Sporting: Juan Pablo; Damián
Suárez, Gregory, Botía (André Castro 78'), Alex
Menéndez; Lora, Gálvez; De las Cuevas (Mendy 56'), Trejo, Colunga
(Bilic 60'); Sangoy. 4-2-3-1.
Villarreal: Diego López; Mario, Zapata, Musacchio, Jaume Costa; Marcos Senna (Ángel 61'), Marchena (Wakaso 71'), Bruno; Hernán Pérez (Gonzalo 88'), Marco Rubén, Borja Valero. 4-3-3.
0-1. 19. Mario. Got on the end of Bruno's cross to poke shot past Juan Pablo.
1-1. 39. Lora. Picked up ball outside area and struck low shot past Diego López.
1-2. 43. Marcos Senna (penalty). After Gregory tripped Marco Rubén inside area.
1-3. 56. Hernán Pérez. Collected Borja pass and ran through to shoot in off post.
2-3. 85. Gálvez. Turned shot past keeper after Zapata headed back high ball.
Yellow cards: Hernán Pérez 32', Botía 34', Gregory 41', Mario 46', Lotina 57', Marchena 63', Gálvez 66', Wakaso 90', Gonzalo 95', Lora 96' / red cards: Clemente 86', César 93'.
Villarreal took a massive step towards safety after a 2-3 win at Sporting Gijón on Tuesday evening. Miguel Angel Lotina's side started the day just four points ahead of the Asturians in the table, and a defeat would have dragged them down in to the relegation struggle. But with twenty minute on the clock Mario got free in front of goal, and although Juan Pablo kept him out, the full back picked up the rebound and crossed in for Bruno to score. Sporting felt they should have had a penalty when Jaume Costa handled in the area, and a few minutes later Lora equalised with a shot from outside of the area. However with the first half coming to a close referee Del Cerro Grande awarded a penalty to the visitors after Gregory brought down Marco Rubén, and Marcos Senna stepped up to fire home the spot kick. Soon after the restart Hernán Pérez hit the post, and a couple of minutes later the Paraguayan forward made it three with another long shot which also hit the upright before bouncing in to the net. Gálvez closed the gap again with five minutes to go though after Zapata could only head a high ball in to his path to set up a frenetic finish in which local coach Javier Clemente and Villarreal's reserve keeper César were shown red cards, but the visitors held on to virtually ensure their place in the top flight for another season. It was the worst possible result for Sporting though, who are virtually relegated after the rest of the day's results.