A late Sergio Alvarez wonder goal was enough to guarantee Sporting Gijon hauled themselves out of l. a. Liga’s relegation zone on the ultimate day of the season at the expense of each Getafe and Rayo Vallecano.
Sporting Gijon imitate Ronaldo and Real Madrid
Already 1-0 up against Villarreal, Alvarez rocketed one in from the edge of the area to double Sporting’s lead and make almost sure of their survival. Indeed, the midfielder’s strike was so sweet that it created his coach, Abelardo Fernandez, burst into tears on the touchline.
The joyous celebrations continued once the final whistle, with the Gijon team pinching a leaf from Real Madrid’s book and posing for the now-ubiquitous “dressing space finish photo” — complete with carlos Castro manly fulfilling the shirtless Cristiano Ronaldo role.
Elsewhere, Gijon’s dramatic escape act came as welcome news to one of the club’s most famous former players, with Barcelona coach Luis Enrique — who was born in the town — donning his Rojiblancos colors in support.