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Getafe, Levante share opening day spoils

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Getafe and Levante shared the points in a 1-1 draw in their Primera Liga opener at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez.


Sunday, August 28
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In an expectedly fractious affair after Getafe coach Luis Garcia's decision to leave Levante at the end of last season, Miku looked to have handed his new manager a dream start with a wonderful team goal involving the Venezuelan, Pablo Sarabia and Mehdi Lacen.

However, Levante responded well and a controversial equaliser from Juanlu handed the visitors a deserved draw.

Getafe started the brighter and had the first effort on goal when good combination play between Miku and Abdel Barrada gave the former a clear sight of goal, but he shot straight at Gustavo Munua.

Lacen headed over after another good team move before Levante came closest to scoring in the first half with a fierce shot from Ruben Suarez that whistled inches past the post.

Miku's goal arrived after 61 minutes and in a game generally devoid of quality it was a thing of beauty. Sarabia played the ball into the Venezuelan playmaker before he played a one-two with Lacen and fired a volley into the top corner from 18 yards.

Levante's equaliser had a touch of fortune on two counts as Carlos Aranda appeared to handle before feeding Juanlu, who also got the break of the ball before curling a fine effort beyond Miguel Angel Moya.

Getafe had one final chance to win the match but Pedro Rios' free-kick in the final minute of stoppage time flew harmlessly over.

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