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Levante win to extend unbeaten run

Levante struck early and relied on their staunch defence when reduced to 10 men to beat Osasuna 2-0 at home in La Liga on Saturday.

Levante's win extended their unbeaten streak to eight consecutive matches and provisionally lifted them ahead of Sevilla and Valencia into seventh place.

Midfielder Papakouly Diop gave Levante the lead at Ciutat de Valencia Stadium just four minutes in when his long-range strike bounced past goalkeeper Andres Fernandez and inside the far post.

Forward Ruben Garcia doubled the hosts' advantage by fending off Damia Abella to control a long free kick before turning and firing the ball home.

Levante played the last half hour with 10 men after Victor Casadesus saw a straight red card for a hard tackle from behind on Alvaro Cejudo, but even though Osasuna finally mustered their first shot on goal they never threatened to come back.

Elsewhere, Elche beat Celta Vigo 1-0 thanks to a late goal by Carles Gil.

Elche's Manuel del Moral and Eduardo Albacar both hit the woodwork in the first half before Rafina tilted the match in Celta's favor through his skillful dribbling and passing.

But Gil combined with Coro to break free in the box and net the winner six minutes from time to give Elche their first victory in four rounds and move the promoted side six points from the drop.

Valladolid's 1-1 draw at Malaga left them in the relegation zone, three points behind Malaga and Almeria. Roque Santa Cruz was left unmarked to head in the 13th-minute opener, but Valladolid dominated the rest of the match after Javi Guerra went close in the 20th minute.

Midfielder Daniel Larsson equalised 10 minutes later after Manucho knocked down a long cross by Antonio Rukavina for the Swede to score.

Getafe were held to a drab 0-0 draw by visiting Espanyol. Getafe's winless streak grew to 11 games dating back to November. They also lost goalkeeper Miguel Moya to a leg injury in the second half. Espanyol stayed in 10th place.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.


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