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Levante maintain their push for the Champions League

AFP, MADRID

A strong second-half performance from unfancied Levante UD saw them maintain their push for a place in the Champions League with a 3-1 win over Granada on Saturday.

At the other end of La Liga, Real Racing Club de Santander were relegated following a 3-0 defeat to Real Sociedad.

Levante, who are more accustomed to fighting relegation battles, have shown that their promising start to the campaign was no fluke.

Arouna Kone had the first chance of the game for Levante shortly before halftime with a shot which was well saved by goalkeeper Julio Cesar, but after the break the Ivory Coast striker did make the breakthrough.

Granada grabbed an equalizer with their first moment of real danger as Odion Ighalo swept the ball home after 66 minutes.

Levante quickly restored their lead through Xavi Torres and then Valdo Lopes made sure of the win seven minutes from the end.

Antoine Griezmann hit a brace and Imanol Agirretxe got the other goal as Sociedad condemned Racing to the second division after a desperate run which has seen them fail to win since mid-January.

Above them, Sporting de Gijon are still showing plenty of fight with a 3-0 victory away to RCD Espanyol, their third in four games, but Javier Clemente’s side still have a lot of work to do if they are to stay up.

Adrian Colunga, Oscar Trejo and Mate Bilic scored the second-half goals for Sporting, who are four points adrift of Villarreal, who drew 1-1 with CA Osasuna.

Villarreal have responded well to the arrival of coach Miguel Angel Lotina and they extended their unbeaten run to four games with Bruno Soriano putting them ahead before the break, before Raul Garcia equalized midway through the second half.

Elsewhere, RCD Mallorca ran out 3-1 winners in the mid-table scrap with Getafe.

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