Levante: Munúa; Pedro López,
Ballesteros, Cabral, Juanfran; Xavi Torres, Iborra; Valdo (Pallardó
86'), Ghezzal (Rubén Suárez 76'), Barkero; Koné (Javi
Venta 72'). 4-2-3-1.
Betis: Fabricio; Nelson, Paulao (Santa Cruz 53'), Dorado, Nacho; Salva Sevilla (Cañas 64'), Iriney, Beñat, Jefferson Montero (Jonathan Pereira 59'); Jorge Molina, Rubén Castro. 4-4-2.
1-0. 34. Barkero. Curled free kick over defensive wall inside near post.
2-0. 42. Xavi Torres. Steered header in off post from Juanfran's cross.
2-1. 44. Jorge Molina. Fired shot past Munúa after defence let ball through.
3-1. 51. Koné. Struck shot wide of Fabricio after Ghezzal passed across.
Yellow cards: Pedro López 12', Ballesteros 35', Salva Sevilla 46', Fabricio 56', Pereira 64', Iborra 66', Valdo 71', Juanfran 84'.
Levante are back! The Valencia based side put their bad start to 2012 behind them with a 3-1 victory over Betis on Monday night which takes them back up to fourth. All the goals came in a fifteen minute period around half time, Barkero opening the scoring for the locals with a free kick inside Fabricio's near post. Eight minutes later Xavi Torres headed the second after good work by Barkero and Juanfran, but before the half time whistle some slack defending let a long pass through to Jorge Molina for him to get one back. Levante restored the two goal cushion though just five minutes in to the second half, Ghezzal waiting for Koné to come back onside before slipping the ball through for him to beat the visiting keeper with a low shot. Ghezzal went close a couple of times after that, but Juan Ignacio Martínez eventually decided it was time to consolidate, and put on an extra defender to close things down. Munúa had to save from Pereira, Molina and Santa Cruz, and Rubén Castro looped a header on to the crossbar, but there was no time left to turn this one around. Levante had their second win in a row to move on to 38 points, just a couple short of their original objective for the entire campaign. It remains to be seen whether they can hold on for a historic place in Europe, but whatever the case this has already been their best season ever.