Second Division A - Day 24

Zaragoza are up to second in the table after a 2-0 victory over Las Palmas on Saturday evening. Songo'o opened the scoring early on from a Jorge López corner, his header taking a strange bounce past Santamaría. Marcos Márquez wasted a chance to equalise later in the first half, but Songo'o hit the post after the restart, and a few minutes later set up Ewerthon for him to score the second with an angled shot. The result takes Marcelino's side to within three points of leaders Xerez pending their game on Sunday, and leaves the Canary Islanders just four points off the relegation spots after seven games without a win.

Hércules are just a point outside of the top three after a 4-2 victory over Levante. Tena gave the visitors a fifth minute lead following a corner, but Delibasic equalised soon afterwards after Sales set him up. Abraham Paz and Tena both had goals disallowed before the break, and substitute Sendoa put the home side in front on the hour mark shortly after coming on. Farinós got a third from the penalty spot after Tena handled in the area, and although Rubén got one back with a free kick, Abel Aguilar wrapped things up late on.

A set-back for Real Sociedad though, who lost 2-0 at Murcia and who are now four points off the promotion spots in eighth place. Both sides had chances, Xabi Prieto almost scoring with an inswinging corner and Aranburu hitting the bar, and Claudio Bravo saving a couple of times from Despotovic. The two teams were left with ten men when Labaka and Ochoa were sent off, but it was not until the last three minutes that Sikora set up Mejía and then scored himself to get his side back to winning ways after two defeats in a row. Down at the bottom of the table,

Eibar recorded their first win in two months, beating Huesca 2-0 to move to level with neighbours Alavés. Biel Medina got the first on the half hour mark from Sutil's free kick, and Arruabarrena made it two from the penalty spot after Camacho brought down an advancing forward. Any thought of a comeback ended when Camacho was sent off for a second bookable offence on the hour mark.

Córdoba stay three points above Eibar though after a 0-2 win at bottom club Sevilla Atlético. Both goals came in the first half hour, Asen taking advantage of some slack defending to start things off against the run of play, and Yordi heading the second from José Vega's cross. The visitors could have done more damage to their neighbours after the break, but when Yordi was sent off with ten minutes to go they called it a day.

Albacete looked like they were moving clear of the danger zone when they led Girona by two clear goals with a few minutes left on the clock, but the Catalans came back to level it at 3-3. Raúl Agné's side had not lost at home for half a season, and Felipe put them ahead early on. But Pablo Gil headed the equaliser from a corner shortly before half time, and strikes from Diego Costa and Toché after the restart turned the scoreline around. Xumetra reduced the gap though later on, and Jito headed in a cross on the far post to save the day with three minutes left to go.

Gimnàstic and Celta also cancelled each other out in a 1-1 draw which left both floundering in mid-table. Campano should have given the locals the lead on the quarter hour mark after Edu Moya brought down José Marí in the area, but Notario saved his spot kick. David Rodríguez did beat Felip at the other end though after deflecting in Rosada's shot midway through the second half, but Dani Tortolero headed in a late corner to square the match, and Celta ended with ten men after Edu Moya picked up a second booking near the end. (14.02.09)

Xerez kept up their push for promotion with a 2-1 victory over direct rivals Salamanca on Sunday lunchtime. Momo gave the Andalusians the lead in the tenth minute, picking up a pass from Antoñito and going on to score for the seventh match in a row. But Quique Martín and Cohen went close before Calle headed in to his own net seven minutes after the restart. The striker made up for it though with the winning goal a few minutes later, deflecting Viqueira's free kick past Biel Rivas to make it four wins in a row.

Tenerife stay in second spot, three points behind the leaders, after beating Elche 3-2 later in the evening. Luna headed the Canary Islanders ahead from Juanlu's free kick five minutes before the break. But goals from Rubén Pérez and David Fuster, both following assists from Santos, turned the scoreline around. However Nino equalised again with a low shat past Caballero, and Ricardo struck the winner from a free kick with a quarter of an hour to go.

Zaragoza stay in third place, but only ahead of Castellón and Rayo Vallecano on goal difference after both won their respective matches on Sunday. Two goals early in the first and second half from Gari Uranga gave Castellón a 2-0 win over struggling Alicante. The ex Real Sociedad striker volleyed a cross from Arana past Unanua in only the third minute, and then added a second after the defence failed to clear another Arana centre soon after the restart.

Rayo Vallecano beat Alavés 0-2, with Coke opening the scoring after Bernardo failed to hold on to a third minute corner, and Jofre firing home the second with a long shot shortly before the interval. Any chance of a fight back ended when Fagoaga was sent off a couple of minutes later. The defeat leaves the Vitoria based side further down in the relegation zone, a bad start for new coach Javi López who took over from Mandiola this week. (15.02.09)