May 2, 2012 at 3pm UK at ​El Molinon
Sporting GijonSporting Gijon
2-3
Villarreal
 
FT

Result: Sporting Gijon 2-3 Villarreal

Result: Sporting Gijon 2-3 Villarreal
© PA Photos
Goals from Mario Gaspar, Marcos Senna and Hernan Perez see Villarreal ease their relegation fears with victory over fellow strugglers Sporting Gijon.

Villarreal have eased their relegation worries by defeating fellow strugglers Sporting Gijon at El Molinon.

The visitors began well and would have been ahead but for a couple of early saves from Gijon keeper Juan Pablo Colinas to deny the threatening Bruno.

Gijon's resistance didn't last long however, as Villarreal took the lead in the 19th minute when Bruno set up Mario Gaspar to tap in from close range.

The hosts equalised with five minutes of the half remaining when Alberto Ramos's effort from outside the area found the bottom right-hand corner.

Gijon couldn't however go in level at the break as Arnolin Gregory brought down Marco Ruben in the area, with Marcos Senna converting from 12 yards.

Villarreal pulled out a two-goal lead in the 57th minute when Hernan Perez beat Colinas from distance.

Alejandro Galvez made it a nervous finish for the visitors by pulling one back with five minutes to play but Gijon couldn't find an equaliser in the final moments.

Three points for Villarreal sees them move seven points clear of the La Liga drop zone, while defeat for Gijon all but relegates them to the second division.

Carlos Vela
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