Espanyol: Kameni; Chica, Forlín,
Víctor Ruíz, Didac; Raúl Baena, Javi Márquez; Luis
García, Sergio García (Duscher 57'), Callejón (Rui Fonte
90'); Osvaldo (Iván Alonso 83'). 4-2-3-1.
Sporting: Juan Pablo; Lora, Botía, Gregory, José Angel; Eguren (Ayoze 74'), Rivera; Luis Morán, Miguel De las Cuevas, Sergio Alvarez (Carmelo 63'); Sangoy (Barral 58'). 4-2-3-1.
1-0. 70. Luis García. Controlled Osvaldo's lifted pass and rounded keeper to score.
Yellow cards: José Angel 14', Botía 41', Baena 44', 51', Sangoy 44', Sergio Alvarez 57', Callejón 67', Javi Márquez 78', Lora 78' / red cards: Baena 51'.
Espanyol remain two points behind Villarreal in fourth place after they won 1-0 against Sporting Gijón. The Asturians were in desperate need of points, and Sangoy could have done better early on when free in front of Kameni. Osvaldo had a goal ruled out for offside and Javi Márquez fired a spectacular volley just wide in reply, but six minutes after the restart the Catalans were left with ten men when Raúl Baena was sent off after picking up a rigorous second yellow card.
Luis Morán lobbed a shot just over the bar and Carmelo fired another effort wide of the mark as the visitors tried to take advantage of the extra man. However with twenty minutes to go Luis García ran on to Osvaldo's lofted pass to score what was to prove the only goal, keeping up his team's 100% record at home. Sporting felt they should have had a late penalty for a foul on Miguel, but it was not to be, leaving Manolo Preciado's side down in the relegation spots after seven games without a win.