Levante 0-0 Leganes: Fiery encounter ends goallessDecember 19, 2017
The first game of Jornada 17 in La Liga ended in a stalemate as Levante and Leganes fired a blank in a game that saw both teams have a man sent off.
This was Leganes’ first game since a 1-0 defeat at Deportivo on the 9th of December due to their game last weekend against Real Madrid being postponed with Los Blancos’ involvement in the Club World Cup in the UAE.
Levante on the other hand had drawn their last game 0-0 at Sevilla.
Referee Jaime Latre showed 14 yellow cards over the course of the 90 minutes including two each for Nordin Amrabat and Jose Campana.
Leganes just about shaded a quiet first half although Levante were left fuming towards the end of the half when they were denied what looked like a stonewall penalty.
Replays showed the defender almost ripping the shirt off the back of Enes Unal causing the Villarreal loanee to be unable to get anywhere near the ball but Latre waved away the claims.
The game looked like it may turn on its head just after the hour mark when Nordin Amrabat picked up two quickfire yellow cards.
Firstly he was booked for pushing Pedro Lopez before being adjudged to have elbowed Jose Campana just five minutes later and he was sent for an early bath.
The remainder of the match was more scrappy than anything else with Levante unable to make their man advantage count. Latre sent off one of the Levante coaches before Campana, who had been booked before being substituted, picked up his second yellow from the bench and was sent off.
Erick Cabaco even managed to pick up a booking after the final whistle for dissent as the game descended into chaos. There was very little goalmouth action over the piece but certainly plenty controversy.
In the end, Leganes, and their five travelling supporters, would have been happy to escape with a point which sees them move up to eighth. Levante stay 15th heading into the winter break.