Racing Santander draws 1-1 with Sporting Gijon

JOSEPH WILSON Associated Press Published:

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- Racing Santander rallied for a 1-1 home draw against Sporting Gijon on Saturday in a Spanish league relegation fight.

Striker David Barral put Sporting ahead against the run of play when he blasted in a rising free kick for his eighth goal of the season in the 42nd minute.

But Racing continued to show more initiative and Christian Stuani pulled the hosts even in the 74th with his fourth goal from the penalty spot of the season after being fouled by substitute defender Alejandro Galvez.

Racing remains 18th in the 20-team division with 24 points while Sporting, which has drawn two straight under former Spain coach Javier Clemente, is two points behind in 19th.

Getafe drew 1-1 at Real Betis.