Saturday February 9, 2013 Day 23 Finished Ciudad de Valencia

Levante UD 1 - 2 Málaga CF

  • Barkero 27’ (pen.)
  • Isco 36’ (pen.), 46’

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  1. Liga - Malaga defeat Levante

    Liga - Malaga defeat Levante

    Isco followed up his midweek debut for Spain with a double to give Malaga a 2-1 comeback win at Levante on Saturday. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Levante UD
    • Málaga CF
    • 90+3' That's it! Isco's brace has sealed a come-from-behind win for Malaga at Levante. Thanks for joining us tonight - follow the website on Twitter @eurosportcom_EN and my good self @liamhappe. Report to follow on the site shortly.
    • 90+2' Malaga win a free-kick on the halfway line and they're almost home and dry.
    • 90+1' The corner flag on the right twice gets uprooted as Malaga try to keep the ball there.
    • 90' Three minutes of added time with Malaga one goal up.
    • 89' Navarro brings down Isco as the away side counter and it's another yellow card.
    • 88' Cross from the left but Martins and Valdo both fail to bring it down. Gonna be a tense finish.
    • 87' Valdo keeps it alive on the opposite side and floats in a ball for fellow replacement Juanlu, but Gamez beats him to it and gets it away.
    • 86' Inviting ball by Juanfran but it's ahead of the advancing forwards.
    • 85' The set piece is just as mind-boggling, failing to beat the first man at the near post.
    • 84' The home crowd get understandably agitated as finally the hosts push forward again. Lell's cross is heading over and out for a goal kick but Gamez foolishly fails to get out of the way and it's a corner.
    • 83' It's still Malaga in the bulk of possession as we approach the final whistle however.
    • 82' The visitors come forward in search of a clincher but get nothing but a Levante goal kick.
    • 80' Baptista has completed 80mins on his return but that's it for him. Final Malaga change sees him make way for Seba Fernandez. He frustrates the fans even more in his last act, taking his sweet time handing the captain's armband to Demichelis.
    • 79' Isco's corner is dealt with.
    • 78' Isco denied a possible hat-trick after Antunes has a cross half-headed clear by Vyntra into the playmaker's path. Good block by Navarro to stop it going goalbound.
    • 77' Lell is pushing further and further forward but he's caught offside as Rios tries to lay him on.
    • 75' 15 minutes left for Levante to find an equaliser. They've not been into the second half as they were the first.
    • 74' It's time for Roque Santa Cruz as Malaga make their second sub with Saviola the man to make way.
    • 73' Silly foul by Iborra ends the spell of pressure for the home side.
    • 72' Free-kick Levante 25 yards from goal but Barkero sends it over.
    • 71' Lell has a shot closed down as he overlaps onto Martins' ball.
    • 70' Lovely one-touch attack by Malaga but the final ball is overhit.
    • 69' Valdo has also come on for Michel for Levante.
    • 67' Double change as Juanlu is on for Ruben for the home side and Lucas Piazon replaces Joaquin for the visitors.
    • 66' Martins is played through! Willy blocks the shot again! Sanchez clears before a follow-up!
    • 65' Looks like the hosts will make their first change soon.
    • 64' Baptista does not endear himself to the home fans any more with a booking for a foul on Ruben. He's been jeered since winning the equalising penalty.
    • 63' The Levante pressure is needlessly ended by a deliberate Barkero handball for a booking.
    • 62' Almost an equaliser for Levante as Ruben fires in a tasty cross which is headed from danger by Antunes just before two home players could add a simple finish.
    • 61' Another similar set piece is this time taken by Joaquin and headed away by Lell for a Malaga throw.
    • 60' Isco's delivery is cleared by the home side.
    • 59' It doesn't work but once the winger is treated Malaga have a free-kick to send into the danger zone.
    • 58' Funny moment as Joaquin is fouled by Juanfran, rolls once, looks up, notices he was brought down by a booked player, and rolls a few more times just to increase his chances of getting him sent off.
    • 57' Levante attack in numbers and Rios plays it into the path of Martins but Willy does well to keep the striker at a tight angle and stop his eventual effort.
    • 55' The atmosphere is getting feisty on the pitch and in the stands now after some heated decisions and exchanges.
    • 54' Baptista and Joaquin get in each other's way which ruins another chance to attack.
    • 52' Vyntra collides with Baptista in the air. Though the challenge was a foul it wasn't worthy of a second yellow. Gasps as the yellow comes out... but it's for Juanfran who is unable to keep his mouth shut at the scene.
    • 51' Joaquin has a volley from the headed-down free-kick delivery blocked.
    • 50' Vyntra gets the game's first yellow and his first as a Levante player.
    • 49' Gamez gets above Ruben to head a cross away leading to calls for a penalty, which after the dubious nature of the two given, will happen every time a defender tries to win a challenge in the area now.
    • 48' The Spanish playmaker's fine form just keeps on going.
