ANDY SCHREUR - Monday, June 3, 2013
Carlos Bocanegra and Racing Santander were unable to hold their lead and drew with Ponferradina on Sunday and have been relegated to Segunda B.
Racing Santander 2 - Ponferradina 2
Bocanegra and Santander started off strong with a first half goal from Marcos Gullón in the 13th minute. The Highlanders continued to control possession for much of the first half and doubled their lead in the 50th minute when Jairo Samperio scored his eighth goal of the season.
However, La Ponfe stormed back late in the second half ensuring a share of the points and remain in the hunt for a playoff spot, which will come down to the finale next week.
Máyor was able to get one goal back for the hosts in the 73rd minute and substitute Yuri scored his 20th of the season in the 87th minute to tie the match.
In the end, even a win would not have guaranteed safety for Santander as Mirandés downed Córdoba 2-1 to mathematically ensure safety and thus, relegation for the Highlanders.
The drop could be detrimental for the already cash strapped Santander team. This is their second relegation in two years and many of their main players will likely be sold this summer, including 19 year old Spain U-20's Samperio.
Bocanegra and Racing have one more match this season next week at home against Hércules, where large protests are again expected. Bocanegra will return to Rangers from his season long loan is over next week.
Oguchi Onyewu was an unused substitute as Málaga fell to Spanish champions Barcelona 4-1 on Saturday. Málaga finished in sixth place and have qualified for the Europa League next season.