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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 Barcelona 28 68
2 Real Madrid 28 64
3 Valencia 28 60
4 Atletico Madrid 28 59
5 Sevilla 28 55
6 Villarreal 28 49
7 Malaga 28 44
8 Athletic Bilbao 28 39
9 Real Sociedad 28 36
10 Celta Vigo 28 35
11 Rayo Vallecano 28 35
12 Espanyol 28 34
13 Getafe 28 29
14 Eibar 28 28
15 Elche 28 27
16 Deportivo La Coruna 28 26
17 Almeria 28 25
18 Levante 28 25
19 Granada 28 23
20 Cordoba 28 18