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Arch Bell On May - 21 - 2012

Segunda Focus: Depor Stumble

Best to hold off on all the ‘aliron’, pasillos and champagne talk as Deportivo as made things a little more complicated for themselves after losing to Xerez on Sunday 3-2. It was odd timing considering that it was 365 days prior when Depor lost at home to Valencia to officially be relegated. Consider this a ‘toque de atencion’ for the Galcian side. Being the leader that he is, Juan Carlos Valeron came out this morning saying that he understands any angst that fans are feeling but that the team is fine and staying the course. Judging by their final three games, at Nastic midweek and then home versus Huesca followe dby at Villarreal B, the ascenso realy won’t be in doubt.

In the battle for second, Celta steamrolled over Alcoyano winning 4-0. Alex Lopez scored in the second and it was basically goodnight nurse after that. Iago Aspas scored again giving him 20 goals in all competitions. Even more shocking was Aspas saying a few ays ago that it would be ‘good’ it both Galician teams got promoted…. You feeling ok Iago? Celta look awesome and still hold on to second even though they are level on points with Valladolid. Only realy tough test looming for Celta will be a final jornada home game versus Cordoba, but by then things could be a moot point. We’ll see.

Valladolid answered the Celta win with a 2-0 home win over Sabadell. Nauzet with a golazo for the Pucelete. Looking at the Valladolid schedule, next weekend’s game versus Alcorcon stands to be the tough one. The fact that Valladolid could finish wth 87 points and still not get promoted automatically is mind-numbing.

Down in playoff land, the fourth, fifth and sxth place teams all lost a chance to jockey ahead for home seeding as Hercules dropped one on the road to Las Palmas 2-0, Alcorcon lost at Almeria 2-0 and Cordoba was drilled by Girona 3-1.

Hercules actually ended the game with only eight men and were done in by an early Sergio Suarez golazo. Also of note was staring goalkeeper Iago Falque getting hurt. Meanwhile Almeria kept their playoff hopes alive chopping a six point gap in half after beating Alcorcon and then watching Cordoba lose. Almeria left it late but two goals from Jonathan in the final 15 minutes helped salvage the Andalucians. As for Cordoba, they ran into a buzzsaw in the form of Girona. Seriously, you could argue that Girona are playing some of the best futbol in the Segunda now. Keep this team together and they could really fly high next year. Still, Cordoba have two home games this week and judging by their record at the Nuevo Arcangel, that bodes well for them.

Down at the bottom, Gimnastic were offcially relegated after the Girona win and Guadalajara’s 2-3 win at Elche so Jorge D’Alessandro’s bunch, just five years removed from the Primera, descend down to the Segunda B. Alcoyano and Cartagena also succumbed to defeats. As mentioned before, Alcoyano losing to Celta and Cartagena missing a PK on their way to a 1-0 loss in Huesca. Now eight points away from safety, Alcoyano and Cartagena’s fates are essentially sealed. The relegation race is over.

Back in the middle of the table, kudos to Villarreal B who won again despite their inconvenient relegation. It was a 2-0 victory over Recreativo. Numancia put together another nice solid win beating Barcelona B 3-0. That’s now six goals for the numantinos in their last two. Murcia drew with Gimnastic 2-2 and Elche coughed one up at home to a Guadalajara side that has secured permanencia. Cheers to Carlos Terrazas for a solid job this season.

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Arch Bell

A longtime lover of Spain's often-ignored Liga Adelante, Arch started writing about second division in 2008 on a blog called 'Bienvenido Al Infierno' which he ultimately brought to La Liga Weekly in 2009. He has since gone on to cover Segunda matches in Spain for LLW and has conducted interviews with Segunda Division players. You can find Arch's writing on ESPN.com as a contributor to Soccernet. Arch also hosts a bilingual soccer radio show in Austin, Texas called Futbol En Vivo which airs every Tuesday from 1-2pm CST and can be heard locally on 91.7 FM or online at www.koop.org.

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