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La Liga Review: Valencia Loses Again While Sporting Gijon Continues Strong Start

Valencia-fansThe La Liga season is just three matches old, but already one Spanish team is in a deep dark place, while the other has surged to new heights.

Valencia remains without a single point after falling at the death to Real Betis at home. Pako Ayestaran’s squad fell two goals and a man down just after halftime, but completed a stunning comeback with goals from Rodrigo and Ezequiel Garay to even things up. Unfortunately, it wouldn’t hold as Ruben Castro found himself inexplicably wide open at the far post and grabbed his second of the game two minutes into stoppage time to give Betis the 3-2 road win.

After finishing a disappointing 12th last year, Valencia fans would have thought that was rock bottom, but the club continues to slide deeper into the depths of La Liga. They will take on Athletic Bilbao next weekend, another club without a point thus far.

While Valencia struggles, Sporting Gijon continued its strong start with a 2-1 home win over newly promoted Leganes thanks to a pair of first-half goals from Nacho Cases and Duje Cop. Sporting narrowly avoided relegation last season, finishing 17th, but are unbeaten through three matches this season and sit on seven points.

Elsewhere, Eibar defeated Granada 2-1 despite falling to 10 men after just a half-hour. Eibar goalkeeper Asier Riesgo was sent off in the 32nd minute, but Pedro Leon opened the scoring just 11 minutes later, and Sergi Enrich hit the winner in the 93rd minute, beating Guillermo Ochoa one-on-one from a tight angle to earn all three points. The win gives Eibar six points through three matches, while Granada has just a single point thus far.

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