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Spanish Primera BBVA

Ciutat de Valencia (ATT 12,304) 30th March 2013 - Kick off 21:00 Ref: F Teixeira Vitienes

Levante Levante vs Sevilla Sevilla

Levante 1

Ruben Garcia (40)


Garcia gives Levante the edge

Last Updated: 30/03/13 11:19pm

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Ruben Garcia: Matchwinner for Levante

Ruben Garcia: Matchwinner for Levante

A strike by Ruben Garcia was enough to give Levante to their first victory since January 26 as they beat Sevilla 1-0.

Ruben struck five minutes before half-time and although the visitors rallied late on they could not force an equaliser as Levante picked up their first win since beating Valladolid.

Victory sees the hosts leapfrog their opponents to go 10th in the Primera Division.

Sevilla had the first real effort, Jesus Navas shooting wide but it was the hosts who were first to force the opposition goalkeeper into action.

Herrero Michel's corner from the right was met by Vicente Iborra whose header was parried by Sevilla goalkeeper Antonio Beto.

Juanfran Garcia headed Michel's free-kick over the bar but there was nothing in the way of clear-cut chances until the hosts took the lead six minutes before the break.

Beto was left with no chance as Garcia Ruben fired a 25-yard shot into the bottom right-hand corner of the goal.

Robert Acquafresca then had his shot comfortably held by Beto as the first half ended with Sevilla having offered nothing as an attacking force.

Loukas Vyntra headed Michel's corner over for Levante as the second half resumed in much the same manner as the first had ended.

Sevilla finally mustered an attempt on goal as Alvaro Negredo fired over from distance.

It seemed to spark the visitors into life with Navas forcing home keeper Gustavo Munua into saving his close-range shot with his feet.

It was then Beto's turn to keep his side just one goal down as he pushed away Acquafresca's shot from the right and David Navarro headed over as the match enjoyed a lively period.

Ivan Rakitic fired in a 25-yard shot from the left which was parried by Munua but again Sevilla were grateful to Beto who produced a fantastic reaction save from Garcia Ruben's shot from the centre of the area.

Negredo pushed a shot wide from the six-yard box as time wound down with Papakouli Diop firing past the post for the home team.

As the match moved into injury-time, Negredo was on the brink of an equaliser but he saw Munua managed to repel his right-footed shot.

Federico Fazio headed over from Sevilla but it was too little too late as Levante held out for all three points.

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Spanish Primera BBVA

Spanish Primera BBVA
Pos Team P Pts
1 Barcelona 32 78
2 Real Madrid 32 76
3 Atletico Madrid 32 69
4 Valencia 32 65
5 Sevilla 31 62
6 Villarreal 31 51
7 Malaga 32 46
8 Athletic Bilbao 32 43
9 Espanyol 32 42
10 Celta Vigo 31 39
11 Real Sociedad 31 38
12 Rayo Vallecano 31 38
13 Getafe 32 36
14 Eibar 31 31
15 Elche 31 31
16 Levante 32 29
17 Almeria 31 28
18 Deportivo La Coruna 32 28
19 Granada 31 24
20 Cordoba 31 19