Sunday September 25, 2011 (19.00 UK)
El Molinon, Gijon
Sporting created numerous chances and dominated possession in a rather scrappy affair, but they struggled to hit the target and really test Racing keeper Tono Ramirez. The visitors might even consider themselves lucky to leave with a point after an uninspired performance that was high in effort, but low in quality.
The first half started slowly as fouls peppered the opening twenty minutes and broke down the flow of the game. The first shot of the game didn’t come until the 20th minute when Miguel de las Cuevas’ cross was headed goalward by Andre Castro, only to be saved by Ramirez. Sporting kept the pressure up and came very close to opening the scoring when Ayoze hit the bar, again from a Cuevas cross. The teams went in level despite Manuel Preciado’s men looking the more dangerous.
Sporting carried their tempo into the second half, and almost took the lead after three minutes but David Barral could not keep his shot below the bar. The game opened up after that and both sides had a couple of shots blocked by some determined defending. Cuevas continued to look dangerous and came very close to getting a goal after Castro set him up on the right hand side of the box, but the winger’s shot struck the post. A few minutes later Cuevas again had an excellent chance to open the scoring when Oscar Trejo crossed into the box, but he somehow put his close-range header wide of the post. Racing were slightly more successful with the accuracy of their shots, but no more clinical. Juan Pablo was called into action infrequently, but saved competently when he was needed.
Los Racinguistas held out for a draw as the home side continued to miss the target, but the result will trouble both Coaches, as Sporting and Racing have now only scored two and three goals respectively in their last five La Liga games.
Sporting Gijon (4-2-3-1): Pablo; Lora, Botia, Hernandez, Canella; Rivera (Cases 72), Castro; Novo (Trejo 33), Cuevas, Ayoze (Sangoy 72); Barral
Unused subs: Eguren, Suarez, Cuellar, Gregory
Racing Santander (4-3-2-1): Ramirez; Francis, Bernardo, Gonzalez, C Fernandez; Diop, Tziolis; Samperio (Arana 63), Acosta (Stuani 22), Munitis; Ariel (Serrano 76)
Unused subs: Stuani, Cisma, Barba, Ariel, M Fernandez
Did you know… There have only been nine goals in the last six games between these two sides (via @whoscored).