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Spanish Primera BBVA

Ciutat de Valencia (ATT 10,500) 2nd September 2012 - Kick off 17:00 Ref: Jose Antonio Teixeira Vitienes

Levante Levante vs Espanyol Espanyol

Levante 3

Juanlu (54)
C Lell (56)
V Iborra (S/O 82)
Michel (90+3)

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Espanyol 2

S Longo (21)
S Tejera (25)

Dramatic victory for Levante

Last Updated: 02/09/12 9:28pm

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Juanlu: Scored for Levente

Juanlu: Scored for Levente

Levante netted a stoppage-time winner to claim a stunning comeback 3-2 victory against Espanyol and earn their first Primera Division win of the campaign.

Espanyol had looked on course to claim their own maiden victory after establishing a 2-0 lead inside the opening 25 minutes through fine efforts from summer signings Samuele Longo and Sergio Tejera.

However, Levante hit back at the start of the second half to draw level with quickfire goals from Juanlu and Christian Lell and then, despite losing striker Vicente Iborra to an 82nd-minute red card, the home side snatched the points when Michel's cross was deflected in three minutes into stoppage time.

Despite taking only one point from their opening two league games, Levante came into this match buoyed by Thursday's victory over Motherwell which saw them qualify for the group stage of the Europa League on their continental debut.

It was Espanyol who enjoyed the much better start today, though, and they took a 21st-minute lead when 20-year-old Longo, who joined on loan from Inter Milan this week, smashed in a stunning volley from inside the area.

Four minutes later it was 2-0 as Tejera, who switched from Real Mallorca this summer, produced a superb curling left-footed finish to beat Levante goalkeeper Gustavo Munua from 25 yards out.

At that stage it looked as though Espanyol would be celebrating their first win of the season.

Levante had other ideas, though.

With a strike that even outshone Espanyol's two goals, Juanlu halved the deficit in the 54th minute when he lashed an unstoppable 25-yard drive into the top corner after a Jose Barkero corner had been laid back to him.

The home side's fans had barely finished celebrating that goal when Levante drew level when Lell slotted home at the second attempt.

Levante were favourites to find a winner after that, but their hopes took a major hit in the 82nd minute when Iborra, having been booked earlier in the half, was shown a second yellow for a foul on Juan Forlin.

But despite being reduced to 10 men, Levante still sought a winner

and Ruben Garcia and Bakero tried their luck before the hosts claimed the victory right at the death when Michel's low cross took a deflection off Espanyol defender Raul Rodriguez which left his keeper Cristian Alvarez wrong-footed.

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Table

Spanish Primera BBVA

Spanish Primera BBVA
Pos Team P Pts
1 Barcelona 38 94
2 Real Madrid 38 92
3 Atletico Madrid 38 78
4 Valencia 38 77
5 Sevilla 38 76
6 Villarreal 38 60
7 Athletic Bilbao 38 55
8 Celta Vigo 38 51
9 Malaga 38 50
10 Espanyol 38 49
11 Rayo Vallecano 38 49
12 Real Sociedad 38 46
13 Elche 38 41
14 Levante 38 37
15 Getafe 38 37
16 Deportivo La Coruna 38 35
17 Granada 38 35
18 Eibar 38 35
19 Almeria 38 32
20 Cordoba 38 20