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Levante moves closer to top four

Levante moved to within one point of a place in the top four on Saturday as the club secured a 3-1 home win against 10-man Athletic Bilbao.

Aritz Aduriz scored on a header from Andoni Iraola's cross after only six minutes to put Athletic into the lead, but Levante's Christian Lell hammered home the equalizer 20 minutes later to level the match.

The visitors then found themselves down to 10 men shortly before halftime when Aymeric Laporte received a red card for bringing down Roger as the striker attempted to break through on goal.

Levante took advantage right away and went in front at the break when Vicente Iborra scored on a close-range header following a flick from David Navarro.

Nabil El Zhar wrapped up the points 20 minutes from time with a bullet from outside the area that found the bottom left corner of the net, giving Levante three wins from its last five games.

Valencia 2, Granada 1

Granada, Spain - Valencia won for the third time in five games on Saturday as Los Che came from a goal down in the second half to claim a 2-1 win at Granada.

The home side played nearly the final hour of the match with 10 men after Mikel Rico received a second yellow card, but it was Granada that still managed to take the lead five minutes after halftime with a volley from Brayan Angulo.

But the visitors leveled the match nine minutes later when Jonas headed home a corner kick from Pablo Piatti before Piatti netted the winning goal eight minutes from time.

The chance came when Roberto Soldado drove a low ball to the front of goal, where Piatti redirected it past goalkeeper Roberto.

Deportivo 1, Malaga 0

Madrid, Spain - Malaga missed a chance to move into third place on Saturday as the club sustained a 1-0 defeat at last-place Deportivo.

The visitors entered the contest having won their last three matches, while Deportivo was winless in seven and had won only two times in its first 17 La Liga games.

Domingos Paciencia took charge of Deportivo for the first time on Saturday, and after Pizzi's free kick struck the post in the opening half, he watched the Portuguese winger put his team in front in the 57th minute.

Pizzi took advantage of a poor ball from Jesus Gamez, and after beating a defender, he fired a shot just under the crossbar that beat goalkeeper Willy Caballero.

Deportivo moves off the bottom of the table with the result, while Malaga stays in fourth place.

Sevilla 1, Osasuna 0

Seville, Spain - Emir Spahic's goal eight minutes from time helped Sevilla snap a five-game winless streak with a 1-0 triumph over Osasuna at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on Saturday.

Both sides entered the match in poor form, and through 80 minutes, it looked like neither side would take much away from the contest.

However, a corner kick in the 82nd minute for Sevilla led to the only goal as Jose Antonio Reyes flicked the ball on at the near post and Spahic stabbed it home from a few yards.