Valencia 3-1 Levante: Derby win enough for hosts to keep third placeFebruary 12, 2018
Valencia beat Levante 3-1 on Sunday evening in the derby to keep hold of third place after seeing Real Madrid beat Real Sociedad.
Los Che took the lead in the 17th minute when Santi Mina put them 1-0 up after a superb corner, but Levante his straight back via Sergio Postigo, who levelled from an impressive corner of their own.
Spanish winger Mina was ever impressive and hit the crossbar just before half-time, whilst Coke saw his header ruled out on the hour mark for a non-existent foul.
Valencia then made the visitors pay as Luciano Vietto and Dani Parejo (penalty) scored to secure all three points, which keeps them above fourth placed Real Madrid for another week.
Meanwhile earlier on Sunday at the Camp Nou, Barcelona laboured through a 0-0 with Getafe to approach a rare midweek break, sitting pretty at the top of La Liga.
Ernesto Valverde’s side failed to score for the first time at home this season with the result, having been largely frustrated by Jose Bordalas’ impressive visitors.
Whilst Valverde’s side remain unbeaten in the league, they did allow Atletico Madrid in second place, to gain ground in the title race, cutting the gap down to seven points.