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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 35 87
2 Real Madrid 35 85
3 Atletico Madrid 35 76
4 Valencia 35 72
5 Sevilla 35 69
6 Villarreal 35 54
7 Athletic Bilbao 35 48
8 Malaga 35 47
9 Celta Vigo 35 46
10 Espanyol 35 46
11 Real Sociedad 35 43
12 Rayo Vallecano 35 43
13 Elche 35 40
14 Getafe 35 36
15 Levante 35 35
16 Almeria 35 32
17 Eibar 35 31
18 Deportivo La Coruna 35 30
19 Granada 35 28
20 Cordoba 35 20