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Sporting

34' Out Rachid Aït-Atmane in Nacho Cases

35' Out Babin in Burgui

54' Amorebieta

59' Nacho Cases

62' Out Amorebieta in Juan Rodríguez

88' Carmona

Villarreal

11' Jonathan

18' Sansone

39' Soriano

73' Pato

76' Out Soriano in Rodri

80' Out Sansone in Santos Borré

87' Out Pato in Leo Suárez

SPORTING 1-3 VILLARREAL

Forgotten man Pato produces blast from the past at Sporting

The former Milan player reminded the world why he was once the hottest prospect in football with a sensational display in Villarreal's 3-1 win at Sporting Gijon on Saturday.

Forgotten man Pato produces blast from the past at Sporting
Alberto Morante EFE

Alexandre Pato reminded the world why he was once the hottest prospect in football with a sensational display in Villarreal's 3-1 win at Sporting Gijon on Saturday.

The Brazilian, who signed for AC Milan before his 18th birthday for 26 million euros but never fulfilled his potential, was given a standing ovation by Sporting supporters despite being the architect of their team's defeat in La Liga.

Pato, who won the award for best young player in Europe in 2009, was the standout performer in a dominant display by Villarreal and nearly scored a candidate for goal of the season, twisting and turning through the middle and leaving a trail of Sporting players in his wake, only to be denied by goalkeeper Ivan Cuellar.

He made his first tangible mark on the game minutes later by racing in behind the defence to send the ball towards the far bottom corner, only for team mate Nicola Sansone to get the final touch into the net. Pato looked disappointed at not scoring himself but Sansone made amends by laying on a pass for the Brazilian to tap into an empty net in the 74th minute and round off the victory.