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21.09.2010 11:55

Villa’s special game

Jesús Carrillo

As an Asturian native and a lifelong Sporting fan, it’s always a bitter sweet feeling for David Villa when he scores against the Gijon team. This Wednesday he’s got the chance to beat Sporting at home for the first time in his career.

With Sporting having spent much of his career in the second division, David Villa has only come up against them four times and he’s scored against them four times.

No celebrations

Villa doesn’t normally celebrate his goals against Sporting and when he played against them for Valencia he failed to come away with a win on both occasions the Gijon team visited Mestalla, whilst he won once and drew the other time he visited El Molinon.

Two penalties

villa1_x3x.jpgVilla has scored in three of the four games he’s faced Sporting – twice from the penalty spot. On Sporting’s first visit to the Mestalla after promotion, they won 2-3, a result reversed in the game at El Molinon and Villa scored penalties in both games.

Two draws last season

Last season the teams drew both games -2-2 in Valencia with Villa getting both goals and a goalless draw in Gijon, the only game that the Spanish striker failed to score against his favourite team.
Villa’s special game
Echoes of Luis Enrique
Villa’s refusal to celebrate his strikes against Sporting is a replica of fellow Asturian Luis Enrique’s behaviour when he bagged two against Sporting in the 97/98 season.

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