Needing to win on Sunday so they can regain the top spot in La Liga, Levante squandered their first-half scoring opportunities. Arouna Kone shot on goal in the ninth minute was successfully handled from Osasuna's goalkeeper Andres Fernandez.
A few minutes later, Levante's Asier Del Horno misfired his header and two minutes later Kone duplicated the Del Horno's misfired header. Along with missing their scoring opportunities, Levante's haphazard defense in the final minutes of the first-half were the nails in their coffin.
Playing at the Reyno de Navarra Stadium, Osasuna scored two goals in a four-minute span late in the first half. Alvaro Cejudo goal in the 40th minute gave Osasuna a 1-0 lead. Levante's MF Vicente Iborra horrendously cleared the ball and Cejudo took advantage of the situation as he fired a deflected shot past GK Gustavo Munua.
Then in the 44th minute, Juan Francisco Martinez aka Nino made it 2-0. After Levante's Munua and Del Horno collided from Ibrahima Balde's light tap to his teammate Nino, the net was empty and Nino easiest scored his goal without any hesitation.
In the second half, Levante was unable to produce a goal. Despite the ejection of Osasuna's Cejudo in the 59th minute, Levante was unable to take advantage of the situation. For all their efforts, they simply weren't able to overcome the worst four-minutes in their early season.
With Sunday's win, Osasuna remains undefeated at home.
Unfortunately for Levante, they're now in third place of La Liga. Following Sunday's loss, Levante returns to the City of Valencia Stadium for their showdown against Valencia on November 5.
With Barcelona, Real Madrid, and Valencia playing well, it'll be interesting to see if last week was the final week, we'll see Levante on top of La Liga.
Other La Liga Results from the Weekend
Valencia won 3-1 over Getafe.
Villarreal won 2-0 over Rayo Vallecano.
Barcelona won 5-0 over Mallorca.
Real Madrid won 1-0 over Real Sociedad.
Sporting Gijon battled Athletic Bilbao to a 1-1 draw.
Racing Stantander won 1-0 over Real Betis.
Atletico Madrid won 3-1 over Real Zaragoza.
Malaga won 2-1 over Espanyol.
La Liga Standings as of Sunday,October 30, 2011
1. Real Madrid (8-1-1, 25 pts); 2. Barcelona (7-3-0, 24 pts); 3. Levante UD (7-2-1, 23 pts); 4. Valencia (6-3-1, 21 pts); 5. Sevilla FC (4-5-0, 17 pts); 6. Malaga (5-1-4, 16 pts); 7. Espanyol (5-0-5, 15 pts); 8. Osasuna (3-5-2, 14 pts); 9. Athletico Bilbao (3-4-3, 13 pts); 10. Atletico Madrid (3-4-3, 13 pts); 11. Rayo Vallecano (3-3-4, 12 pts); 12. Real Betis (4-0-6; 12 pts); 13. Villarreal (2-4-4, 10pts); 14. Mallorca (2-3-5, 9 pts); 15. Real Zaragoza (2-3-5, 9 pts); 16. Real Sociedad (2-2-6, 8 pts); 17. Sporting Gijon (2-2-6, 8 pts); 18. Racing Santander (1-5-4, 8 pts); 19. Getafe (1-4-5, 7 pts); 20. Granada (1-2-6, 5 pts)
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