Villarreal: Diego López; Mario Gaspar,
Gonzalo, Musacchio, Capdevila; Cani (Wakaso 58'), Bruno, Borja Valero, Cazorla
(Català 88'); Nilmar (Matilla 79'), Rossi. 4-4-2.
Sporting: Cuéllar (Juan Pablo 67'); Sastre, Botía, Iván Hernández, José Angel; Rivera (Canella 68'), Nacho Cases; Miguel De las Cuevas, André Castro (Nacho Novo 80'), Diego Castro; Barral. 4-2-3-1.
1-0. 29. Rossi. Turned ball in on far post after Cuéllar misjudged Cazorla corner.
1-1. 92. Diego Castro (penalty). After Barral fell under challenge from Gonzalo.
Yellow cards: José Angel 41', 65', Iván Hernández 60', Cuéllar 67', Capdevila 79', Gonzalo 91' / red cards: José Angel 65', Sastre 89'.
Fourth placed Villarreal could only draw 1-1 against a Sporting Gijón side who saved a point with a controversial last minute penalty when down to nine men. Thursday's gruelling Europa League match took its toll at first, the Asturians testing Diego López two or three times in the opening minutes. But with half an hour on the clock Cuéllar misjudged a long corner, the ball falling to Rossi who steered a shot in to the net from the far post. Midway through the second half Cuéllar injured himself coming out of his area to clear, and in the resulting confusion José Angel was shown a second yellow card for something he said to the referee. The ten men didn't give up though, Barral hitting a post before Sastre was also shown a red card for pulling up Rossi as he advanced on goal. With the game in injury time Sporting threw caution to the wind, and in a last ditch attack Barral fell theatrically under a challenge from Gonzalo. To the surprise of the home team though the referee pointed to the spot, and Diego Castro stepped up to hit a soft spot kick past the keeper.