First Division - Day 24

Sporting Gijón 2 – Rayo Vallecano 2

Sporting: Cuéllar; Vranjes, Luis Hernández, Jorge Meré, Isma López; Rachid, Sergio Alvarez; Carmona (Alex Menéndez 81’), Dani Ndi (Halilovic 09’), Jony; Guerrero (Carlos Castro 70’). 4-2-3-1.
Rayo: Juan Carlos; Quini (Iturra 46’), Tito, Dorado, Nacho; Diego Llorente, Trashorras; Pablo Hernández (Piti 81‘), Jozabed, Bebé (Embarba 71’); Miku. 4-2-3-1.

1-0. 05. Guerrero. Intercepted Quini back pass and steered shot past Juan Carlos.
1-1. 39. Miku. Latched on to Pablo Hernández pass and fired shot past Cuéllar.
2-1. 45. Halilovic. Poked shot past Juan Carlos after Jony laid ball back.
2-2. 58. Jozabed. Got on the end of Tito cross to turn ball in to net from far post.

Yellow cards: Nacho 22’, Vranjes 27’, Quini 30’, Rachid 44’, Iturra 62’, Sergio Alvarez 63’, Pablo Hernández 77’.

All square in Friday night’s relegation battle between Sporting Gijón and Rayo Vallecano, a 2-2 draw taking both a little further away from the drop zone pending the rest of the weekend games. The locals went ahead early on, Guerrero intercepting a bad back pass from Quini to steer a shot past Juan Carlos. The visiting keeper had to save from Isma López son afterwards, and although Miku levelled it after Pablo Hernández set him up on a quick counter-attack, Halilovic restored the lead on the stroke of half time, poking a shot into the net from the ground after picking up a pass from Jony. Juan Carlos had to keep out Guerrero after the restart, but with just under an hour gone Jozabed equalized again after Cuéllar misjudged Tito’s long centre, and Rayo came close to winning it in the end, Embarba and Trashorras both hitting the woodwork with the game in time added on.