Second Division - Day 22

The top four teams all play on Sunday, and Tenerife took advantage to move up to fifth after a 2-0 victory over Córdoba on Saturday evening. The goals though only came late on, Lozano giving the Canary Islanders the lead with a quarter of an hour or so to go, and Omar making it two after Amath set him up three minutes later. Oviedo are now sixth after they beat Valladolid 1-0 in the first match of the weekend, Toché getting the only goal on the quarter hour mark after Linares headed the ball on to take the Asturians a point above their opponents in the table. Lugo also drop out of the play-off spots after they lost 2-3 to Nàstic, Joselu twice giving the Galicians the lead, but the Emaná brothers Stefane and Achille pegging them back both times before Stefane got a late winner for the visitors.

It was a first victory for new coach Juan Merino, and the Catalans climbed momentarily off the bottom of the table before UCAM Murcia beat Zaragoza 1-0 later in the evening. Collantes got the only goal for the university side midway through the first half to hand the Maños their third defeat in a row. Zaragoza’s neighbours Huesca also lost 0-1 to Alcorcón, David Navarro getting the winner for the visitors late on after Akapo had been sent off. And elsewhere Rayo Vallecano and Elche drew 1-1, Guillermo getting the opener for the visitors shortly before the break, and Miku levelling it from the penalty spot after Manucho was fouled by Pelegrín with twenty minutes to go. Miku himself was sent off for a second bookable offence though a few minutes later. (21.01.17)

Leaders Levante made it six wins in a row after they beat Numancia 1-0 on Sunday lunchtime, Jason combining with Roger to get the winner with a quarter of an hour gone. The Valencia based side stay seven points clear of second placed Girona, who won 2-0 against Sevilla Atlético in a rainy Montilivi stadium later in the evening. The Catalans themselves had won seven out of their eight previous games, and headed goals in the second half from Longo and Sandaza with assists by Alcaraz and Maffeo gave them the three points.

The top two have opened up a six point gap over the rest, Cádiz now third after a 1-0 win over Almería. The Andalusians played most of the second half with ten men after Sankaré was sent off, but even so Aitor García fired home the only goal with six minutes to go. Cádiz move ahead of Getafe on goal difference after the Madrid based side could only draw 1-1 against Mirandés, Dani Pacheco’s early opener cancelled out by a second half strike from Alex Ortíz. Reus stay in ninth spot, albeit just a point off the top six, after they too drew 1-1 with Mallorca. Lekic put the islanders in front on the quarter hour mark, but Miramón saw his penalty kick saved by Cabrero before Máyor got the equalizer with fifteen minutes to go. Both teams ended a man short after Saúl and Jorge Díaz were both sent off. (22.01.17)