First Division - Day 1

Sporting Gijón 1 - Getafe 2

Sporting: Sergio Sánchez; Sastre, Iván Hernández, Jorge, Canella; Matabuena, Michel; Pedro (Luis Morán 78'), Kike Mateo (Carmelo 68'), Diego Castro; Barral (Bilic 68'). 4-2-3-1.
Getafe: Pato Abbondanzieri; David Cortés, Cata Díaz, Mario, Licht (Granero 62'); Celestini, Casquero; Guerrón (Contra 78'), Albín, Gavilán; Manu del Moral (Soldado 62'). 4-2-3-1.

0-1. 14. Albín. Drove free kick through defensive wall past Sergio Sánchez.
1-1. 35. Diego Castro. Latched on to loose ball and curled shot past keeper.
1-2. 86. Casquero. Ran in to shoot from edge of area after cross not cleared.

Disappointment for Sporting Gijón in their return to the top flight after ten years in the wilderness, a late goal from Getafe leaving them without a point on the opening weekend. The Asturians started well in front of a packed Molinón stadium, Diego Castro almost intercepting a sloppy back pass and Abbondanzieri saving from a Jorge header. But a gap in the defensive wall allowed an Albín free kick to beat Sergio Sánchez on the quarter hour mark, and they were behind.

Barral almost equalised a few minutes later though when his half-hit shot was cleared off the line by Mario, and Diego Castro did level the scores later in the first half, latching on to a loose ball to curl a shot past the keeper. The visitors came back though, Sánchez keeping out a Manu header and an effort from Guerrón either side of half time. And just when it looked as if a draw was on the cards, Casquero latched on to a failed clearance to drive a shot past the keeper and win the match. Life in the first division is not that easy!