Alcorcón moved back up to second place pending Girona's game at leaders Elche on Sunday after beating bottom club Xerez 2-1 on Saturday evening. It was a close run thing though, the Andalusians holding on until the second minute of injury time, when substitute Dani Nieto got the winner with a well struck free kick. The Madrid based side had dominated the first half, Oriol Riera testing Chema before heading the opener from Juli's cross shortly before the break. The visitors came back though after the restart, Marquitos equalizing after Bodipo played on Maldonado's centre, and although Maldonado was sent off for a second bookable offence soon afterwards and Bruno Herrero near the end, it looked as if a draw was on the cards until Nieto struck.
Fourth placed Villarreal drop three points behind Alcorcón though after they were held to a 0-0 draw at Lugo. Marcelino side had gone thirteen games without defeat, but with games against Elche, Alcorcón and Girona coming up they needed a win to consolidate their challenge for the direct promotion spots. However José Juan and his defence kept them at bay, the local keeper in particular saving from Perbet early on, and the locals could have taken the lead when Tonetto rounded Juan Carlos only to shoot wide. After the break the visitors had more chances, Cani firing a volley just wide, Oriol coming up against José Juan, and Gaspar heading against the bar, but in the end they had to settle for a point.
Las Palmas saw their run of four straight away wins come to a grinding halt after they were thrashed 5-1 by Córdoba. The home side took the lead in the sixth minute when López Garai headed in Abel's corner, and the Canary Islanders were left with nine men when Dani Castellano and Hernán both picked up second bookings with only a quarter of the game gone. Soon afterwards Xisco headed in a Fuentes cross to make it two, and although Christantus got one back ten minutes in to the second half, Armando restored the two goal cushion a minute later following another Abel corner. The Andalusians had Aguilar sent off for a foul on Thievy with twenty minutes to go, but López Silva and Fede Vico added two more after that to give new coach Juan Eduardo Esnaíder his first win since taking over three weeks ago.
Las Palmas hold on to sixth spot however after their closest rivals Ponferradina could only draw 1-1 at struggling Huesca. Claudio Barragán's side will be grateful for even a point though after Wellington Silva latched on to a loose ball on the edge of the area to score the equalizer with only a minute left on the clock. The locals went ahead just before half time when Borja beat Santamaría on the follow up after the keeper had saved a previous effort, and Borja and Nuñez could have added to the lead after the restart. But with a quarter of an hour to go Camacho got himself sent off for a second bookable offence, and Wellington's goals left the Aragón based team five points away from safety.
Sporting Gijón's hopes of making the play-off spots took another set-back when they were beaten 0-1 by Hércules. The visitors were looking to build on a seven match unbeaten run which saw them move out of the relegation zone last week, but neither team made much of an impression in a dull first half which ended with the home fans whistling their players off the park. After the break Portillo lobbed a shot over the bar with the goal at his mercy, and David Rodríguez hit the post at the other end. However with ten minutes to go Paglialunga won it for the Alicante based side after connecting with a loose ball on the edge of the area to fire a shot past Cuéllar. (27.04.13)