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First Division - Day 9

Sporting Gijón 1 - Villarreal 1

Sporting: Juan Pablo; Lora, Botía, Gregory, José Angel; Eguren, Rivera; Miguel De las Cuevas (Iván Hernández 84'), Carmelo (Nacho Novo 64'), Diego Castro; Sangoy (Barral 72'). 4-2-3-1.
Villarreal: Diego López; Ángel, Gonzalo, Marchena, Capdevila; Cazorla, Bruno, Borja Valero, Cani (Altidore 70'); Nilmar (Musacchio 77'), Rossi. 4-4-2.

1-0. 68. Diego Costa (penalty). After Gonzalo blocked Miguel's cross with arm.
1-1. 92. Rossi (penalty). After Marchena pulled down by Eguren inside area.

Yellow cards: Gregory 08', Sangoy 35', Rivera 44', Gonzalo 67', 75', Valero 71', Angel 90', Eguren 91', Barral 92' / red cards: Gonzalo 75'.

Villarreal extended their unbeaten run to eight games, although they drop down the table to third after drawing 1-1 at Sporting Gijón. In the end though they were grateful for a point after equalising in the second minute of injury time. It was a rainy Sunday evening in most of Spain, and the wet conditions made play difficult at times. Even so there were several chances in a goal-less first half, Juan Pablo saving well from Nilmar and from Rossi, Sangoy, Diego Castro and De las Cuevas trying their luck at the other end, and Nilmar having a couple of penalty appeals turned down.

Midway through the second half though Diego Castro put the Asturians ahead from the penalty spot after Gonzalo handled in the area, and Gonzalo himself was sent off a few minutes later after picking up a second booking. De las Cuevas brought a good save out of Diego López and then fired another shot against the upright as the locals looked to wrap things up, but with the final whistle approaching Marchena was held back by Eguren in the area, and Rossi stepped up to equalise from the penalty spot.