Levante 2-2 Deportivo La Coruna: Honours even as Morales is sent offAugust 26, 2017
Levante and Deportivo La Coruna shared the points after an exciting 2-2 draw at the Ciutat de Valencia on Saturday.
Deportivo looked to be on their way to three points when goals from Fede Cartabia and Sidnei saw them take a 2-0 lead but Enis Bardhi reduced the arrears before half time. Levante’s chances of getting a result looked to be gone when Jose Luis Morales was sent off after 76 minutes but eight minutes later Ivi got the equaliser to secure a well deserved point for the hosts.
Deportivo made the perfect start when they took the lead after just five minutes. Florin Andone failed to control a cross into the box but the ball dropped perfectly for Cartabia to side foot into the bottom corner past Raul Fernandez in the Levante goal.
Levante went in search of an equaliser and went closest when Jason picked up the ball outside the penalty area and struck a fine shot goalward but Depor goalkeeper Ruben Martinez was equal to it and was able to parry the effort away from goal.
On 31 minutes the visitors doubled their lead. Emre Colak took a corner and it was Sidnei who rose highest at the back post to put Depor in control of the game.
The two goal lead was short lived however and Bardhi struck an early goal of the season contender four minutes later to reduce the arrears. Levante were awarded a free kick 25 yards from the Deportivo goal and Bardhi struck it straight into the top corner giving the goalkeeper absolutely no chance.
Levante pushed hard for the equaliser but their chance looked to be gone when Morales received his second yellow card of the game on 76 minutes after a collision with Bruno Gama when the sub was looking to get behind the home defence.
Levante weren’t to be denied though and the hosts were awarded a penalty on 84 minutes when Ivi was fouled by Juanfran inside the penalty area. Ivi took the penalty himself and sent Martinez the wrong way to secure a point for the home side.
With the international break now upon us there will be no La Liga games for two weeks when Levante will go to Real Madrid and Depor will host Real Sociedad.