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Spanish Primera BBVA

Ciutat de Valencia (ATT 14,684) 9th February 2013 - Kick off 19:00 Ref: C Clos Gomez

Levante Levante vs Malaga Malaga

Levante 1

J Barkero (pen 27)

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Malaga 2

Isco (pen 37, 47)

Malaga reclaim fourth spot

Last Updated: 09/02/13 9:48pm

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Isco (l) celebrates with his Malaga team-mates

Isco (l) celebrates with his Malaga team-mates

Isco scored twice as Malaga moved back into fourth place in the Primera Division on the back of a 2-1 victory at fellow European hopefuls Levante.

Malaga were looking to avenge last season's 3-0 reverse at the Estadi Ciutat de Valencia but the plan went off the rails when Jose Barkero put the home side in front with a 27th-minute penalty.

Isco restored parity through a spot-kick in the 37th minute and then sealed the points with a neat finish just after the restart.

Malaga's Vitorino Antunes had the first shot of the match but his modest 12-yard attempt did not require a save.

Levante went much closer on the quarter-hour mark, Michel crossing for Ruben Garcia, whose close-range header was superbly beaten away by Willy Caballero.

Malaga again relied on Caballero to keep them level when he improvised to save with his feet from Obafemi Martins.

The hosts were producing the more coherent attacks and opened the scoring in the 27th minute from the penalty spot.

Martins won the decision when he was fouled by Martin Demichelis and Barkero stepped up to despatch the spot-kick.

It took Malaga 10 minutes to equalise via a spot-kick of their own, Christian Lell taking down Julio Baptista and Isco slotting home from 12 yards.

The leveller came against the run of play but Malaga might have led at half-time had Gustavo Munua not tipped Baptista's 25-yard effort round the post and then punched Joaquin's follow-up clear.

The visitors did go in front two minutes into the second period, Jeremy Toulalan crossing from the right wing and Isco converting right-footed from the centre of the box.

It took Levante 20 minutes to respond, Lell and Martins both denied by Caballero and Barkero floating a free-kick over the bar as they finally exerted some pressure.

The hosts could not find the goal they needed though, substitute Juanlu heading their last meaningful attempt wide.

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Spanish Primera BBVA

Spanish Primera BBVA
Pos Team P Pts
1 Real Madrid 20 51
2 Barcelona 20 47
3 Atletico Madrid 21 47
4 Valencia 20 41
5 Sevilla 19 39
6 Villarreal 20 38
7 Malaga 20 32
8 Eibar 21 27
9 Espanyol 20 26
10 Celta Vigo 21 24
11 Rayo Vallecano 21 23
12 Real Sociedad 21 22
13 Deportivo La Coruna 21 21
14 Athletic Bilbao 20 20
15 Getafe 20 20
16 Cordoba 21 18
17 Granada 21 18
18 Elche 21 17
19 Almeria 20 16
20 Levante 20 16