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Spanish Primera BBVA

(ATT 14,000) 17th March 2013 - Kick off 20:00 Ref: Jesus Gil Manzano

Granada Granada vs Levante Levante

Granada 1

G Siqueira (pen 32)


Levante 1

R Acquafresca (50)

Levante slip up again

Last Updated: 18/03/13 12:06am

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Guilherme Siqueira: Opened the scoring from the spot

Guilherme Siqueira: Opened the scoring from the spot

Levante's hopes of another European adventure next season are looking increasingly bleak after dropping yet more points at relegation-battling Granada.

The Valencia-based side enjoyed a memorable maiden campaign in Europe this term, reaching the last 16 before being knocked out by Rubin Kazan, but that run looks to have had a negative impact on their league form.

They were in the top six in January but just one win in 10 matches since then has seen them slump down to 11th place, seven points adrift of the European spots.

Sunday's result - a 1-1 draw - was another disappointing one, although it might have been even worse for Juan Ignacio Martinez's side with Granada taking a 32nd-minute lead through Guilherme Siqueira's penalty.

Levante did at least manage to get back on terms thanks to substitute Robert Acquafresca's equaliser five minutes after half-time, but they could not go on to find a winner in a fractious match that saw 15 players booked.

Neither goalkeeper was tested in the opening exchanges with the majority of efforts coming from distance and with little accuracy, but just after the half-hour mark Granada were given the perfect chance to go ahead when Pedro Lopez handled in the box.

And Siqueira was not about to waste the opportunity, the Brazilian slotting the resulting penalty past Gustavo Munua.

With notable goalmouth incidents still at a premium, the next decent opening for either side resulted in Levante's equaliser at the start of the second half.

Acquafresca, having replaced Pedro Rios at the break, made an immediate impact as he turned in Michel's left-wing cross.

Granada pushed for a winner late on as they looked to move further away from the relegation zone, but Yacine Brahimi and Youssef El Arabi saw efforts saved by Munua as the spoils were shared.

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Spanish Primera BBVA

Spanish Primera BBVA
Pos Team P Pts
1 Atletico Madrid 38 90
2 Barcelona 38 87
3 Real Madrid 38 87
4 Athletic Bilbao 38 70
5 Sevilla 38 63
6 Villarreal 38 59
7 Real Sociedad 38 59
8 Valencia 38 49
9 Celta Vigo 38 49
10 Levante 38 48
11 Malaga 38 45
12 Rayo Vallecano 38 43
13 Getafe 38 42
14 Espanyol 38 42
15 Granada 38 41
16 Elche 38 40
17 Almeria 38 40
18 Osasuna 38 39
19 Real Valladolid 38 36
20 Real Betis 38 25