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Spanish Primera BBVA

Ciutat de Valencia (ATT 14,252) 15th March 2014 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: Hernandez Hernandez

Levante Levante vs Celta Vigo Celta Vigo


Celta Vigo 1

Nolito (19)

Survival boost for Celta Vigo

Last Updated: 15/03/14 8:20pm

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Nolito found the target after 19 minutes

Nolito found the target after 19 minutes

Celta Vigo took a big step towards securing their Primera Division survival with a narrow but vital 1-0 victory at Levante.

Nolito scored the only goal of the game after 19 minutes and Celta were fortunate not to lose their lead in the second half, with Levante's David Barral missing a penalty and then having a shot blocked on the goalline by Celta goalkeeper Yoel Rodriguez, which looked as if it may have crossed the line.

The result sees Celta move onto 33 points, just three behind Levante, whose European ambitions were dealt a blow by the defeat.

The hosts started the game well, Andreas Ivanschitz forcing an early save from Yoel from a free-kick, and then Barral heading just over the bar at the near post.

Match winner Nolito looked the most dangerous player for Celta, having their first real chance of the game with a quarter of an hour played, combining with Charles before shooting just wide of the post.

The forward did not have to wait much longer before finding the net, however, arriving at the far post to slam in a square pass from Augusto Fernandez.

And Nolito could have made it 2-0 just a few minutes later, striking the post with a diagonal shot.

The highlight of the game arrived 15 minutes into the second half, when both teams could have scored within quick succession.

Levante stopper Keylor Navas further cemented his reputation as the most in-form goalkeeper in the league by repelling a volley from Nolito with his legs, and kept the ball in play, allowing Levante to counter.

The hosts moved the ball quickly on the break, leading to Victor Casadesus running into the box and getting his legs swiped by Celta full-back Jonny.

Levante's players and coach Joaquin Caparros were furious that the referee only showed a yellow card to the offending Jonny, and then Barral was forced to wait to take the penalty.

Perhaps the tension went to the striker's head, as he blasted the ball off the crossbar.

Barral then had another chance to equalise, but could only shoot straight at Yoel from close range, the goalkeeper struggling to prevent the ball from going over the line, but just about succeeding - according to the referee's judgement.

Michael Krohn-Dehli could have wrapped up the points for Celta on the break, but saw his shot blocked after Fabian Orellana had cut the ball back to him, and at the other end Barral and Ivanschitz were both denied by the excellent Yoel.

Celta substitute Santi Mina was unable to grab a second goal for the visitors in injury time, failing to keep his shot under the bar, but the final whistle blew just moments later, announcing that the three points belonged to the Galicians.

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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