Second Division - Day 4

Cádiz start the weekend at the top of the second division after a 2-0 victory over Nàstic on Friday evening. Both goals came after the break, Barral opening the scoring after Dimitrievski pushed an Aitor García free kick on to the bar, and Alvaro García getting the second on a quick breakaway. The result leaves the Catalans firmly anchored to the foot of the table with one point from four games, and coach Lluis Carreras is already under pressure to turn things around. (08.09.17)

The first Asturian derby in fourteen years ended in a 1-1 draw, a result which left last week’s leaders Sporting Gijón down in second spot, and visitors Oviedo three points below them in ninth. Carmona headed the locals in to an ear ly lead from a Rubén García centre, but team captain Toché levelled the scores with a shot from inside of the area after Diego Mariño saved from Cotugno with seven minutes to go. The game was marred though by trouble between rival fans before kick-off. Almería moved to within a point of Sporting after they beat Lorca 2-1 later in the evening, Tino Costa getting the winner two minutes from the end with a direct free kick. Fran Rodríguez had put the home side in front with an angled shot on the hour mark, but Javi Muñoz made it all square a few minutes later.

Barcelona B are also on seven points after they beat Córdoba 4-0 in the Mini Estadi. Aleñá latched on to Cucurella’s pass to open the scoring in the twentieth minute, and José Arnáiz added a second soon afterwards with a long shot which went through the hands of Stefanovic. With seven minutes to go to the break Arnáiz made it three on a quick breakaway, and the ex Valladolid striker set up Lozano for the fourth some twenty minutes in to the second half. Elsewhere Huesca and Sevilla Atlético drew 0-0, visiting keeper Caro saving a point for the visitors with a string of saves. (09.09.17)

Alcorcón end the day in third spot after a 0-1 victory over Zaragoza on Sunday evening. The Maños had been on good form recently, but a strike by Alvaro Peña shortly before the break handed them their first home defeat of the season. Alcorcón are level with second placed Sporting, a point above Cultural Leonesa and Valladolid, who join the group on seven points after a thrilling 4-4 draw. First reports were that visiting defender Guitián had scored a peculiar hat-trick including two own goals, although the referee’s report credited the opener to Regal (in his own net), and the second to Rodri, who had an early penalty saved by Masip. Mata made it all square with a second penalty, but Yeray restored the lead soon after the restart. Strikes by Guitián, Hervías (with another penalty) and Mata put Luis César’s team 2-4 up, but late goals by Rodri and Señé saved a point for the locals in the end.

Tenerife missed out on a chance to move up in to the direct promotion spots after they were held to a 2-2 draw by Granada in the mid-day kick-off. An own goal by Aitor Sanz (with a little help from Adrián Ramos) gave the visitors an early lead, but although Suso was sent off for a second bookable offence midway through the second half, Longo equalised soon afterwards. Malbasic appeared to have given the Canary Islanders the win when he scored in the ninetieth minute, but Jorge headed in to his own net in injury time to give the Andalusians their fourth draw in a row. Later in the evening Osasuna recorded their first win of the season after beating Rayo Vallecano 0-3, Aridane heading the opener with just under half an hour gone, and Xisco adding two more in the last five minutes. And further down the tble Lugo beat Albacete 0-1, Iriome scoring the winner early on in the second half to take his team out of the bottom four, and leave the hosts down in next to bottom spot. (10.09.17)

One game again on Monday night, Reus climbing out of the relegation spots after a 1-0 victory over Numancia. A win would have taken the visitors joint top with Cádiz, but Máyor headed in a Gus Ledes free kick shortly before half time, and that was how it stayed. (11.09.17)