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Spanish Primera BBVA

Ciutat de Valencia (ATT 16,000) 13th April 2013 - Kick off 17:00 Ref: J Estrada Fernandez

Levante Levante vs Deportivo La Coruna Deportivo

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Deportivo 4

J Valeron (12)
Pizzi (20)
N Oliveira (28)
B Gama (90+2)

Depor move closer to safety

Last Updated: 13/04/13 8:14pm

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Juan Carlos Valeron: On target for Depor

Juan Carlos Valeron: On target for Depor

Deportivo La Coruna took another big step towards Primera Division survival after making it four wins on the trot with an impressive 4-0 victory at Levante.

The game was as good as over inside the opening half-hour as Depor struck three times through Juan Carlos Valeron, Luis Pizzi and Nelson Oliveira.

Levante pushed but could find no way back after that and Bruno Gama put the icing on Depor's cake with a fourth goal late on as the in-form Galicians claimed their biggest win since 2011.

It is also a victory that provisionally lifts them out of the relegation zone for the first time since November.

They looked destined for an immediate return to the Segunda Division just over a month ago after finding themselves rock-bottom and nine points adrift of safety, but their run of four successive wins has now seen them provisionally climb up to 16th above Real Zaragoza and Granada.

Both Zaragoza and Granada still have to play this weekend but, as they face Barcelona and Atletico Madrid respectively, Depor will feel confident they can remain out of the bottom three .

Depor coach Fernando Vazquez had to watch today's clash from the stands due to a touchline ban but that did not seem to bother his team as they stormed into a 3-0 lead.

Veteran playmaker Valeron put them ahead after just 12 minutes and Portugal international Pizzi doubled the advantage eight minutes later with a thunderous strike from the edge of the box.

Depor continued to press and Oliveira saw a shot fumbled by Gustavo Munua before the on-loan Benfica forward made it 3-0 in the 28th minute with a left-footed strike.

Shell-shocked Levante made an immediate substitution, sending on Michel for Pape Diop, and they set about trying to get a foothold back into the game.

However, they could not find a way past visiting keeper Daniel Aranzubia, who denied Roger, Juanlu and Christian Lell in the second half, and Depor added a fourth goal when another of their Portuguese contingent Gama slotted home Valeron's pass in stoppage time.

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Spanish Primera BBVA

Spanish Primera BBVA
Pos Team P Pts
1 Atletico Madrid 34 85
2 Real Madrid 33 79
3 Barcelona 33 78
4 Athletic Bilbao 33 62
5 Sevilla 33 56
6 Real Sociedad 34 54
7 Villarreal 33 52
8 Valencia 34 45
9 Levante 34 41
10 Espanyol 34 41
11 Malaga 33 38
12 Celta Vigo 33 37
13 Granada 33 37
14 Rayo Vallecano 33 37
15 Osasuna 34 35
16 Elche 34 35
17 Real Valladolid 33 32
18 Getafe 34 32
19 Almeria 33 30
20 Real Betis 33 22