Celta Vigo continue hot streak with convincing victory over Levante

Celta captain Gustavo Carbajal helped his side leap to sixth place in La Liga on Friday.  

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VIGO, Spain —

Celta Vigo striker Joaquin Larrivey scored two goals to help beat Levante 3-0 and deal coach Lucas Alcaraz a disappointing debut on Friday.

Celta dominated throughout, and Larrivey opened the scoring after a team move in the 27th before nodding in a rebound of Manuel ”Nolito” Agudo’s strike in the 83rd.

Goalkeeper Diego Marino then let Alex Lopez’s seemingly routine shot slip through his hands in injury time.

With six goals this season Larrivey is the league’s joint-fourth leading scorer.

Alcaraz replaced Jose Mendilibar, who was fired this week with the team in second-to-last place.

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Levante showed no improvement and failed to add to a league-low four goals through nine rounds, three of which came in a 3-3 draw at Eibar.

The closest Levante came to scoring was Andreas Ivanschitz’s long shot off the crossbar in the 71st.

Celta, which has only lost once this season, rose into a provisional sixth place.

On Saturday, leader Barcelona visits Real Madrid in the first clasico match of the season.