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Spanish Primera BBVA

Ciutat de Valencia (ATT 18,500) 1st February 2014 - Kick off 17:00 Ref: Ignacio Iglesias Villanueva

Levante Levante vs Rayo Vallecano R Vallecano

Levante held by Rayo

Last Updated: 01/02/14 7:39pm

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Ruben Martinez: Solid performance in goal

Ruben Martinez: Solid performance in goal

Rayo Vallecano avoided defeat for the first time in three league games by drawing 0-0 at Levante, but remained in deep trouble in the Primera Division relegation zone.

This was an evenly matched game at the Ciutat de Valencia stadium which saw few openings until a frantic final 10 minutes, but neither team were able to take any of their chances.

Rayo are now four points from safety, but could see the gap between themselves and 17th-placed Elche widen to seven points should Fran Escriba's side beat Almeria on Sunday.

Levante dropped to ninth, level on points with local rivals Valencia.

Andreas Ivanschitz had the first proper attempt of the game, shooting from inside the area after combining well with his team-mates, but his shot was dealt with by Ruben Martinez, who produced a solid performance in the Rayo goal.

The visitors' first attempt on goal was a shot by Raul Baena which struck the outside of the far post, the midfielder trying his luck as the ball bobbled along the edge of the area.

Levante goalkeeper Keylor Navas - the outstanding performer in last week's 3-2 win at Sevilla - dived across his goal to keep out an excellent free-kick from Roberto Trashorras, while his opposite number Ruben recovered well to prevent David Barral taking full advantage of a mishap by Rayo defender Saul Niguez.

Barral did not enjoy his finest evening in front of goal, twice miscuing in the first half and sending the ball hopelessly off target.

The second half was even scrappier than the first, with both sides struggling to create clear goalscoring opportunities until the latter stages of the game.

Saul headed a corner just wide of the near post in the final 10 minutes, while Ruben made a great save to deny Barral in a one-on-one situation.

Baba Diawara also spurned a late chance, striking just beyond the far post from a difficult angle, and Pape Diop sent a last-minute free-kick over the bar and into the stands.

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Spanish Primera BBVA

Spanish Primera BBVA
Pos Team P Pts
1 Real Madrid 12 30
2 Barcelona 12 28
3 Atletico Madrid 12 26
4 Valencia 12 24
5 Sevilla 12 23
6 Malaga 12 21
7 Celta Vigo 12 20
8 Villarreal 12 18
9 Athletic Bilbao 12 15
10 Getafe 12 14
11 Rayo Vallecano 12 14
12 Eibar 12 13
13 Levante 12 12
14 Espanyol 12 11
15 Granada 12 11
16 Real Sociedad 12 10
17 Almeria 12 10
18 Deportivo La Coruna 12 10
19 Elche 12 10
20 Cordoba 12 7