    • 47' GOAL MALAGA! What a start to the half as the visitors go straight on the attack and Isco controls a Toulalan cross well before putting away his second of the game. 1-2!
    • 46' And we're back underway with the second half.
    • 45+1' The one minute of added time ends and it's level at the break, though Levante were the better side over the 45.
    • 45' Isco's corner is headed into the path of Joaquin in the 'D' whose shot is closed down for an attacking throw.
    • 44' Baptista tries his luck from 25 and Munua takes his sweet time seeing it coming, eventually keeping it out for a corner.
    • 42' Loose ball from the set piece falls to Barkero outside the box but his left-footed shot is too off-course to give him and his side a second.
    • 41' Demichelis gives away another Levante corner.
    • 40' Game has broken down a bit since that second pen. Has been a good flowing and open game but this is definitely the scrappiest period thus far.
    • 38' Replays show there was a bit of a crude forearm to the back of the Brazillian by Lell. Quite minimal but the referee says it was enough to stop 'The Beast' collecting the ball.
    • 37' That's Isco's 9th goal of the season. 7th in Liga.
    • 36' GOAL! Isco puts it into the roof of the net from 12 yards. 1-1!
    • 35' PENALTY MALAGA! And just as controversial as Lell is ruled to have brought down Baptista.
    • 33' An attacking Antunes throw-in on the left almost gets Joaquin into the area but Lell gets the ball from him.
    • 32' The flag kick is half-cleared to Sanchez, whose shot from 20 takes a deflection and lands at the feet of a clean-through Saviola. Well, clean-through as in he's offside.
    • 31' Fantastic cross-field pass by Antunes finds Baptista in space on the right, but his cross is headed behind for a corner by Vyntra.
    • 30' Ruben plays a ball over the top for Martins, but this time Demichelis has the better of the striker. Quite the battle between the two today.
    • 29' Lell strides forward enough to illicit cries of 'shoot!' from the crowd. Of course, his effort is that of a defender's quality and goes well over.
    • 28' Isco plays Joaquin into the area from the right but Navarro gets a vital foot in at the expense of a corner.
    • 27' GOAL! Barkero hammers in the spot kick. 1-0 Levante!
    • 25' PENALTY LEVANTE! Demichelis barges down Martins in the box and the ref points straight to the spot!
    • 24' Iborra holds it up enough to give back to Michel but this time the centre is overhit.
    • 23' Michel found in acres of space on the right but Iborra cannot control his cross from the right before he's mobbed by defenders.
    • 22' Another chance for the home side! Martins continues to bully defenders, even the notable presence of Demichelis, and out muscles the defender to get onto a Ruben ball forward which should have been dealt with. Willy is out of his goal to block the shot with his feet.
    • 20' Offside flag as Malaga come down the left ends another attempt to get forward in numbers.
    • 19' Isco leads the visitors' counter and tees up Antunes for a dangerous low cross which rolls dangerously close to the hosts' goal line. Nobody able to get onto it though.
    • 18' Barkero's forward loft pass is headed out of danger by Demichelis.
    • 17' Baptista is fairly challenged in the opposite box and both Saviola and Isco are unable to keep the advance going.
    • 15' First big chance! Michel played into the Malaga area and though his shaky first touch denies him time to shoot, he lifts over a good short cross for Ruben whose header is pushed around the near post by Willy for a corner.
    • 14' Toulalan fouls Michel in the middle of the park.
    • 13' Rios plays Juanfran down the left but the cross is put out for an attacking throw by Sanchez.
    • 12' ...but that soon fizzles out too.
    • 11' Great strength from Martins to keep a clearance alive but his attempt to complete the counter-attack sees his cross blocked and Malaga will break themselves now...
    • 10' Juanfran trips Isco but the free-kick comes to nothing.
    • 8' Antunes comes down the wing on the overlap but the left-back's cross is poor and behind for a goal kick.
    • 7' Joaquin floats past two defenders but a short pass to Saviola on the edge of the area is behind the striker.
    • 6' Toulalan is chief architect for a lovely passage of short Malaga passes, their first real control of the match, but they lose the ball as soon as they approach the Levante box.
    • 5' Martins looks to test the centre-backs in his first decent attacking possession but Demichelis does well to dispossess him.
    • 4' Michel's delivery is cleared and Navarro soon triggers the flag to end the threat.
    • 3' Ruben gets off the first shot and it takes a deflection for an early corner.
    • 2' So it's 4th v 9th underway here.
    • 1' And here we go with the first half.
    • 18:50 TEAMS - LEVANTE: Munua, Lell,Vyntra, Navarro, Juanfran, Michel, Iborra, Rios, Barkero, Ruben, Martins. Subs: Navas, Rodas, El Zhar, Valdo, Lopez, Juanlu, Diop. /// MALAGA: Willy, Gamez, Sanchez, Demichelis, Antunes, Toulalan, Iturra, Baptista, Isco, Saviola. Subs: Kameni, Lugano, Camacho, Fernandez, Piazon,Portillo, Santa Cruz.
    • 18:45 Good evening and welcome to Eurosport's LIVE Liga matchcast as Malaga travel to Levante. Team news will follow very shortly!
  • Summary

