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Spanish Primera BBVA

Ciutat de Valencia (ATT 13,045) 1st June 2013 - Kick off 20:00 Ref: F Teixeira Vitienes

Levante Levante vs Real Betis Real Betis

Levante 1

P Rios (51)


Real Betis 1

J Molina (67)

Levante miss out on Europe

Last Updated: 01/06/13 10:26pm

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Pedro Rios: Opened the scoring on the night

Pedro Rios: Opened the scoring on the night

Levante's bid to join Real Betis in Europa League qualification failed at the final hurdle tonight as the two sides played out a low-key draw at Estadi Ciutat de Valencia.

Pedro Rios opened the scoring for the hosts in the 51st minute but Jorge Molina's leveller midway through the second half ensured the points were shared.

Levante came into the final day of the season in 11th place in the Primera Division but still in with a shout of reaching Europe next season.

For that to happen, they needed to beat Betis and hope Sevilla lost at home to Champions League-chasing Valencia and Getafe were beaten at lowly Granada.

While Getafe obliged, Sevilla's 4-3 win allied to Levante's stalemate left Juan Ignacio Martinez's men still mired in 11th place, four points shy of ninth place and what could be the final European berth depending on the outcome of appeals lodged by Malaga and Rayo Vallecano against their respective continental bans.

Betis, meanwhile, can reflect on an impressive season that has delivered a seventh-placed finish and the prize of a place in the Europa League qualifiers.

After a low key opening 45 minutes, the game sparked into life six minutes into the second period as Levante took the lead.

Nikos Karabelas had a telling contribution from the left channel, his pinpoint cross evading the Betis backline and falling for Rios, who directed a header low into the left corner.

Ruben Garcia almost doubled the lead minutes later but Casto was the equal of his strike from the edge of the area.

Betis pulled level with a goal of some quality in the 67th minute as Molina picked up the ball in a dangerous position before taking aim from 20 yards with a fierce drive into the top-right corner.

Either side could have gone on and taken the three points had they felt inclined, but with Betis already assured of a place in Europe and Levante no doubt aware of results elsewhere, the game tailed off into a glorified end-of-season kickabout.

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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