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A (belated) Segunda Review: Elche keep rolling

Elche open up a five-point lead at the top after eight matches, and are now the only unbeaten team in the Segunda following Villarreal's loss. The bottom of the table is starting to take early shape, too.

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Hey everyone, sorry I am rather late with the review of Jornada 8. Anyhow, more of the same, really: Elche continued their excellent start to the season with a 2-1 win at Anduva to go five points clear at the top of the table. Jordi Xumetra's fourth goal of the season, and Pelayo's second, did Mirandés in. Last year's feel-good story is struggling in the Segunda. Pablo Infante has missed the last couple of matches, keeper Nauzet is plying his trade for Sabadell, and Mirandes are third from bottom after three consecutive losses.

Villarreal slipped up in Gijón, an event that has been covered in detail elsewhere on this site; suffice it to say that the Submarine needs to fire fewer blanks, and players need to control their emotions. First Joan Oriol, now Bruno Soriano, suspended for two matches after his straight red card on Sunday.

Almeria won a wild one in the Canary Islands over Las Palmas. Already behind 1-0, the home side's keeper barbosa was sent off and Charles notched his fourth goal on a penalty shortly after. Thievy scored shortly after to make the scoreline respectable, but the islanders are just ahead of Mirandes on six points after eight matches. Meanwhile, ex-Villarreal B coach Javi Gracia has Almería in second place on goal difference.

Herculés were another team losing at home, as the when-will-they-fire-Mandia competition continues. Real Madrid Castilla fell behind 2-0 but stormed back to win 4-2. A fractious match to say the least, with 12 yellow cards, eight for the home side.

Girona can't lose at home, can't win on the road, playing a 0-0 draw at Huesca despite being a man up for 75 minutes. Still, they are fourth, three points behind Almeria and Villarreal and even with Real Murcia (1-0 winners over Racing) and Sabadell, who lost 3-1 at Ponferradina. Moroccan midfielder El Yaagoubi was sent off for the visitors in this one.

The scheduling quirk that has five of the top six teams playing at home on the same weekend continues a while longer.

Other results:

Numancia 3-0 Lugo

Recreativo 4-2 Alcorcón

Cordoba 2-1 Barcelona B

Guadalajara 1-1 Xerez

By the way, in Segunda B action, Villarreal drew at home today 3-3 with L'Hospitalet, with Gerard Moreno scoring all three goals for the Submarine (two of them penalties, i believe).

Endavant Villarreal!!