Levante move into fourth spot with win

Levante climbed above Malaga into fourth place in La Liga and a Champions League qualification slot after Valdo and Arouna Kone struck early in a 2-0 victory at home to Atletico Madrid on Sunday.


The Valencia-based club, this season's surprise package despite a meagre budget and ageing squad, have 48 points from 31 matches, level with their more glamourous city rivals Valencia, who play at leaders Real Madrid in the late kick-off.

Malaga have 47 ahead of their match at home to relegation-threatened Racing Santander on Monday.

Atletico have enjoyed a revival since coach Diego Simeone took over at the turn of the year and are through to the semi-finals of the Europa League.

However, their domestic form has been erratic and they are six points behind Levante in seventh and in danger of missing their goal of a lucrative Champions League spot next season.

They had defender Miranda sent off late on when he earned a second yellow card and the Brazilian will be suspended for Atletico's match at home to cross-town rivals Real on Wednesday.

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