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Levante escape bottom of La Liga table

AP, VALENCIA, Spain

Levante’s Joan Verdu, right, scores a goal against Getafe’s Vicente Guaita during their Spanish La Liga soccer match at Estadio Ciutat de Valencia in Valencia, Spain, on Friday.

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Jose Morales scored one goal and set up two more as Levate UD beat Getafe 3-0 and provisionally rose out of last place in the La Liga on Friday.

Levante ended a three-game losing streak, moving one point above new bottom side Granada before they host Valencia today.

Morales opened the scoring with an incisive run from the left flank, cutting inside past two defenders before rolling a shot into the far corner in the 10th minute at Estadio Ciutat de Valencia.

Morales set up Giuseppe Rossi to add a penalty two minutes before halftime after he was fouled by Santiago Vergini in the area.

Getafe’s Alvaro Vazquez hit the post, and Levante goalkeeper Diego Marino had several saves before Morales passed for Joan Verdu to seal the points with nine minutes left.

“We made a good start to the match because we knew what was at stake,” Morales said. “This win is a step forward.”

Getafe’s fifth consecutive loss left them in 13th place, at five points from the drop before the rest of the matches in round 25.

“They dominated us the entire match,” Vazquez said. “We need to take a long look at ourselves and figure out how to turn this around.”

Yesterday, league leader Barcelona were scheduled to visit UD Las Palmas in the Canary Islands. Atletico Madrid, trailing the pacesetter by six points, are slated to host fourth-place Villarreal today, while third-place Real Madrid visit Malaga.

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