|First Division - Day 37|
Levante 1 - Valencia 5
Reina; Descarga (Manolo Gaspar 78'), Robusté, Armando, Rubiales;
José Serrano, Javi Fuego; Juanma (Pedro León 62'), Riga
(Saúl 83'), Courtois; Geijo. 4-2-3-1.
Team changes: Levante: Descarga, Courtois, Geijo for Manolo Gaspar, Saúl, Iborra / Valencia: Albelda, Arizmendi, Angulo, Mata for Marchena, Joaquín, David Silva, Vicente.
Valencia are safe at last after a resounding 1-5 win at city neighbours Levante, whose financial plight was supported by protests in all the grounds this weekend. David Villa was the star of the match on a waterlogged pitch, scoring a hat-trick and having a hand in the other two goals. The Spanish international striker got the first with a well struck free kick, and added a second on the half hour mark after picking up the ball from Baraja and beating Reina at the second attempt.
José Serrano got one back two minutes later from a set piece free kick, his shot taking a deflection off the defensive wall to wrong-foot Hildebrand. But Villa appeared again to set up Mata and Angulo either side of half time, and then round things off a minute later with his own third of the night. Voro had saved Valencia, but their neighbours face an uncertain future, and the players have announced an indefinite strike as from next week which means they may not turn up to play Real Madrid next weekend.