LA LIGA | VALENCIA 3-0 LEVANTE
Valencia overwhelm Levante, move to within a point of Atleti
Goals from Alcácer, Feghouli and Negredo earned Valencia a comfortable win in the derby and ensured they narrowed the gap on third-placed Atleti.
There were no surprises in Valencia. Today, there are substantial differences that exist between the two teams in the city and that was reflected in the derby. It’s a question of quality and of power. Levante are still without a Liga win at Mestalla (and they have visited there ten times) and Valencia, after the noise that was generated by Aritz Aduriz’s offside-looking late equaliser for Athletic Club at San Mamés last week, once again have a buffer in the Champions League places.
Nuno’s men, who visit the Camp Nou on Saturday, took three points, which is the distance that separates them from fifth-placed Sevilla with seven matchdays left. They are just one point behind Atlético. Meanwhile, European football returns this week for Cholo Simeone’s men and for Unai Emery’s charges too.
For referee Iglesias Villanueva, the noise generated by Teixeira went in one ear and out of the other. Paco Alcácer’s first goal, which was ruled out for offside, was legal, while the referee erred with the hosts’ second, in which Pablo Orbán was offside in the build-up. With the refereeing errors scattered, the derby was unbalanced by Alcácer’s allowed first goal and a header from Sofiane Feghouli. The duo and Joao Cancelo were perfect in their performances.
Levante could have gotten into the derby, but David Barral shot well off-target, Víctor Casadesús came across the crossbar and José Luis Morales was thwarted by Diego Alves. Levante did not lose face in the derby, but they paid for the feebleness of their defence. And Álvaro Negredo put the icing on the cake, although he didn’t celebrate his goal, and it was as if he was peeved.