Saturday September 17, 2011 (17.00 UK)
El Molinon, Gijon
Saturday evening saw Unai Emery’s Valencia maintain their 100 percent record in the league as they beat Sporting Gijon away 1-0.
Neither side took complete control until the final minutes, but Roberto Soldado claimed his fifth goal in three matches half an hour into the game. Pablo Hernandez surged down the left flank, avoiding a number of challenges before looking for Jonas, but the former Gremio man’s attempt was saved allowing Soldado to tap home the rebound.
Soldado went close again in the second half following a clever through ball by Ever Banega, but Juan Pablo in the Sporting net made the save.
However, the striker didn’t last much longer as he was replaced after injuring his ankle and on came Aritz Aduriz, who missed a good opportunity himself moments later as Pablo again saved.
As the match went on, Sporting picked themselves up and went for the equaliser, but after a David Barral shot forced Vicente Guaita into an impressive save, the hosts failed to make their pressure tell despite keeping Valencia in their own penalty area for the closing moments.
With this victory, Valencia stay top of La Liga with three wins from three matches, while Sporting remain rooted to the foot of the table after their third straight defeat.
Sporting Gijon (4-2-3-1):Juan Pablo; Suarez, Botia, Gregory, Canella; Rivera, Alvarez (Carmelo 78); Novo (Alberto Ramos 57), Castro (Sangoy 57), De Las Cuevas; Barral
Unused subs: Pichu, Trejo, Eguren, Ricardinho
Valencia (4-2-2-2):Guaita; Bruno, Rami, Victor Ruiz, Jordi Alba; Albelda, Banega; Pablo, Canales (Tino Costa 79); Jonas (Piatti 61), Soldado (Aduriz 69)
Unused subs: Diego Alves, Mathieu, Maduro, Feghouli
Did you know…Sporting are now without a win in seven matches against Valencia.