March 30, 2013
Garcia leads Levante to victory
A strike by Ruben Garcia was enough to guide Levante to their first victory since January 26 as they enjoyed a narrow 1-0 win over Sevilla.
Ruben struck five minutes before half-time and although the visitors rallied late on they could not force an equaliser as Levante picked up their first win since beating Valladolid.
Victory sees the hosts leapfrog today's opponents to go 10th in the Primera Division.
Sevilla had the first real effort, Jesus Navas shooting wide but it was the hosts who were first to force the opposition goalkeeper into action.
Herrero Michel's corner from the right was met by Vicente Iborra whose header was parried by Sevilla goalkeeper Antonio Beto.
Juanfran Garcia headed Michel's free-kick over the bar but there was nothing in the way of clear-cut chances until the hosts took the lead six minutes before the break.
Beto was left with no chance as Garcia Ruben fired a 25-yard shot into the bottom right-hand corner of the goal.
Robert Acquafresca then had his shot comfortably held by Beto as the first half ended with Sevilla having offered nothing as an attacking force.
Loukas Vyntra headed Michel's corner over for Levante as the second half resumed in much the same manner as the first had ended.
Sevilla finally mustered an attempt on goal as Alvaro Negredo fired over from distance.
It seemed to spark the visitors into life with Navas forcing home keeper Gustavo Munua into saving his close-range shot with his feet.
It was then Beto's turn to keep his side just one goal down as he pushed away Acquafresca's shot from the right and David Navarro headed over as the match enjoyed a lively period.
Ivan Rakitic fired in a 25-yard shot from the left which was parried by Munua but again Sevilla were grateful to Beto who produced a fantastic reaction save from Garcia Ruben's shot from the centre of the area.
Negredo pushed a shot wide from the six-yard box as time wound down with Papakouli Diop firing past the post for the home team.
As the match moved into injury-time, Negredo was on the brink of an equaliser but he saw Munua managed to repel his right-footed shot.
Federico Fazio headed over from Sevilla but it was too little too late as Levante held out for all three points.
|Rubén García (40')|
|1 Gustavo Munua||13 Beto|
|4 David Navarro||3 Fernando Navarro|
|6 Loukas Vyntra||2 Federico Fazio|
|12 Juanfran||35 Alberto|
|22 Christian Lell||23 Coke Andújar|
|21 Michel||11 Ivan Rakitic|
|23 Pape Diop||22 Geoffrey Kondogbia|
|10 Vicente Iborra de la Fuente||12 Hedwiges Maduro|
|9 Robert Acquafresca||9 Álvaro Negredo|
|11 Rubén García||19 José Antonio Reyes|
|16 Pedro Ríos||7 Jesús Navas|
|20 Juanlu||Andrés Palop 1|
|13 Keylor Navas||Manu 14|
|15 Nikos Karabelas||Alberto Botía 24|
|5 Hector Rodas||Cala 5|
|14 Dariusz Dudka||Papa Babacar Diawara 20|
|27 Roger||Gary Medel 8|
|Juanlu for Michel (78)||Gary Medel for Hedwiges Maduro (45)|
|Roger for Robert Acquafresca (85)||Papa Babacar Diawara for Geoffrey Kondogbia (55)|
|Hector Rodas for Pedro Ríos (90)||Cicinho for Coke Andújar (71)|
|Loukas Vyntra (3)||Fernando Navarro (26)|
|David Navarro (57)||Jesús Navas (70)|
|Pedro Ríos (75)||Álvaro Negredo (73)|
|Rubén García (90)|
|· Squads: Levante | Sevilla FC|