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Spanish Primera BBVA

Manuel Martinez Valero (ATT 21,000) 25th April 2014 - Kick off 20:00 Ref: Jesus Gil Manzano

Elche Elche vs Levante Levante

Elche 1

R Boakye (63)

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Levante 1

Angel (74)

Elche edge away from trouble

Last Updated: 25/04/14 10:19pm

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Richmond Boakye: Opened the scoring

Richmond Boakye: Opened the scoring

Elche moved four points clear of the Primera Division relegation zone, but Angel Rodriguez's 74th-minute strike denied them victory over regional rivals Levante at the Martinez Valero.

Richmond Boakye's strike just after the hour mark put Elche on course for a deserved win, but Levante responded well to going a goal down, with Rodriguez's equaliser ensuring a 1-1 draw.

It may prove a case of two points squandered for Elche, who face Malaga, Barcelona and Sevilla in a difficult end-of-season run-in, while a share of the spoils moves Levante up into the top half of the table.

They started well as Rodriguez's strike from a decent position was smartly saved by Manu Herrera, while at the other end Costa Rican Keylor Navas tipped Damian Suarez's curling free-kick from the left wing round the post.

Elche gained a foothold as the half wore on, but on-loan Real Mallorca midfielder Javi Marquez and Coro were guilty of missing the target with efforts from inside the area.

While the hosts continued to dominate proceedings, they were restricted to wayward, long-distance efforts for the remainder of the half, with Levante's defence holding firm.

The visitors nearly made Elche pay for their struggles in the final third, but Hector Rodas headed wide from Pape Diop's free kick from the right.

Yet Fran Escriba's men were finally rewarded for their first-half superiority as they made the breakthrough in the 63rd minute, with Boakye drilling low past Navas from the edge of the area.

Levante's response was impressive, however, as they levelled just 11 minutes later with Rodriguez coolly slotting home from close range.

Elche pushed forward as they sought to retake the lead, but again poor finishing cost them dear as Garry Rodrigues missed the target on three occasions in the final 15 minutes.

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Spanish Primera BBVA

Spanish Primera BBVA
Pos Team P Pts
1 Barcelona 32 78
2 Real Madrid 32 76
3 Atletico Madrid 32 69
4 Valencia 32 65
5 Sevilla 32 63
6 Villarreal 31 51
7 Malaga 32 46
8 Athletic Bilbao 32 43
9 Espanyol 32 42
10 Rayo Vallecano 32 41
11 Celta Vigo 31 39
12 Real Sociedad 31 38
13 Getafe 32 36
14 Eibar 31 31
15 Elche 31 31
16 Levante 32 29
17 Almeria 32 28
18 Deportivo La Coruna 32 28
19 Granada 32 25
20 Cordoba 31 19