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First Division - Day 25

Espanyol 1 - Levante 2

Espanyol: Kiko Casilla; Javi López, Raúl Rodríguez, Héctor Moreno, Didac; Forlín, Cristian Gómez (Kalu Uche 53'); Coutinho (Cristian Alfonso 92'), Verdú, Weiss; Alvaro Vázquez (Rui Fonte 70'). 4-2-3-1.
Levante: Munúa; Pedro López, Ballesteros, Cabral, Juanfran; Xavi Torres (Farinós 76'), Iborra; Valdo (Rubén Suárez 85'), Barkero, Ghezzal (Oscar Serrano 73'); Koné. 4-2-3-1.

0-1. 24. Valdo. Collected Barkero pass and ran through to shoot in off near post.
1-1. 49. Kalu Uche. Got on the end of Verdú free kick to head wide of Munúa.
1-2. 89. Rubén Suárez. Free kick from wide on left which deflected in off Verdú.

Yellow cards: Juanfran 13', Weiss 50', Munúa 51', Barkero 57', Xavi Torres 58', Farinós 91'.

Levante are back up to fourth in the table after a 1-2 victory at Espanyol on Saturday evening. The Valencia based side had dropped completely out of the European spots after failing to win since the start of the new year, but they took the lead somewhat against the run of play when Valdo picked up Barkero's pass and ran through to beat Kiko Casilla midway through the first half. Alvaro Vázquez and Weiss fired shots just wide either side of half time, but Casilla had to be at his best to tip a shot from Koné over the bar, and from the resulting corner Cabral just failed to hit the target. Espanyol were dominating possession though, and with a quarter of an hour to go Kalu Uche levelled the scores with a well directed header from Verdú's free kick. That appeared to be enough to keep the Catalans a point ahead of their opponents in the table, but in the last minute a wide Rubén Suárez free kick took a deflection off Verdú and span away from Casilla in to the net.