Villarreal, Alcorcon and Almeria all got three pints on the road this weekend. Oh, so did Elche, too. They aren't getting caught any time soon!
Away wins in the Segunda are rare, but four of the promotion hopefuls picked up valuable points on the road this week. Elche, who are essentially a shoo-in for Primera status at this point, won in Huelva with goals from defender Suarez and Corominas. The ex-Espanyol man notched his 10th of the season to give Elche the lead in the 59th minute, and their defense did the rest.
Almeria haven't missed Leo Ulloa at all (he scored a hat-trick for Brighton on Saturday, by the way). Two goals from Charles were enough for a 2-0 win in Alicante against Hercules. The Brazilian now has 18 goals on the season, and has nine in his last seven matches, having scored in every game since the home draw against Villarreal.
Alcorcon are still four points behind. Pepe Bordelas's men have been struggling to score of late, but Oriol Riera's 15th of the season was enough to win at Huesca, who are now back in the relegation area.
With Villarreal's away win at Cordoba, covered in detail on this site earlier, the big loser on the day, in addition to Los Califas, was Girona, who crashed to their fourth successive comprehensive away loss. This time it was 4-0 in the Molinon--Sporting scored two goals in five minutes to take the lead in the first half, and in the second Moises Hurtado picked up two yellow cards in three minutes and was sent off. To complete the Catalans' misery, subs Carlos Carmona and David Rodriguez added goals late on.
A wild one in Gran Canaria saw Las Palmas score a last-gasp equalizer to draw against Barcelona B, 3-3. The visitors were leading 2-1 until keeper Oier was sent off, and though a late Deulofeu goal (he now has 17, if you're counting) gave the Baby Blaugrana the lead again, Hernán Santana scored his first goal for the islanders in three years to earn a point.
Numancia's 2-0 win at home against Racing and Mirandes's 1-0 win against Lugo means the bottom four currently consists of Huesca, Racing, Hercules and Xerez, with all but the last-named showing occasional signs of life. Hey, did anyone realize ex-Villarreal B striker Airam is now playing for Lugo, having left Numancia in the transfer window. No goals for either side this season, though he did pick up a yellow card this weekend.
Guadalajara 1-1 Sabadell
Real Murcia 3-1 Xerez
Ponferradina 2-0 Real Madrid Castilla