Leganes, Almeria Y Girona have mathematically certified their presence in the promotion playoff to LaLiga Santander on the forty-first and penultimate day of LaLiga SmartBank, in which Rayo Vallecano has displaced Sporting de Gijón of the last promotion place, while Castellón sealed its descentor First RFEF and Lugo abandoned the relegation positions at the expense of Logroñés.
In Butarque, A goal from Rober Ibáñez in the 88th minute was enough for the pepineros to beat Málaga (1-0) and confirmed in the second place. With their 70 points, the same as those from Almeria and Catalans, they are also guaranteed to be able to fight to return to First just one year after releasing from the top category.
With an identical result in Montilivi (1-0) thanks to a goal by Monchu in 87, Girona, fifth in the table, also certified its goal of promotion exhibiting his magnificent state of form before an Alcorcón that gets into trouble; with this, Francisco’s men link seven victories in a row. The same award was found by Almería, fourth, after beating a Logroñés (44) who fell to the relegation zone (2-1).
In Castalia, Rayo Vallecano (67) slipped into playoff positions, sixth, by defeating and condemning Castellón (0-2) to relegation to the First RFEF. The Moroccan Yacine Qasmi and the Madrid youth squad Fran García, in just two minutes (min 49 and 51), offered the Rayista team the second consecutive victory, which together with the stumble of Real Sporting de Gijón (65), unable to defeat the Fernando Torres to a Fuenlabrada (0-0) without incentives, allows him to rise to the noble zone.
In the Anxo Carro, Lugo left the burning zone after beating Cartagena (2-1) in a game in which he went ahead with a double from Gerard Valentín that was about to embitter the reaction of ‘Efesé’ with a goal from José Ángel with a quarter of an hour left.
In this way, the Galician team (44) now marks the zone of permanence with the same points as Logroñés (44), who with the lost golaverage with the Lugo is now the first of the teams in decline, and with one less than the Alcorcón (45), who could not certify his salvation in Montilivi.
The dream of remaining in Second still clings to the Sabadell (43), who with his solid victory against Ponferradina (2-0) he breaks a three-game losing streak and is just one point away from saving places.
By last, Las Palmas, with no other objectives than to improve positions in the table, beat bottom Albacete (3-2), already relegated, with a double by Sergio Araujo and a goal by Jesé Rodríguez, while Real Oviedo could not dedicate a victory to Francesc Arnau, its sports director died this Sunday, when he scored a draw at Carlos Tartiere against Mirandés (1-1).
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.