also drew 1-1, Perotti saving a point for the home side with an injury time penalty after Cohen had put David Amaral's side ahead. The Andalusians played over half the match with ten men after Oscar Ramírez was sent off for a foul on Botelho, who was the man who handled the ball to give away the late penalty. (07.09.08)