    • 78' Isco denied a possible hat-trick after Antunes has a cross half-headed clear by Vyntra into the playmaker's path. Good block by Navarro to stop it going goalbound.
    • 66' Martins is played through! Willy blocks the shot again! Sanchez clears before a follow-up!
    • 62' Almost an equaliser for Levante as Ruben fires in a tasty cross which is headed from danger by Antunes just before two home players could add a simple finish.
    • 47' GOAL MALAGA! What a start to the half as the visitors go straight on the attack and Isco controls a Toulalan cross well before putting away his second of the game. 1-2!
    • 35' PENALTY MALAGA! And just as controversial as Lell is ruled to have brought down Baptista.
    • 27' GOAL! Barkero hammers in the spot kick. 1-0 Levante!
    • 25' PENALTY LEVANTE! Demichelis barges down Martins in the box and the ref points straight to the spot!
    • 22' Another chance for the home side! Martins continues to bully defenders, even the notable presence of Demichelis, and out muscles the defender to get onto a Ruben ball forward which should have been dealt with. Willy is out of his goal to block the shot with his feet.
    • 15' First big chance! Michel played into the Malaga area and though his shaky first touch denies him time to shoot, he lifts over a good short cross for Ruben whose header is pushed around the near post by Willy for a corner.
    • 18:50 TEAMS - LEVANTE: Munua, Lell,Vyntra, Navarro, Juanfran, Michel, Iborra, Rios, Barkero, Ruben, Martins. Subs: Navas, Rodas, El Zhar, Valdo, Lopez, Juanlu, Diop. /// MALAGA: Willy, Gamez, Sanchez, Demichelis, Antunes, Toulalan, Iturra, Baptista, Isco, Saviola. Subs: Kameni, Lugano, Camacho, Fernandez, Piazon,Portillo, Santa Cruz.
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Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Levante UD

    Manager: Juan Ignacio Martínez

  • Málaga CF

    Manager: Manuel Pellegrini

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