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    Levante defeats Espanyol to boost hopes of survival in La Liga

    Apr 16, 2016

    VALENCIA, Spain — Levante fought back to beat Espanyol, 2-1, at home on Friday to boost its hopes of avoiding relegation from the Spanish league.

    Hernan Perez gave the visitors the lead in the seventh minute after controlling Victor Sanchez's pass.

    Giuseppe Rossi equalized for Levante in the 23rd when his free kick, which was intended for a teammate, slipped through the defense and into the net.

    Defender Carl Medjani completed the comeback when he volleyed in Joan Verdu's free kick in the 66th.

    Levante provisionally rose out of last place and within two points of safety before the rest of the round's matches. There will be five matches left after this round.

    "I have been saying for weeks that there is still a long way to go and we couldn't give ourselves up for dead," Levante defender Juanfran Garcia said. "Everything looks different when you win."

    Espanyol was left in 15th after a second consecutive defeat.

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    Leader Barcelona hosts Valencia on Sunday, looking to end a three-game winless skid in the league after also exiting the Champions League.

    Atletico Madrid, which ousted Barcelona from Europe's top-tier tournament this week, trails the Catalan club by three points in the league before hosting Granada on Sunday.

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