First Division - Day 21

Sporting Gijón 2 - Alavés 4

Sporting: Cuéllar; Lillo, Jorge Meré, Amorebieta, Canella (Lacina Traoré 70’); Mikel Vesga, Nacho Cases; Akram Afif (Burgui 46‘), Carmona, Isma López; Duje Cop (Carlos Castro 62’). 4-2-3-1.
Alavés: Pacheco; Vigaray, Alexis, Feddal, Raúl García; Dani Torres, Krsticic; Edgar Méndez, Rubén Sobrino (Manu García 80’), Katai (Oscar Romero 66’): Christian Santos (Deyverson 67’). 4-2-3-1.

0-1. 10. Sobrino. Picked up Katai pass and held off marker to beat Cuéllar.
0-2. 58. Christian Santos (penalty). After Jorge Meré brought down Vigaray.
0-3. 70. Edgar (penalty). After Amorebieta elbowed Deyverson in the area.
1-3. 84. Traoré. Controlled Nacho Cases centre and poked shot past Pacheco.
1-4. 85. Alexis. Steered header back past Cuéllar from Oscar Romero cross.
2-4. 90. Carlos Castro. Collected Carmona pass and fired low shot past keeper.

Yellow cards: Katai 20’, Krsticic 23’, Mikel Vesga 39’, Akram Afif 44’, Christian Santos 45’, Amorebieta 68’, Cuéllar 69’, Carmona 71’, Traoré 75’, Nacho Cases 75’.

Sporting Gijón stay in the bottom three after they lost 2-4 to Alavés, the Asturians ending the weekend five points away from safety. With the two-leg cup semi-finals taking place either side of this match, Pellegrino put out a much changed line-up, but even so Rubén Sobrino put his side ahead after picking up an assist from Katai with only ten minutes gone. Christian Santos and Edgar Méndez added two more from the penalty spot in the second half, and it was not until six minutes from the end that the locals responded, new signing Traoré opening his account just a quarter of an hour after making his debut. Alexis headed a fourth for the visitors though from Oscar Romero’s cross, and with many disgruntled fans already on the way home, Carlos Castro completed the scoring in the last minute.