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Spanish Primera BBVA

Ciutat de Valencia (ATT 14,000) 10th March 2013 - Kick off 16:00 Ref: A Undiano Mallenco

Levante Levante vs Getafe Getafe


Getafe 0

Levante fail to strike

Last Updated: 10/03/13 6:54pm

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Miguel Moya: Helped Getafe draw

Miguel Moya: Helped Getafe draw

Levante missed the chance to move closer to the Europa League places as Getafe survived a one-sided goalless draw at the Ciutat de Valencia.

The east-coast outfit reached 36 points and 10th place courtesy of the stalemate - their highest-ever points tally at this stage of a Primera Division season - but they were left to rue a chronic lack of incision in front of goal.

Visiting goalkeeper Miguel Moya deserved praise for keeping Robert Acquafresca and Pedro Rios at bay in the first half but in truth, ninth-placed Getafe were lucky to escape with a point.

Both sides are battling for a possible place in Europe for next season but the early exchanges suggested Levante wanted it more.

On-loan Bologna striker Acquafresca tested Moya's reflexes with a searing strike from distance and the Getafe keeper did well to repel the ball with his feet.

Getafe rallied briefly, Jaime Gavilan warming Gustavo Munua's palms from outside of the box, but Acquafresca soon forced his way back into the game.

The Italian drew a nervous parry from Moya before Ivan Lopez rattled the crossbar with a curling shot from 20 yards.

Rios should have done better with Michel's inswinging cross, instead nodding the ball into Moya's arms, but the former did make Getafe's keeper deflect his rocket in the 36th minute.

Levante might have dominated the first half but they had Abdelaziz Barrada's malfunctioning radar to thank before the break as the Getafe midfielder scooped a dangerous ball just over the bar.

There was little more to cheer following the restart as a largely attritional period saw Rios injured and replaced by former Liverpool winger Nabil El Zhar.

The Moroccan's introduction reignited Levante's bid for all three points, though, and Acquafresca came very close to converting a header from El Zhar's corner.

Another home substitute, Marti Roger, tried his luck from the edge of the box in the 86th minute but his left-footed effort did little to trouble Moya.

Time was running out for Levante to convert their overwhelming domination but they pressed on and nearly snatched a late winner through Vicente Iborra.

When Alexis conceded a free-kick on the edge of the Getafe box, Juanlu passed to Iborra instead of shooting, but the surprise move was only good enough to rattle the crossbar and the points were duly shared.

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Spanish Primera BBVA

Spanish Primera BBVA
Pos Team P Pts
1 Real Madrid 19 48
2 Barcelona 20 47
3 Atletico Madrid 20 44
4 Valencia 20 41
5 Sevilla 19 39
6 Villarreal 20 38
7 Malaga 20 32
8 Eibar 20 27
9 Espanyol 20 26
10 Rayo Vallecano 20 23
11 Real Sociedad 20 22
12 Celta Vigo 20 21
13 Athletic Bilbao 20 20
14 Getafe 20 20
15 Cordoba 20 18
16 Deportivo La Coruna 20 18
17 Elche 20 17
18 Almeria 20 16
19 Levante 20 16
20 Granada 20 15