La Liga 1|2|3 Round Up: Huesca defeat Lugo to move topDecember 18, 2017
Huesca defeated third placed Lugo to move top of La Liga 1|2|3 on their own with goals from Gonzalo Melero, David Ferreiro and Alex Gallar securing a 3-0 win.
This game was the game of the weekend on paper as the top two, before the matchday began, went head to head but in reality it was a comfortable afternoon for the league leaders.
A clash of heads in the box saw the referee award a somewhat debatable penalty to the hosts with Melero finding the bottom corner with ease to put them in front.
Ferreiro then smashed home a loose ball to make it two before the break and although Lugo hit the bar on one attack, Gallar’s well placed free kick 12 minutes from time wrapped up the victory.
Cadiz had overtaken Lugo on Friday night with a 3-1 victory over Bareclona ‘B’.
Salva Sanchez put them in front when he poked home from close range after Adrian Ortola had missed a low ball from the left.
Two goals in three minutes from José Angel Carillo, the second from the penalty spot, gave the home side a big cushion although the forward would later be subbed off injured.
Marc Cardona got a consolation for Barca ‘B’ at the second attempt with just under 20 minutes to go but the Catalan side drop into the bottom four.
Wins for Rayo Vallecano and Real Oviedo saw them climb into fourth and fifth respectively.
The Vallecas side fell behind at home to Alcorcon when Nicolao Dumitru headed home from a corner on 71 minutes but they were soon level when away defender Esteban Burgos’ clearance rebounded off of Alex Moreno and into the net.
Raul De Tomas then completed the turnaround when he tapped home at the back post in the second minute of stoppage time.
Oviedo secured their three points thanks to a fantastic free kick from David Rocha eight minutes before the break despite finishing with ten men after Yaw Yeboah’s early red card for a swinging elbow.
Alfonso Herrero then saved Curro’s penalty as the visitors held on for the win.
Numancia held on to their spot in the play offs after a 2-2 draw at fellow promotion hopefuls Osasuna.
The hosts took the lead early on thanks to Xisco Jimenez’s tidy finish but Marc Mateu’s shot brought the game level on the half hour mark.
Xisco nodded home his second two minutes later to give Osasuna the half time lead at El Sadar.
They missed some good chances to extend their lead and were made to pay with Dani Nieto’s free kick five minutes from time finding the net to earn Numancia a share of the points.
Sporting Gijon moved back to within five points of the play off places with a comfortable 3-0 win at home to Tenerife.
Michael Santos’ near post finish gave them a fifth minute lead with Carlos Carmona’s deflected effort making it two at half time.
Tenerife had the ball in the net but it was ruled out for offside before Bryan Acosta’s second yellow card killed off their hopes of getting something from the game.
Moi Gomez added a third late on.
Lorca remain in the bottom four after a 3-0 defeat at Valladolid.
Borja Fernandez and Jaime Mata gave them a two goal advantage before Pablo Hervias scored from the penalty spot to round off a comfortable afternoon for the home side.
Elsewhere there were home wins for Cultural Leonesa and Almeria over Gimnastic and Cordoba.
Ivan Garrido and Isaac Carcelen the scorers for Leonesa as they climbed out of the relegation zone with a 2-0 win while Marco Motta scored late on to help Almeria climb to 14th.
Reus and Granada played out a goalless draw in Catalonia with a point doing neither side any real favours.
Albacete and Zaragoza also drew 0-0.
As it stands, Huesca are a point clear of Cadiz at the top in the automatic promotion places with Lugo, Rayo Vallecano, Real Oviedo and Numancia in the play off spots. Granada are just a point outside the top six.
Just seven points separate Sporting Gijon in eighth and 20th placed Barcelona ‘B’ with the Blaugrana joined in the bottom four by Lorca, Sevilla Atletico and Cordoba.
Cadiz 3-1 Barcelona ‘B’
Osasuna 2-2 Numancia Reus 0-0 Granada Valladolid 3-0 Lorca Almeria 1-0 Cordoba Albacete 0-0 Zaragoza
Sevilla Atletico 0-1 Real Oviedo Huesca 3-0 Lugo Leonesa 2-0 Gimnastic Sporting Gijon 3-0 Tenerife Rayo Vallecano 2-1 Alcorcon