La Liga - Sevilla far too good for Levante
Eurosport - Sat, 28 Aug 20:00:00 2010
Right-back Abdoulay Konko's two goals helped Sevilla to a comprehensive 4-1 win at La Liga newcomers Levante to get their season back on track after a tough start to the campaign.
Sevilla came into the league opener on the back of a troubling week in which Barcelona drubbed them 4-0 to take the Spanish Super Cup and Braga stunned them at home to qualify for the Champions League group stages at their expense.
Manager Antonio Alvarez raised eyebrows with his decision to leave striking stars Luis Fabiano and Frederic Kanoute on the bench.
And the Levante threatened to make it still worse when they started positively and won a penalty just ten minutes into the game.
To their credit Sevilla's riposte was immediate. Alvaro Negredo's far post header forced a save from Gustavo Munua.
From the resulting corner Jesus Navas thundered a long range effort against the post which rebounded to Konko for a simple equaliser.
After seeing their lead cancelled out in just two minutes Levante began to lose their way and the visitors assumed control. On the ball Sevilla engulfed their opponents, enjoying as much as two-thirds of the possession.
But for all their dominance their second goal was a fortunate one.
Negredo struck the shot uncompromisingly down the middle to seal the comeback.
After the break Sevilla continued to control the match without creating a surfeit of chances.
Their third came surely enough, however, just after the hour mark. Konko ventured forward once more, beating the offside trap to meet Renato's perfectly-weighted through ball and slid the ball into the net with a striker's composure.
Levante grew shorter and shorter of ideas as the game progressed although substitute Rafael Jorda led the line manfully with the match drawing to a close.
It was no surprise when at the death Sevilla made it four with Renato nodding in Jose Carlos' cross at the far post.
The convincing performance leaves Sevilla top of the table after the first day's play in La Liga, while Levante look to have a long season ahead.