Villarreal are closing in on the second of the direct promotion spots, and a 1-3 victory at third placed Alcorcón on Sunday lunchtime left their fate in their own hands. Marcelino's team started the match three points behind their opponents in the table, but they took the lead early on when Uche beat Manu Fernández after a series of rebounds. Bruno headed a corner in off the crossbar to make it two a few minutes before the break, and although Sergi Enrich headed one back in the second half, Canteros wrapped things up with an individualist goal in the dying minutes. Villarreal face second placed Girona next Sunday, and a win in the Madrigal stadium will take them up to second. Elche though celebrated today's result more than anyone, Alcorcón's defeat meaning they only need one point in their last four games to go up.
Later in the evening Racing Santander kept their hopes of survival alive with a 1-0 win over Real Madrid Castilla. The Cantabrians started the day eight points away from safety after a run of four defeats in a row, and although they dominated ther first half, the scoreline remained unmoved at the break. The visitors were left with ten men though when Cheryshev was shown a straight red card after hitting Francis on the nose on the stroke of half time, and Ferriero got was to prove the only goal after winning the ball in midfield and running on to beat Mejías on the hour mark. Koné and Assulín missed chances to increase the lead, but there were some nervous moments for the home fans before the final whistle, with Borja in particular going close. (12.05.13)
One game on Monday evening in the second division, with Hércules moving further away from the danger zone after a 0-2 victory at Recreativo. It had been more than 25 years since the last time the Alicante based side won in Huelva, but after a run of nine games without defeat they were full of confidence, and with ten minutes on the clock Eldin put them in front after Edu Bedía set him up. Portillo had a strike ruled out before the break and then hit the post in the second half, but Falcón had to make a couple of important saves before Sardinero put the game beyond the Andalusians' reach following a corner with just two minutes to go. The win takes Quique Hernández'a side to within a point of their hosts in the table, now six points above the bottom four. (13.05.13)