First Division - Day 16

Levante 1 - Albacete 1

Levante: Mora; Pinillos, Culebras, Jesule, Harte; Ettien, Celestini, Sandro (Camacho 75'), Jofre; Reggi (Sergio García 67'), Manchev (Congo 80'). 4-4-2.
Albacete: Gaspercic; Gaspar (Oscar Montiel 52'), Buades, Rubén, Peña; Alvaro Rubio, Jaime (David Sánchez 78'); Redondo, Pacheco, Momo (Francisco 62'); Mikel. 4-2-3-1.

Team changes: Levante: Sandro, Jofre, Reggi for Rivera, Nacho, Sergio García / Albacete: Buades, Alvaro Rubio, Jaime, Momo for Oscar Montiel, Siviero, David Sánchez, Mark González.

0-1. 29. Gaspar. Following up after Pacheco free kick came back off post.
1-1. 41. Culebras. Fired ball back into net after defence failed to clear free kick.

Levante and Albacete drew 1-1 in the first match on Saturday evening, a result which keeps the home side in mid-table after six games without a win, and takes the visitors out of the relegation zone pending Sunday's games. Both goals were scored by defenders in the first half, Gaspar putting the visitors ahead after Pacheco's free kick came off the post, not long after Pacheco had rattled the woodwork for a first time. And Culebras equalised somewhat against the run of play before the break, poking the loose ball into the net after Gaspercic had tried to punch clear a free kick and had only succeeding in hitting it against the back of the head of his team mate Buades.

Referee Megia Dávila got into the act in the second half, waving away claims that the ball had crossed the line when Gaspercic stopped Reggi's header in the goalmouth. So sure were Levante that the ball had gone in that the electronic scoreboard constantly flashed up "it was a goal" from then on. And only seven minutes later Megia awarded a penalty to the home side after Ettien was brought down, only to change his mind at the insistence of his linesman and give a free kick outside of the area. Local manager Bernd Schuster couldn't control himself any longer and got himself a red card for his protests, to be followed soon after by the assistant coach who also was sent off. They watched an exciting last few minutes from the stands before Megia finally called it a day.