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Sporting beat Valencia in Copa del Rey tie

IANS  |  Gijon (Spain) 

plunged deeper into crisis with a 1-2 loss against second-division Sporting Gijon in the first leg of their knockout stage tie.

The visiting side enjoyed a big edge in possession at the start here on Tuesday and probably should have taken the lead in the 1st minute on a defensive error that left Michy Batshuayi with the ball in scoring position, but the Belgian failed to beat Sporting keeper Dani Martin, reports

Instead, it was a defensive lapse that set up the first goal, allowing to float the ball to a waiting Javi Noblejas, who evaded defender and overcame keeper Jaume Domenech to give Sporting the lead in the 33rd minute.

managed to pull level in the final minute of the first half though officials consulted the video referee before confirming Kevin Gameiro's goal.

The hosts were by far the more ambitious team on the attack in the second half, yet Domenech dealt easily with efforts by Noblejas and Sousa.

Ultimately, Sporting's greater determination bore fruit thanks to the work of late substitutes and

Traver's ball found Blackman on the edge of the area and the Englishman unleashed a thunderous header to make it 2-1 for Sporting in the 78th minute.



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First Published: Wed, January 09 2019. 13:04 IST