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By ESPN Staff
Feb 25, 2012

Levante beat Espanyol

European hopefuls Espanyol were brought back to earth with a bump as Levante snatched a late 2-1 victory.

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Mauricio Pochettino's side came into the game at Cornella-El Prat within touching distance of the top four, behind Athletic Bilbao only on goal difference.

They were keen to take three points against fast-fading Levante but were forced to re-evaluate when Valdo put Levante ahead in the first half. Kalu Uche's header put Espanyol level, but Ruben Suarez's free-kick in the 89th minute restored Levante's lead and earned them a thrilling win.

Malaga came from a goal down to claim a 5-1 victory over Real Zaragoza, with four goals in 21 minutes condemning the visitors to their 15th defeat of the Primera Division season

Zaragoza took a shock lead through Carlos Aranda midway through the first half, with the hosts only levelling on the stroke of half-time when Sebastian Fernandez headed home.

The game remained at 1-1 until the 67th minute when Paulo Da Silva put through his own goal, triggering further strikes from Martin Demichelis, Isco and Jose Salomon Rondon.

Victory guided Malaga to fifth, but Zaragoza remain firmly rooted to the bottom of the table.

A Chechu Dorado own goal denied Real Betis all three points as Getafe held on to claim a 1-1 draw at the Benito Villamarin.

After a largely forgettable first period, Jorge Molina put the hosts in front six minutes after the break as he raced onto Jefferson Montero's pass to slam home from just outside the area.

However, the lead only lasted three minutes as Dani Guiza turned Juan Valera's cross goalwards and Dorado could only guide the ball into his own net as he tried to clear.

Christian Stuani's penalty 15 minutes from time salvaged a 1-1 draw for Racing Santander in an entertaining relegation battle with Sporting Gijon.

The hosts had the better of the chances in the first half as Juan Pablo denied Adrian Gonzalez and Bernardo hit the post, but it was Sporting who went in front when Diego Barral fired in a wonderful free-kick four minutes before the break.

The visitors should have extended their lead when Gregory headed over when unmarked inside the six-yard box early in the second half and they were made to pay for that miss as Alejandro Galvez unnecessarily wrestled Stuani to the ground inside the area and the Uruguayan stepped up to comfortably slot home the spot-kick.

A draw did not do either side much good with both remaining in the relegation zone.

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