Valencia tops Levante to take over third place

Valencia claimed a 2-0 win over derby rivals Levante on Saturday to climb into third place in La Liga.

An own goal from Levante's Javi Venta on the half-hour mark put Valencia in front, and Alberto Costa's first goal of the campaign doubled the advantage early in the second half, giving Los Che its third successive win.

Levante falls one point behind its rival with the loss, which is the club's second straight following a seven-game winning streak.

Costa helped set up the first goal with a through ball to Jordi Alba, who was about to shoot when Javi Venta slid in and redirected the ball into his own net.

The visitors increased their lead early in the second half when a curling free kick from Costa troubled Levante goalkeeper Gustavo Munua, who only managed to get a hand to the effort and couldn't keep it out.

There was no way back into the match for the home side from there and they rarely threatened over the final 40 minutes.

Mallorca 0, Sevilla 0

Mallorca, Spain - Sevilla responded from its first loss of the season with a 0-0 draw at Mallorca on Saturday.

The home side created the better chances and was a bit unlucky not to claim all three points as Sevilla goalkeeper Javi Varas was in top form.

Alfaro had the best chance of the match for Mallorca in the second half when he shot the ball over the net from 10 yards with Varas out of position, while the Sevilla 'keeper denied him a few minutes later with a diving save.

Mallorca has drawn four of its last six games while Sevilla has failed to record a win in its last four matches.

Real Betis 0, Malaga 0

Seville, Spain - Real Betis snapped a six-game losing streak on Saturday by recording a 0-0 draw at home against Malaga.

Betis was held without a goal for the sixth time in seven games and didn't manage to create much in attack, but a big save from goalkeeper Casto in the second half preserved a point for his side.

The best chance arrived in the 55th minute when Duda's cross was met by the head of Rondon a few yards from goal, only for Casto to keep the ball out with a diving save at the bottom corner of the net.