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Levante mounts comeback win vs. Sevilla

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Levante pulled off an unlikely 3-2 victory over a dominant Sevilla in an enthralling game at the Sanchez Pizjuan, with both sides having a man sent off in injury time.

The visitors twice came from behind before taking the lead for the only time late in the game, and owe a lot to goalkeeper Keylor Navas, who produced one of the outstanding goalkeeping performances of this season to keep his side in it.

Coke opened the scoring midway through the first half for Unai Emery's side but David Barral levelled a few minutes later from the penalty spot.

The Andalusians launched attack after attack on the Levante goal in the second half but were continuously denied by the saves of Navas, until Ivan Rakitic restored the lead on 68 minutes. But Loukas Vyntra pulled the visitors level, before Simao grabbed the winner with 15 minutes remaining.

But there was still time for more drama in injury time, with Nikos Karabelas seeing red for a late tackle on Jairo, who was then sent off a minute later for a shove on Barral.

Valencia and Espanyol shared the spoils in an entertaining Primera Division game at Mestalla which ended 2-2.

In a frantic start to the game, Jhon Cordoba opened the scoring for the visitors inside three minutes, but Paco Alcacer levelled only four minutes later.

A header from Jonas put Juan Antonio Pizzi's side in front on 32 minutes, but Cordoba won a penalty just before the break, allowing Sergio Garcia to equalise.

Real Valladolid gave their survival hopes a welcome boost with a 1-0 win over high-fliers Villarreal.

Jesus Rueda's first-half goal divided the two sides and saw the hosts halt a run of four matches without a win as they look to escape the bottom three.

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On Friday night, Celta Vigo ensured Gabriel Calderon's first game as Real Betis coach ended in disappointment as they ran out 4-2 winners against the Primera Division basement boys at Balaidos.

The Argentinian was appointed after Betis sacked Juan Carlos Garrido this week in a bid to improve the fortunes of a team which had collected just 11 points from their opening 20 fixtures in La Liga.

His tenure had looked set to get off to a positive start when Ruben Castro gave the visitors the lead in the 17th minute, but two goals from Fabian Orellana and one from Charles turned the match on its head before half-time.

Substitute Nolito added a fourth goal for the hosts 17 minutes from time and, although Ruben's second of the game made the scoreline more respectable, it was too little, too late.

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