Second Division A - Day 9

A last minute goal from Ewerthon gave Zaragoza a 2-1 victory over Xerez, taking them to the top of the table, above leaders Salamanca pending their game on Sunday. The two teams started the day level on points, but Oliveira put Marcelino's side ahead early in the second half, beating Chema at the second attempt after the keeper saved his first shot. However Antoñito headed the equaliser for the visitors a few minutes later, and it looked as if the match was heading for a draw before the Brazilian forward struck.

Rayo Vallecano are up to third, just a point behind the top two, after a convincing 4-1 win over Eibar. Enguix opened the scoring in the first half with a cracking shot from outside of the area, and Aganzo added a second ten minutes after the restart after Zigor had saved a previous effort. "Super-sub" Pachón got the third with an angled shot just four minutes after coming on, and Collantes made it four before Toquero headed a last minute consolation for the Basque team. Rayo have not lost now at home in over a year.

Tenerife started the weekend with a chance of making the promotion spots as well, but in the end they were defeated 2-0 by Córdoba. The difference between the two sides was the dead ball kicks, a strength this season for the locals and a weakness for the Canary Islanders. Both goals came in a three minute period midway through the second half, Pablo Ruíz heading the first from Cristian Alvarez's free kick, and Yordi getting the second from the penalty spot after Luna fouled Javi Flores, the victory taking the Andalusians clear of the danger zone.

Las Palmas and Girona inched away from the lower positions as well after drawing 2-2, although the Canary Islanders will be upset that they threw away a two goal lead. Pablo Sánchez headed a cross from Marcos Márquez past Rafa Ponzo to open the scoring in the fourth minute, and Márquez netted the second himself on the half hour mark. But Raúl Martín headed one back just six minutes in to the second half, and Manga saved a point for the Catalans near the end.

Bottom club Elche and fellow strugglers Alicante did themselves no favours though, a 0-0 draw leaving both still in the relegation spots. It was a typical local derby, Claudio Barragán's side having the best of things until Oscar Rubio was sent off for a second bookable offence with five minutes to go, after which Caballero had to make a couple of late saves from Peragón to prevent the visitors from taking the three points. (25.10.08)

Celta drew 1-1 at Albacete on Sunday lunchtime, a result which was enough to keep the Galicians just out of the drop zone. Dinei gave Pepe Murcia's side the lead in the seventh minute, but Kitoko combined with fellow youngster Jaime to equalise a quarter of an hour later. The visitors must rue not taking the three points though after Dinei and Trashorras both rattled the woodwork and Dinei had another effort cleared off the line by Verza with keeper Jonathan beaten.

Salamanca stay three points clear at the top of the table after a 2-0 victory over Huesca on Sunday evening. Cohen opened the scoring for the locals after Jorge Alonso and Azkorra combined to set him up five minutes before the break. But the visitors put up a good fight before Quique Martín wrapped things up after a long run twenty minutes in to the second half, his fifth goal in three games.

Hércules are back up to second after beating Alavés 3-0, a result which keeps up their unbeaten record. Dani Carril headed home a corner on the stroke of half time to give the Alicante based side the lead, and Farinós scored the second from the penalty spot after Garitano was sent off for bringing down Delibasic midway through the second half. Rubén Navarro completed the scoring in injury time, beating Bernardo with an angled shot.

Castellón are in fifth spot, two points off the top three, after a 2-3 victory at Real Sociedad. The Basque side had not won in five games, and they went behind on the half hour mark when Carlos Martínez put through his own net trying to clear Rafita's cross. Díaz de Cerio equalised following a corner with twenty minutes to go, Real's first goal in over 7 hours of football. But Arana scored twice in the last ten minutes to restore the lead, and a late strike from Agirretxe was scant consolation.

Levante and Gimnàstic stay in mid-table after they drew 2-2, the Catalans recovering from two down to save a point. The Valenca based side scored twice in two minutes around the quarter hour mark, Adrián Martín beating Rubén Pérez for the first and Xisco Nadal making it two after Pedro Vega set him up. Robusté got himself sent off though after the break for a second bookable offence, and Campano and N'Gal led the fight-back with two goals in the last ten minutes.

Down at the bottom, Murcia are on the verge of escaping the drop zone after a 1-0 win over a Sevilla Atlético side who are now in second last spot. Despotovic got the only goal after connecting with a Cuéllar assist in the twentieth minute. Guerreiro could have added to the lead when he hit the bar soon after the restart, but Marc Valiente missed a sitter for the visitors late on which could have saved the draw. The victory takes Javier Clemente's team level with Celta. (26.10.08)