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Segunda Division update: Mallorca in relegation danger

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The Segunda race has one more match left, and it's possible--possible-- some Tercera team, already eliminated from the promotion playoffs, could be thrown a lifeline to the Segunda B It all depends on what happens in the final round of matches.

Maria José Segovia

The Segunda Division has one more matchday in the regular season--next Saturday, June 4.

We don't yet know if they will be promoted, but we do know Deportivo Alavés will be promoted to the Primera.  The 2001UEFA Cup runners-up return to the first level for the first time since the 2005-06 season and only their 12th season in the top flight since their founding in 1921.  The remaining automatic promotion spot comes down to Leganés and Gimnastic Tarragona. Whichever doesn't cop that spot will finish third.

The remaining three playoff spots are still up for grabs: Zaragoza and Cordoba have 64 points, Girona 63, Osasuna and Alcorcon 61.

At the bottom, there is one place left--Llagostera, Albacete and Athletic Club B are already down.  At the moment, Mallorca are in the remaining relegation spot, and here is where it gets interesting.  If they finish fourth from bottom (they are currently on 46 points, Ponferradina and Almeria on 47) then their B team, who already won promotion to the Segunda B, cannot be promoted there, because the first team would be relegated to the Segunda B.  The Spanish league would have to decide who gets that spot.

As far as promotion to the Segunda is concerned, Reus have won promotion; either UCAM Murcia or Real Madrid Castilla will do so.  Hercules and Lleida Esportiu won their first round of playoff matches; Villarreal B was the only team eliminated from our group.  Sigh.

Sevilla's B team is in the playoffs still, as well.  As is Cadiz, the other 'yellow submarine'.   Interestingly the four teams that led their groups for most of the year before falling at the last hurdle--Barakaldo, Racing Ferrol, Real Murcia, and Villarreal B--all lost in the first round of the playoffs!!  Amazing.