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Ciutat de Valencia (ATT 13,000) 7th October 2012 - Kick off 11:00 Ref: Carlos Del Cerro Grande

Levante Levante vs Valencia Valencia

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Martins nets the winner

Last Updated: 07/10/12 2:09pm

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Obafemi Martins: Scored Levante's winner

Obafemi Martins: Scored Levante's winner

A superb Obafemi Martins strike proved the difference as Levante defeated city rivals Valencia 1-0 in Sunday's early Primera Division kick-off.

Martins scored the only goal of the match midway through the opening half, controlling his goalkeeper's long boot downfield before powering the ball home high into the net.

Victory maintains Levante's unbeaten start to the season on home turf, while Valencia remain without a win on their travels and could slip closer to the relegation zone before the end of the day.

The three points came as a timely lift for Levante, who were hammered 4-0 at Osasuna last weekend before contriving to throw away a lead to lose 2-1 at 10-man Hannover in the Europa League in midweek.

Martins was into the action for the hosts inside the opening minute with a shot that whistled wide, while with nine minutes gone David Navarro's header was saved by Valencia goalkeeper Vicente Guaita.

Valencia threatened for the first time in the 12th minute when Roberto Soldado's shot was tipped round the post by Gustavo Munua, while from the resulting corner the dangerous striker saw a header flash just wide.

Tino Costa brought another stop from Munua moments later, but with 22 minutes gone Los Che found themselves a goal down, with Levante's goalkeeper playing a big part in the build-up.

Munua's long kick downfield sat up perfectly for Martins, who raced beyond the last defender and controlled the ball on his chest before lashing home a ferocious left-footed finish high beyond the helpless Guaita.

Valencia struggled for a response after going behind, with Jonathan Viera and Fernando Gago wasteful with what chances the visitors created early in the second half.

Soldado saw a header comfortably saved by Munua with 11 minutes remaining as Valencia's last chance went begging, while Levante might have extended their lead in the final 10 minutes when Pedro Rios drew a good save from Guaita.

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1 Barcelona 37 93
2 Real Madrid 37 89
3 Atletico Madrid 37 77
4 Valencia 37 74
5 Sevilla 37 73
6 Villarreal 37 60
7 Athletic Bilbao 37 52
8 Malaga 37 50
9 Espanyol 37 49
10 Rayo Vallecano 37 49
11 Celta Vigo 37 48
12 Real Sociedad 37 43
13 Elche 37 40
14 Getafe 37 37
15 Levante 37 36
16 Granada 37 34
17 Deportivo La Coruna 37 34
18 Eibar 37 32
19 Almeria 37 32
20 Cordoba 37 20