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Spanish Primera BBVA

The Vallecas - Teresa Rivero (ATT 8,000) 20th December 2012 - Kick off 19:00 Ref: Jose Antonio Teixeira Vitienes

R Vallecano Rayo Vallecano vs Levante Levante

R Vallecano 3

Nacho (59)
Piti (80)
F Vazquez (90+4)

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Vallecano take the victory

Last Updated: 20/12/12 10:12pm

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Medina Piti: Scored for Rayo Vallecano

Medina Piti: Scored for Rayo Vallecano

Second-half goals by Nacho Martinez, Medina Piti and Franco Vazquez guided Rayo Vallecano to an emphatic 3-0 victory over Levante as they ended 2012 with two consecutive victories.

Martinez opened the scoring just before the hour and Piti struck 10 minutes from time, both goals coming from fine strikes, before Vazquez pounced.

Victory guided Rayo to two points behind Levante who had been in a strong vein of form coming into the game with six wins and two draws from their past 10 Primera Division matches, their only defeats coming against Barcelona and Real Madrid.

Rayo started the match in 10th, five points and four places behind their visitors, with both teams having taken three points in their previous outings.

Alejandro Dominguez's late penalty had earned Rayo a 1-0 victory at Valencia with Levante winning by the same scoreline at Real Zaragoza.

There was little of note in the opening exchanges and it was not until the 16th minute that either goal was threatened.

Jose Barkero curled in a left-footed free-kick from the right wing which was tipped over by Rayo goalkeeper Martinez Ruben.

Barkero then drilled a shot wide before Piti finally had an effort for the hosts, his long-range shot from the right going over the bar.

Leo Baptistao's shot from the centre of the penalty area did not unduly threaten the visitors' goal with Gustavo Munua gathering the ball.

Martinez fired wide and Baptistao headed past the post as the hosts enjoyed greater possession.

However, half-time arrived goalless and the second half continued in the same vein.

Obafemi Martins shot wide from distance for Levante before Rayo took the lead with a superb goal out of keeping with what had been on display up until then.

Just before the hour mark, Martinez collected the ball from Roberto Trashorras on the right and fired a left-footed shot into the top left-hand corner of the goal from 25 yards.

Rodriguez Angel fired over and Nabil El Zhar's 20-yard effort forced Ruben to parry the ball as the visitors searched for a leveller.

However, with just 10 minutes to go the hosts got their second of the game and again it was a fine finish, Piti sending a 30-yard free-kick into the top right of the goal.

Vazquez then got in on the act in injury time, drilling home after Leo Baptistao's strike from 30 yards was only parried by Munua.

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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