AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE
MADRID: Villarreal took a huge step to securing their position in Spanish League on Tuesday with a 3-2 away victory over relegation rivals Sporting Gijon.
Sporting meanwhile are almost certainly returning to the second-rung of Spanish football after three seasons in the top division. Full-back Mario Gaspar put the away team ahead on 19 minutes only for Alberto Lora to level 20 minutes later.
The all important third goal came from the penalty spot when Marcos Senna put Villarreal ahead just before half-time after Sporting defender Gregory Arnolin had inexplicably brought down Marco Ruben. Hernan Perez added a third on 56 minutes and although Alejandro Galvez struck for home team.
Villarreal will be safe if Zaragoza fail to beat Levante while Sporting’s only hope of survival come with gaining two wins in their final two games and hoping Rayo Vallecano, currently six points ahead, do not pick up another point.
Earlier Nigerian forward Odion Ighalo scored a first-half double for Granada to help the club to a vital 2-1 home win over Espanyol that also almost guarantees they will be playing in the first division next season. Didac Vila got a goal back for Espanyol.
Also, Getafe wasted a chance to improve their hopes of qualifying for Europa League after drawing 1-1 at home to already relegated Racing Santander. Miku scored a 59th minute penalty for the home team but Pape Diop levelled the game five minutes later to earn a deserved point for Racing.