A thrilling penultimate weekend in the second division, with many of the issues settled as ten of the eleven matches kicked off at the same time. As chance would have it, who will go up directly with Elche will boil down to one match next weekend, with Villarreal due to meet Almería in the Madrigal stadium after both won their respective matches on Sunday. Villarreal themselves despatched Barcelona B 0-3 in their Mini Estadi to stay in second place, albeit that they remain level on points with Almería after Xavi Gracia's team beat fourth placed Girona 2-1. A draw though will be enough for the "Yellow Submarine" to sail back to the top after just a year in the second division.
Girona's hopes of automatic promotion disappeared with the defeat, but they are sure of a play-off spot together with whoever loses the above match. The other two play-off places are between three sides, with Alcorcón and Las Palmas slightly better placed than Ponferradina, who are a point behind. Alcorcón wasted a chance to ensure their spot after a 4-0 defeat at Real Madrid Castilla, but Las Palmas return to the top six after beating Numancia 2-1, whereas Ponferradina were held to a 2-2 draw by Racing Santander. Meanwhile Sporting Gijón and Recreativo have no chance of making it in to the play-offspots after they cancelled each other out in a 0-0 draw.
The three remaining relegation spots were decided after Mirandés won 1-2 at Córdoba to open up a five point gap over the bottom four. Racing will be going down for the second season in a row, and they will be joined by Huesca and Murcia, their respective wins over bottom club Xerez (3-1) and Hércules (0-2) to no avail. That said there is still a glimmer of hope for one of them as Guadalajara (who lost 0-1 to Lugo) are very likely to be relegated for financial irregularities during their recent capital increase, and all three will be giving it their best shot next weekend just in case. (02.06.13)
With all games with something at stake scheduled to kick off at the same time on Sunday, only the match between Sabadell and already crowned champions Elche took place on Saturday evening. True to tradition the home side applauded their opponents on to the pitch, but after that they had the better chances, Lanzarote going close either side of half time and Dávila and Collantes hitting the woodwork later on. Javi Flores and Aarón responded for the visitors, but in the end both teams settled for a 0-0 draw. (01.06.13)