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Girona denied promotion in injury time: relegation and promotion from the Segunda

the Catalans fall JUST SHORT of automatic promotion
the Catalans fall JUST SHORT of automatic promotion
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Next year, for the first time since the 2002-03 season,we may not see a B team in the Segunda.  Barcelona B, the remaining filial, is going down to Segunda B, and only one B team--Athletic Club's--remains in the promotion playoffs.

Here's the list of where we stand at the moment with promotion and relegation.  At least one of the four relegated Segunda clubs may be saved, since a club already in the Segunda could be relegated for "administrative" (i.e. financial) reasons--that typically happens.  And it's not out of the question that Elche could be relegated all the way from the Primera to the Segunda B as a result of their financial mismanagement, which would mean one fewer team relegated from the Segunda.

Girona led Lugo 1-0 after 90 minutes in a standing-room only Montilivi, but a goal in the first minute of injury time tied the match and let Sporting claim the final promotion place--they played a very "suspect" match against an already promoted Betis, winning 3-0 in Seville.  Chaotic scenes at the end of the Girona game, too, as ex-Villarreal man Florian Lejeune headed home what looked to be the winning goal, but it was--correctly--waved off for offside.  At that point the linesman who had made the call got whacked with a water bottle from the area of or behind the Girona bench, the referee took his team off and it wasn't clear whether the match had been suspended or was over.

The match resumed about 15 minutes later (on orders of the league)  with 40 seconds of injury time left and a Lugo goal kick, and evidently nothing happened (my stream was showing auto racing by then!).

At the moment, though, it's:

Relegated from the Primera:  Cordoba, Almeria and Elche

Promoted from the Segunda: Real Betis and Sporting Gijon

Promotion playoffs (one of these will go up):



(these playoffs begin in midweek in Zaragoza and Valladolid)

Relegated from the Segunda: Racing Santander, Recreativo Huelva, Sabadell, Barcelona B

Promoted to the Segunda: Gimnastic Tarragona, Real Oviedo.

Promotion playoffs (two of these will go up): Racing Ferrol, Huesca, Guadalajara, Huracán Valencia, UCAM Murcia, Athletic Bilbao B, Hércules, Cádiz