Levante miss chance to secure Champions position

29 January 2012 06:16

Levante missed a golden opportunity to secure their fourth position in La Liga on Sunday when they lost 2-1 at home to Getafe.

Dani Guiza, with a fortunate deflection, and Ruben Castro scored in each half for the visitors before Ruben Suarez got a consolation from the penalty spot in the last minute for Levante.

The result means Levante remain fourth but they are now level on points with Espanyol and two points ahead of Athletic Bilbao in sixth, after both teams won on Saturday.

Also on Sunday Real Sociedad beat Sporting Gijon 5-1 in a game that opened in amazing fashion for midfielder David Zurutuza, who scored two goals in three minutes for the home team before being stretchered off in the fourth minute after a clash of heads with Gijon's Gregory Arnolin, who also had to leave the field.

Miguel De las Cuevas got a goal back one minute into the second half for Sporting before late goals from Gorka Elustondo, Mikel Aranburu and Antoine Griezzman wrapped the game up for the home team.

The defeat means Sporting remain in the penultimate position in the table while Sociedad move into 12th.

Earlier on Sunday Real Betis were beaten by Granada 2-1 at home for whom Odion Ighalo and Carlos Martins bagged first half goals while Jonathen Pereira hit a consolation late on for Betis.

The result gives renewed optimism for Granada for who new manager Abel Resino was taking charge for the first time and keeps the side out of the relegation zone.

On Saturday Barcelona dropped precious points in a 0-0 draw at Villarreal to slip seven points behind Real Madrid at the top of La Liga.

Kaka, Cristiano Ronaldo and Mesut Ozil had scored to help Real Madrid beat Zaragoza 3-1 and pile the pressure on Barca, who never convinced against a well organised Villarreal.

Espanyol beat ten-man Mallorca with a Vladimir Weiss goal to remain fifth, level on points with fourth-placed Levante.

Spain centre-forward Fernando Llorente scored a hat-trick for Athletic Bilbao in a 3-2 win at Rayo Vallecano to keep the Basque side in sixth.

Source: AFP