Levante win, Osasuna fall

Levante continued their pursuit of the UEFA Champions League

places in La Liga with a win over Athletic Bilbao, while a late

defeat at Sevilla sent Osasuna to the bottom of the table.

Elsewhere, Deportivo La Coruna returned to winning ways by

upsetting Malaga, and Valencia were too strong for 10-man

Granada.

Levante moved back to within a point of the top four as they

came from behind to beat

Athletic Bilbao 3-1 at the Ciutat de Valencia.

Aritz Aduriz had given the visitors a seventh minute lead but

Levante were level 20 minutes later thanks to a thunderous strike

from Christian Lell.

Athletic were then reduced to 10 men just before half-time when

Aymeric Laporte was shown a straight red card.

Levante made their man advantage count almost immediately as

Vicente Iborra gave the hosts a 2-1 lead at the interval.

And Juan Ignacio Martinez’s men made sure of all three points 20

minutes from time when former Liverpool winger Nabil El-Zhar made

it three.

Osasuna had looked set to take at least a point to move out

of the relegation zone but a late 1-0 defeat at

Sevilla saw them sink to the foot of the table.

Emir Spahic’s goal seven minutes from the final whistle did the

damage at Estadio Ramon Sanchez in Saturday’s late kick-off.

The Bosnia and Herzegovina centre-back turned in Jose Antonio

Reyes’ knockdown header from a corner to give Sevilla the win and

move the hosts up to 12th place.

Deportivo secured their first win since early November in

Domingos Paciencia’s first game in charge thanks to a wonderful

individual goal by Pizzi against high-flying

Malaga.

The Portuguese winger had looked the most likely to create

danger and, in the 57th minute, he turned Martin Demichelis before

rocketing a shot high past Willy Caballero.

Second-half goals from Jonas and Pablo Piatti helped

Valencia recover from a goal down to beat 10-man

Granada 2-1 at Nuevo Los Carmenes.

The hosts had to play for almost an hour with a man less after

Mikel Rico was sent off before half-time but they still took the

lead in the 49th minute through substitute Brayan Angulo.

Jonas, though, equalised nine minutes later and Piatti scored an

82nd minute winner.