Sporting: Juan Pablo; Damián
Suárez, Iván Hernández, Gregory, Canella; Rivera (Eguren
80'), André Castro; Trejo (Ayoze 84'), Nacho Novo (Bilic 68'), Miguel De
las Cuevas; Barral. 4-2-3-1.
Espanyol: Cristian Alvarez; Galán, Raúl Rodríguez, Héctor Moreno, Didac; Raúl Baena, Romaric; Sergio García (Cristian Gómez 86'), Verdú, Weiss (Rui Fonte 46'); Thievy (Alvaro Vázquez 62'). 4-2-3-1.
0-1. 02. Thievy. Picked up Sergio García pass and ran on to shoot wide of keeper.
1-1. 60. Barral. Flicked ball past Cristian Alvarez on near post from Miguel's corner.
1-2. 83. Sergio García. First time shot on turn after Verdú headed on Didac pass.
Yellow cards: Weiss 26', Rui Fonte 75'.
Espanyol beat Sporting Gijón 1-2 on Saturday evening to move up to seventh, now just a point behind Sevilla and Málaga in the table. The Catalans took the lead in only the second minute, Thievy picking up a pass from Sergio García and turning past his marker before beating Juan Pablo with an angled shot. The local keeper had to save from Thievy, García and Galán after that, but his opposite number Cristian alvarez did well to tip over a shot from De las Cuevas, and another effort from André Castro hit Barral as it was going in. After the restart Barral equalised from a De las Cuevas corner, but Sergio García restored the lead with an impressive volley after Verdú had headed on Didac's lifted pass. The defeat leaves the Asturians further down in the bottom three.