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First Division - Day 32

Levante 2 - Espanyol 2

Levante: Diego Mariño; Iván López (José Mari 60‘), Vyntra, Juanfran, Toño; El Zhar (Víctor Casadesús 74‘), Camarasa, Simao (Rubén García 60‘), Morales; Barral, Kalu Uche. 4-4-2.
Espanyol: Kiko Casilla; Arbilla, Alvaro González, Héctor Moreno, Duarte; Javi López, Víctor Sánchez; Lucas Vázquez (Mattioni 84’), Sergio García, Víctor Alvarez (Paco Montañés 71’); Caicedo (Stuani 61’). 4-2-3-1.

0-1. 18. Lucas. Drilled ball back into net after Mariño saved from Víctor Sánchez.
1-1. 21. Simao. Angled near post header across Casilla from El-Zhar’s corner.
1-2. 45. Caicedo. Latched on to Víctor Alvarez pass and struck shot past keeper.
2-2. 87. Víctor Casadesús. Turned shot past keeper after Uche headed ball over.

Yellow cards: José Mari 65’, Víctor Sánchez 73’, Javi López 75’, Duarte 90’.

Levante and Espanyol drew 2-2 in this week’s Friday night game, a result which takes the locals out of the bottom three pending the rest of the weekend fixtures, and leaves the visitors still four points behind seventh placed Málaga. The Catalans went ahead twice in the first half, Lucas Vázquez opening the scoring in the eighteenth minute after Diego Mariño could only push out a shot from Víctor Sánchez. Simao headed the equalzer from an El-Zhar corner just three minutes later, but Caicedo restored the lead against his old club on the stroke of half time after latching on to a through ball from Víctor Alvarez. Both teams had chances after the restart, Morales shooting wide and Barral hitting the bar for the Valencia based side, and Víctor Alvarez and Stuani bringing good stops out of Mariño. However with three minutes to go Kalu Uche headed a long ball from Juanfran across the area for Víctor Casadesús to steer a shot past Casilla and save a much needed point for his team.