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Suárez strike lifts Levante into fourth

Published: Sunday 26 February 2012, 0.34CET
Rubén Suárez's late winner against RCD Espanyol secured Levante UD a first Liga victory in ten matches and ensured they replaced their opponents in fourth place.
Suárez strike lifts Levante into fourth
Valmiro Lopes Rocha (right) celebrates scoring Levante's opener against Espanyol ©AFP/Getty Images
Published: Sunday 26 February 2012, 0.34CET

Suárez strike lifts Levante into fourth

Rubén Suárez's late winner against RCD Espanyol secured Levante UD a first Liga victory in ten matches and ensured they replaced their opponents in fourth place.

Levante UD had Rubén Suárez − and a slice of good fortune − to thank after the midfielder's late winner lifted his side above opponents RCD Espanyol into fourth.

The match looked to be heading for a draw after Kalu Uche (75) rose to head Joan Verdú's free-kick beyond Gustavo Munúa and cancel out Valdo's clinical 24th-minute opener. Yet, with time running out, Suárez delivered a free-kick from the left of the penalty area that took a sizeable deflection off the wall and flew into the bottom right-hand corner.

A comfortable win for Málaga CF at home to rock-bottom Real Zaragoza ensured that they also leapfrogged Espanyol − into fifth, a point behind Levante, whose victory was their first in ten Liga outings.

Aranda (23) gave Zaragoza a surprise lead, but Sebastián Fernández's header levelled matters before the break. Paulo Da Silva turned the ball into his own net on 67 minutes and from there Málaga did not look back, with Martín Demichelis (77), Isco (79) and José Rondón (88) doing the damage.

Elsewhere, Real Betis Balompié were held 1-1 at home by Getafe CF, while a 74th-minute penalty earned Real Racing Club a point against Real Sporting de Gijón.

Last updated: 26/02/12 0.39CET

Results

Spanish Liga 2011/12

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 06/03/2012 13:40 CET

26/02/2012

AtléticoAtlético1-2BarcelonaBarcelona

Falcao 49

Daniel Alves 36, Messi 81

Venue: Madrid

26/02/2012

ValenciaValencia1-2SevillaSevilla

Costa 25

Medel 36, Jesús Navas 70

Venue: Valencia

26/02/2012

Real SociedadReal Sociedad1-0MallorcaMallorca

Agirretxe 79

Venue: San Sebastian

26/02/2012

OsasunaOsasuna2-1GranadaGranada

Nekunam 26, Lekić 29

Mikel Rico 30

Venue: Pamplona

26/02/2012

RayoRayo0-1Real MadridReal Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo 54

Venue: Madrid

26/02/2012

VillarrealVillarreal2-2AthleticAthletic

Senna 10, Nilmar 68

Llorente 62, Susaeta 66

Venue: Castellon

25/02/2012

EspanyolEspanyol1-2LevanteLevante

Uche 75

Valdo 24, Rubén Suárez 89

Venue: Barcelona

25/02/2012

MálagaMálaga5-1ZaragozaZaragoza

Fernández 45+1, Da Silva 67 (o.g.), Demichelis 77, Isco 79, Rondón 88

Aranda 23

Venue: Malaga

25/02/2012

BetisBetis1-1GetafeGetafe

Molina 51

Dorado Ramirez 55 (o.g.)

Venue: Sevilla

25/02/2012

RacingRacing1-1Sporting GijónSporting Gijón

Stuani 74 (penalty)

Barral 42

Venue: Santander

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