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Ciutat de Valencia (ATT 11,658) 27th April 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: Cesar Muniz Fernandez

Levante Levante vs Celta Vigo Celta Vigo


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A Fernandez (20)

Vital victory for Celta

Last Updated: 27/04/13 5:54pm

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Augusto Fernandez (r): Winning goal for Celta

Augusto Fernandez (r): Winning goal for Celta

Celta Vigo temporarily moved out of the Primera Division relegation zone after a solitary Augusto Fernandez goal helped them to a vital win away to Levante.

The Argentinian headed home midway through the first half, making his side's domination count.

Levante, in a more comfortable position than their opponents in the Primera Division table, played with less urgency and offered little throughout the 90 minutes, but were given the chance to equalise through a second-half penalty. However, Jose Javier Barkero could not take advantage from the spot.

Celta, lifted by their last-gasp win over Real Zaragoza last Monday, began the game the hungrier of the two sides and took a deserved lead on 20 minutes.

Denmark international Michael Krohn-Dehli showed great skill down the left wing to beat a defender and then swung in a cross towards the back post, where Fernandez was waiting to head the ball in.

The Argentinian could have scored another goal a few minutes later but this time aimed his header too close to Navas, who caught the ball comfortably.

Iago Aspas, returning to action after serving a four-match ban for violent conduct, had a chance to double the lead early in the second half when he found himself through on goal with Navas, but could not beat the goalkeeper, and when he lost the ball he took a dive after a challenge from Loukas Vyntra. The referee was not fooled and gave him a yellow card.

The forward had another chance to score a few moments later but failed to get on the end of a deep cross by Krohn-Delhi by inches.

Levante were handed a lifeline when they were awarded the softest of penalties, given for a push by Jonny Castro on Robert Acquafresca.

Barkero stepped up to take the kick but hit it wide of the right-hand post.

Acquafresca later headed over the bar after a corner in one of few chances for Levante, but the home side gave their opponents a nervy finish.

In injury time Celta goalkeeper Javi Varas came out to punch a cross, which fell towards Simao Mate, who volleyed the ball towards goal but Varas tipped it over the bar, allowing his side to hold onto their lead and, most crucially, the three points.

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Spanish Primera BBVA

Spanish Primera BBVA
Pos Team P Pts
1 Barcelona 38 94
2 Real Madrid 38 92
3 Atletico Madrid 38 78
4 Valencia 38 77
5 Sevilla 38 76
6 Villarreal 38 60
7 Athletic Bilbao 38 55
8 Celta Vigo 38 51
9 Malaga 38 50
10 Espanyol 38 49
11 Rayo Vallecano 38 49
12 Real Sociedad 38 46
13 Elche 38 41
14 Levante 38 37
15 Getafe 38 37
16 Deportivo La Coruna 38 35
17 Granada 38 35
18 Eibar 38 35
19 Almeria 38 32
20 Cordoba 38 20