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Depor slip up as Valladolid lead the chase: Liga Adelante Round-Up and Highlights
- Updated: 30 April, 2012
Almería secured an impressive 2-0 victory over a lacklustre Deportivo la Coruña at the Estadio del Mediterraneo on Saturday, ending an horrendous run of results that had seen the Andalucian side go nine games without a win.
The hosts began the game well and dominated possession for long spells in the first half, despite creating few chances. The breakthrough finally came for Almería however, as Leonardo Ulloa rose well to head a Rafita cross past Dani Aranzubia less than five minutes from half time.
League leaders Depor saw more of the ball in the second half but in truth, the Galicians lacked any real cutting edge and their were few surprises when Aarón eventually doubled the home side’s advantage to win the game with four minutes left.
The loss was Depor’s eighth away from la Riazor this season, but their fantastic home form sees them still five points clear of Valladolid in second and 10 points ahead of third-placed Celta. Almeria sit sixth and are still in with a great chance of securing the final play-off place in la Segunda.
Real Valladolid closed the gap on Deportivo as they came from behind to beat a spirited ten-man Cartagena side at the Estadio Jose Zorilla. The home side wasted a host of chances in the first half and were made to pay when Abraham Paz struck a stunning 35 yard goal on the stroke of half time.
Cartagena battled valiantly against a tide of pressure after the break, but their hopes of securing a much-needed three points were dashed when Gorka Kijera was sent off after hauling down in the area to gift a penalty to the home side. Nauzet Aleman promptly converted the spot kick and Jofre won it for Valladolid with four minutes left on the clock. The defeat sees the Murcian side slip to the foot of the table; a massive 13 points from safety.
Celta Vigo ended a two-game losing streak to keep in the hunt for an automatic promotion place, as a second half blitz defeated Barcelona B 4-1 at the Balaidos. The home side looked threatening throughout the first half but it was Eusebio Sacristan’s youngsters who broke the deadlock when Kiko Femenia struck with half an hour on the clock. Mario Bermejo got Celta back on level terms soon after the break however, after a mistake by Armando Lazano. Just five minutes later, the hosts took the lead as Fabian Orellana fired past Oier before a brace from Iago Aspas in the final 20 minutes completed a resounding victory for los Celestes.
Gimnástic moved off the bottom of the table after defeating struggling Alcoyano 2-0 in Tarragona. Fernando Moran put the home side ahead in the ninth minute as the Catalans came out on the offensive. The visitors struggled to break a determined Nástic back line and looked sluggish after a terrible run of results that has seen them lose eight of their last 11 matches; slipping deep into the relegation mire in the process. Rodri Gimeno Molina scored his second goal of the season with just over 20 minutes remaining to secure the win for Jorge D’Alessandro’s men.
Córdoba kept up their hopes of making the play-offs after overcoming a determined Guadalajara side 3-2 at Nuevo Arcángel. Charles fired the Andalucians ahead in the ninth minute before the visitors levelled through Jonan Garcia six minutes after the break. Borja Garcia restored Córdoba’s lead in the 63rd minute with Fede Vico firing in a third moments later. Guadalaja grabbed a late consolation through Ernesto but it was too little, too late as Carlos Terrazas’ side remain just outside the drop zone with seven games still to play.
Murcia eased their relegation worries as a crucial 1-0 home victory over Sabadell moved them nine points clear of the drop zone. Cristian Garcia grabbed the winner mid-way through the first half to halt a three-game losing run for the home side.
Elsewhere on Saturday, Girona held high-flying Alcorcón to a goalless draw at Montilivi, Villarreal B won 1-0 at Numancia and Huesca came from behind to beat Las Palmas 3-1 at the estadio Pepe Gonçalvez
On Sunday, Hércules continued their excellent form to secure an impressive 3-0 victory at Elche. The tie remained at stalemate until the 72nd minute when Abel Aguilar beat Juan Carlos in the Elche goal. The home side battled back but were finally sunk by late strikes from David Aganzo and Carlos Calvo as Hércules remain fourth; strong contenders for a place in the end of season play-offs.
The weekend’s final game saw Xerez defeat Recreativo 3-1 at the Chapín. Goals from Jorge Rojas, Manuel Gato and Paco Esteban proved too much for Juan Manuel Rodriguez’s side who have now won just once in eight games. Vicente Moreno’s Xerez move up to 12th in the table, three points above their hosts.
CELTA VIGO 4-1 BARCELONA B
REAL VALLADOLID 2-1 CARTAGENA
NUMANCIA 0-1 VILLARREAL B
GIMNÁSTIC 2-0 ALCOYANO
CÓRDOBA 3-2 GUADALAJARA
ELCHE 0-3 HÉRCULES
XEREZ 3-1 RECREATIVO
GIRONA 0-0 ALCORCÓN
ALMERÍA 2-0 DEPORTIVO
LAS PALMAS 1-3 HUESCA
MURCIA 1-0 SABADELL
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