Sporting settle for Espanyol point

Sporting Gijon had to settle for a point at home to Espanyol as their battle against relegation looks set to run until the end of the campaign.

Victor Rodriguez had fired the Asturians into a first half lead with a fantastic 25-yard free kick whipped perfectly over the wall and crept past Espanyol goalkeeper Diego Lopez and into the bottom corner.

However, Quique Sanchez Flores’ troops helped to shore up their position in the top half of La Liga, levelled ten minutes after the break when Gerard Moreno picked up Leo Baptistao’s pass before rounding goalkeeper Ivan Cuellar and netting.

Sporting have now moved to within three points of 17th-places Leganes, who will take on Las Palmas on Wednesday evening.