Levante finally gave their fans a reason to smile when they ended a 3-game losing streak with a dominating 4-0 win over the previous five-game unbeaten Sporting Gijon.
Prior to Sunday's win, Levante had lost to Atletico Madrid, Valencia and Osasuna by a combined score of 7-2. Following Sunday's win, Levante remained in fourth place and are currently one point behind Valencia for third place.
Playing at home at the Ciutat de València, Levante finally played like the club that had started the season 7-2-0 and temporarily claimed La Liga's top spot. In the 20th minute, Jose Barkero opened the scoring register for Valencia as they took a 1-0 lead.
Sporting Gijon's best chance to level the match was squandered when striker David Barral misfired his header past the post.
Despite the 1-0 halftime lead, Levante was still in danger of allowing Sporting Gijon to get back in the game.
Entering the second half, Levante needed only 20 minutes in the second half to produce three additional goals, thus putting the game out of reach for Sporting Gijon.
Juanlu doubled the score for Levante with his goal in the 47th minute for a 2-0 lead. Five minutes later, Arouna Kone made it 3-0 when he slid past Sporting goalkeeper Juan Colinas before rolling the ball into the net in the 52nd minute. Then in the 62nd minute, Kone scored his second goal of the match when he passed Sporting's Ivan Hernandez before going one-on-one against GK Juan Pablo.
With the final 4-0, Levante travels to Camp Nou to face Barcelona next Saturday, December 3. While Barcelona is clearly the superior team on paper, Levante has already beaten Real Madrid earlier this season and a win over Barca may as well be the most pivotal moment in their season.
Other La Liga Results from the Sunday
Osasuna won 2-1 over Espanyol.
Mallorca won 2-1 over Racing Santander.
Granada won 1-0 over Athletic Bilbao.
Sevilla FC won 1-0 over Real Zaragoza.
La Liga Standings as of Sunday, November 27, 2011
1. Real Madrid (11-1-1, 34 pts); 2. Barcelona (8-4-1, 28 pts); 3. Valencia (8-3-2, 27 pts); 4. Levante (8-2-3, 26 pts); 5. Sevilla FC (5-6-2, 21 pts); 6. Malaga (6-2-4, 20 pts); 7. Osasuna (4-6-3, 18 pts); 8. Athletic Bilbao (4-4-5, 17 pts); 9. Espanyol (5-2-6, 17 pts); 10. Rayo Vallecano (4-4-5, 16 pts); 11. Atletico Madrid (4-4-5, 16 pts); 12. Villarreal (3-5-4, 14 pts); 13. Getafe (3-4-6, 13 pts); 14. Real Betis (4-1-8, 13 pts); 15. Mallorca (3-4-5, 13 pts); 16. Granada (3-3-6, 12 pts); 17. Real Sociedad (3-3-7, 12 pts); 18. Sporting Gijon (3-3-7, 12 pts); 19. Real Zaragoza (2-4-7, 10 pts); 20. Racing Santander (1-6-6, 9 pts)
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