Sadiq Umar is now just three goals away from being crowned Goal King in Spain with UD Almeria.
The striker hit his 19th goal in the Segunda Division at FC Cartegena tonight to close in on Raul de Tomas of Espanyol, who has 22 goals.
Durdevic of Gijon has 21 goals.
Almeria lost 3-2 and they now have to go through to the promotion playoffs to return to La Liga after they fell nine points adrift of second-placed Mallorca with two rounds of matches to be played till the end of the regular season.
Espanyol and Mallorca have automatically won promotion back to the Spanish top flight.