|Second Division A - Day 8|
Salamanca stay in top spot after coming from behind on Saturday evening to beat third placed Tenerife 2-3. Quique Martín gave the visitors an early lead, beating Luis García with a shot from the edge of the area. But Nino converted Kome's pass and then set up Juanlu for a second in a two minute period midway through the first half, turning the scoreline in favour of the Canary Islanders. Azkorra equalised again before the break though, and Quique Martín won it with a penalty on the hour mark after Héctor was sent off for handling in the area.
Zaragoza are up to second pending Sunday's games after thrashing Sevilla Atlético 0-4. Oliveira turned in Arizmendi's pass to open the scoring midway through the first half, and Gabi beat Vargas to make it two for Marcelino's team on the half hour mark. Before the interval López Vallejo saved an Igor penalty after Pignol brought down Muhammad inside the area, and less than a minute in to the second half Arizmendi headed the third from Braulio's cross. And Oliveira added the fourth from Arizmendi's cross to give his side their first away win in a year.
Xerez are level with Zaragoza in third spot after beating Las Palmas 1-0, Carlos Calvo getting the only goal from Calle's pass shortly before half time. It was the first time that the Andalusians had beaten the Canary Islanders at home in twelve games.
Castellón are just two points off the promotion spots after a 4-1 victory over local rivals Levante. Perico opened the scoring in only the second minute after Ulloa headed on a long throw, and youth international Emilio N'Sue scored two either side of half time, the first after Perico and Ulloa combined to set him up, and the second with an individualistic strike. Pedro Vega got on the end of Yago's centre to pull one back, but substitute Dani Pendín headed in Arana's cross to round things off near the end.
Real Sociedad are slipping further away from the top three however after drawing 0-0 at a rainy Girona, the fifth time they have shared the points this season. They were lucky to even come away with a point though after the Catalans wasted a string of chances, substitute Gabri in particular failing to beat Zubikarai two or three times late on. Real ended with ten men after Marcos picked up two bookings for diving in the area.
Lots of goals and drama down at the bottom of the table, where Murcia drop further down into the relegation spots after losing 4-1 to Alavés. Despotovic had given Javier Clemente's side the lead early in the second half when he headed in Aquino's corner, but Javi Guerra equalised soon afterwards, and the visitors went a man down when Lillo got himself sent off for a second bookable offence. With ten minutes to go Marc Pedraza headed in a corner to put the locals ahead, and after that strikes by Emilio Sánchez and Toni Moral left Clemente's job hanging by a thread.
Elsewhere Celta and Alicante cancelled each other out in a 2-2 draw, a result which enabled the Galicians to inch out of the relegation zone above Sevilla Atlético. Renan put Pepe Murcía's side ahead on the hour mark, but a mistake by Notario allowed Azkoitia to equalise a few minutes later. The keeper made up for his mistake saving a penalty after Fajardo had handled in the area, but Peña was sent off lashing out at an opponent, and a Francisco header appeared to have given caretaker coach Garitano a first win before Ghilas popped up in the fourth minute of injury time to save a point for the locals. (18.10.08)
Hércules and Elche drew 0-0 in their local derby on Sunday lunchtime, a result which took the home side back up into the promotion spots pending the evening games. Morán, Tote and Farinós all went close for the locals, but Elche's defence held fast for their third point of the season. It was good start for new coach Claudio Barragán, who took over from his boss David Vidal after the veteran coach was fired midweek. (19.10.08)
Rayo Vallecano failed to return to the top three though after they lost 3-1 to Gimnàstic on Sunday evening. Aganzo headed them into the lead with just over a quarter of an hour gone, but Víctor steered a shot wide of Cobeño to equalise soon afterwards. With eight minutes to go Redondo got on the end of a square pass from N'Gal to put the Catalans ahead, and Jandro wrapped things up in injury time after good work by N'Gal and Redondo.
It was Rayo's first defeat of the season, and Hércules are now the only unbeaten side after Huesca lost 1-2 to Albacete. Diego Costa and Merino put the visitors two up with only half an hour gone, the first with a low shot and the second with an individualist effort. Merino was sent off for a second bookable offence before the break though, and Roberto got one back at the start of the second half, but the Manchegans held on despite playing the last ten minutes with nine men after Peña was also shown a red card for a second bookable offence.
Meanwhile Eibar pulled away from the danger zone with a 1-0 victory over Córdoba. A first half Txiki penalty after Sutil was brought down by Pierini was enough to give the Basque side their first win in six games and take them above their opponents in the table. The Andalusians have only managed two draws in their last eight visits to the Ipurúa stadium, and the defeat is their first in six matches. (19.10.08)