Second Division - Day 3

The first division took a rest this weekend due to the international fixtures, but the second division continued, with a full round of games between Friday and Monday. Granada have yet to win though since being relegated in the summer, the Andalusians sharing the points for the third time after a 2-2 draw against Barcelona B on Friday night. Joselu (from the penalty spot after Morer fouled Pedro) and Pedro himself (with an angled shot) twice gave the locals the lead. However the visitors pegged them back both times, the first with an impressive shot by Ruíz de Galarreta just before the break, and the second with a strike by Abel Ruíz on a quick counter-attack midway through the second half. (01.09.17)

Sporting Gijón are keen to return to the top flight at the first attempt, and they top they table pending Sunday’s games after a resounding 0-4 victory at Nàstic on Saturday evening. With only a quarter of an hour gone they were already two up, Xavi Molina putting through his own net after Rubén García headed on a corner, and Scepovic running on to Carmona’s pass to score the second. With the first half coming to a close Rubén García intercepted a poor pass to make it three, and Michael Santos completed the scoring from the penalty spot after he was brought down by keeper Perales with just over an hour gone.

The Asturians are now on seven points, level with Numancia and Cádiz. Numancia beat Almería 1-0, Pere Milla getting the only goal after Diamanka set him up midway through the second half. Pablo Valcarce hit the post earlier, and only a couple of good saves by René prevented the midfielder from adding to the lead near the end. Cádiz meanwhile won 0-1 at Lugo, substitute David Barral getting the winning goal from the penalty spot after Luis Muñoz brought down Moha with five minutes to go. Dani Romera fired a shot against the post for the visitors before the break, and Moha also hit the upright near the end.

The other two games on Saturday ended all square, Osasuna and Huesca drawing 1-1 on the 50th anniversary of the El Sadar stadium. Unai García opened the scoring for the locals after Lucas Torró headed on a long free kick after the break, but Melero saved a point for the visitors with a header from Vadillo’s corner near the end. Elsewhere the match between Lorca and Rayo Vallecano ended without goals, the result keeping up Rayo’s unbeaten record this season and leaving their hosts just behind them in the table on four points. Chances were few and far between, Trejo at least testing Dorronsoro before the break, and Eugeni hitting the post at the other end after the restart. (02.09.17)

Last week’s leaders Tenerife dropped points for the first time after they were beaten 2-0 by Valladolid on Sunday. Mata had a goal ruled out for a non-existent offside before Ibán Salvador headed the opener from Antoñito’s cross with half an hour gone, and Michel added the second after combining with Mata early on in the second half. Both teams are now on six points, level with newly promoted Cultural Leonesa, who came from behind late on to win 1-2 at Sevilla Atlético. Curro Sánchez fired the youngsters in to the lead soon after the restart, but substitutes Angel Bastos and Julen Colinas scored twice in the last five minutes or so to turn the scoreline around, the first from Emi Buendía’s cross, and the second with an angled shot following a corner.

Elsewhere Oviedo and Zaragoza clocked up their first victories of the season, and both join the group on four points. Oviedo beat Reus 3-0, Toché opening the scoring in the first half with an acrobatic over head kick, and adding a second from Pucko’s centre before David Rocha wrapped things up late on with a direct free kick. Zaragoza meanwhile won 1-2 at Córdoba, Borja Oglesias giving the Maños the lead with a shot from outside of the area with just under twenty minutes gone. Jona equalized soon afterwards, but Iglesias restored the lead with an individualist effort midway through the second half, and the visitors held on with ten men after Zapater was sent off for a second bookable offence with three minutes left on the clock. (03.09.17)

One match on Monday night this week, Alcorcón winning 1-0 against Albacete to move up to eighth in the table. The Madrid based team had drawn both of their opening games 0-0, and the visitors had the better of play, with Erice hitting the bar from a free kick after the interval. However Dorca headed in a Laure centre with a quarter of an hour to go to leave the Manchegans down in the drop zone with only one point, level with Sevilla Atlético, Lugo and Nàstic. (04.09.17)