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Paco Alcacer seals game for Valencia against Sporting Gijon

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After a difficult and close contest, Paco Alcacer managed to steal a late winner for Valencia as they claimed the three points to give them their first win of the season over Sporting Gijon.

After a close game in the first-half, Danny Parejo came closest to giving the away side the lead before the eventual late winner moments from the final whistle by substitute Alcacer.

The game saw both goalkeepers in action as both sides jostled for complete dominance of a closely contested match.

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The fifth minute saw Jaume Domenech make a diving save from a Jony shot with the challenging shot bringing the first corner of the game.

Ten minutes later Domenech was brought into action again as he claimed a simple save from Antonio Sanabria's effort.

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After 22-minutes, Pablo Piatti provided Valencia's first effort as his left-foot shot fired over the home team's bar.

Alvaro Negredo and Piatti had minor opportunities on goal as a lackluster and slow first half from the two teams came to an end.

The second half started in a similar vein as both sides continued without much prevail to grasp the first and most important goal of the close contest.

However Valencia midfielder Parejo rocketed a left-footed volley from the edge of the box which just glanced the top of Pichu's bar.

The tense nature of the game was assisted by a muted home atmosphere as Jaume made a simple save again from a Bernardo Espinoza header just over ten minutes later.

After a number more chances that failed to provide for both teams with efforts from Jony flying wide and Pablo Perez's effort forcing another low left side save from Domenech in the Valencia goal.

With the game seemingly heading for a draw, a cross from substitute Zakaria Bakkali  found the head of Alcacer, who drove his close-range header into the centre of the goal, leaving the home side deflated.

After a difficult test for Valencia, they managed to break down a stubborn opposition in Gijon who have shown strong resolve in their home matches this season. They will come away disappointed to have not gained at least a point.

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