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Spanish Primera BBVA

El Madrigal (ATT 20,600) 12th April 2014 - Kick off 17:00 Ref: Hernandez Hernandez

Villarreal Villarreal vs Levante Levante

Villarreal 1

J Perbet (90+5)

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Late winner for Villarreal

Last Updated: 12/04/14 10:31pm

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Jeremy Perbet: Scored Villarreal's winner

Jeremy Perbet: Scored Villarreal's winner

Jeremy Perbet headed a winner deep in stoppage-time to beat Levante 1-0 and keep alive Villarreal's hopes of securing automatic qualification for the Europa League.

The game looked to be heading for a dour goalless draw well into the 95th minute, when Perbet nodded Manuel Trigueros' right-wing cross into the bottom corner of Keylor Navas' net.

The result lifted the Yellow Submarine to sixth spot in the Primera Division standings - just a point adrift of fifth-placed Sevilla, who visit Real Betis on Sunday - while Levante stayed ninth.

The first half at El Madrigal was a scrappy affair, with both sides struggling to create clear-cut opportunities.

Jonathan had a 12th-minute shot blocked by Levante goalkeeper Navas, while the visitors' best chance fell to Aloys Nong - who headed Papakouli Diop's free-kick over the bar from close range - in the 24th minute.

Levante had another half-sight at goal just after the half-hour mark but Junior Simao's speculative long-range shot was too high to trouble Villarreal goalkeeper Sergio Asenjo.

The second period was equally uninspiring, with neither goalkeeper called into any serious action until the late drama forced Navas to pick the ball out of his net.

Levante's Juanfran and Villarreal's Gaspar Mario exchanged off-target efforts shortly after the restart, with the visitors also trying their luck through David Navarro and Angel Rodriguez. The latter's was the only one to test Asenjo, who made the straightforward save.

Perbet had a 25-yard shot blocked by Navas 13 minutes from time, and the Levante goalkeeper was also in the right place soon after to deny Jonathan.

He was powerless, however, to prevent Perbet's winner, as the French striker pounced to secure a first home win since the start of February for Marcelino's team.

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Spanish Primera BBVA

Spanish Primera BBVA
Pos Team P Pts
1 Barcelona 28 68
2 Real Madrid 28 64
3 Valencia 28 60
4 Atletico Madrid 28 59
5 Sevilla 28 55
6 Villarreal 28 49
7 Malaga 28 44
8 Athletic Bilbao 28 39
9 Real Sociedad 28 36
10 Celta Vigo 28 35
11 Rayo Vallecano 28 35
12 Espanyol 28 34
13 Getafe 28 29
14 Eibar 28 28
15 Elche 28 27
16 Deportivo La Coruna 28 26
17 Almeria 28 25
18 Levante 28 25
19 Granada 28 23
20 Cordoba 28 18