Troubled Valencia held by neighbours Levante

April 29th, 2012

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Apr 1, 2012, 18:05 GMT

Madrid – Valencia’s poor form continued on Sunday with a 1-1 draw at home to crosstown rivals Levante.

Brazilian striker Jonas shot Valencia ahead in the 35th minute after an exquisite move between Aritz Aduriz and Sophiane Feghouli.

but seven minutes into the second half Arouna Kone made it 1-1 after being set up by a clever header from Valdo, one of Levante’s many veterans.

Valencia were jeered off the field by their own fans, who have had to endure a patchy season. the disappointing draw has certainly sealed the fate of unpopular coach Unai Emery, who will leave in may.

Emery’s team have won just once in their last four league games, and on Thursday lost 2-1 at AZ Alkmaar in the Europa League. They are still third in La Liga but are just one point ahead of fourth-placed Malaga, who crashed 2-0 at home to Betis on Saturday.

Earlier on Sunday, Atletico Madrid kept alive their dream of snatching a European place by thrashing neighbours Getafe 3-0.

Argentine winger Eduardo Salvio gave Atletico the lead after 25 minutes by heading in a long centre from the right from Juanfran.

Radamel Falcao had a goal disallowed. Brazilian playmaker Diego made it 2-0 by turning in centre from Falcao.

the Colombian made it 3-0 12 minutes from time after a clever move down the right between Juanfran and Koke.

the pleasant win took Atletico up to seventh and left them in good heart ahead of Thursday’s Europa League showdown away to Hannover 96, whom they beat 2-1 in last week’s home leg.

Delighted Atletico coach Diego Simeone said: ‘I am pleased with the commitment shown by the players today. It didn’t look like we had played just three days ago, we didn’t look tired at all.’

later on Sunday, Real Sociedad were due to host Rayo Vallecano, and Villarreal were due to take on Espanyol.

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Troubled Valencia held by neighbours Levante

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