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Prodigal Sevilla held by Levante

Madrid, November 5, 2012, Reuters:

 Sevilla missed a chance to climb into the European qualification places when they squandered several late chances and were held to a 0-0 draw at home to Levante in La Liga on Sunday.

The Andalusian club, who failed to make it into Europe last season, came close to breaking the deadlock in the 84th minute at their Sanchez Pizjuan stadium. However, Jose Campana’s deflected shot bounced back off the crossbar and fellow substitute Baba sent the rebound into the stands with the goal at his mercy.

As Sevilla pressed for a winner, the ball fell to midfielder Gary Medel inside the area in the final minute but his wild effort flew over the bar. With 10 matches played, Sevilla have 15 points in seventh, two behind fifth-placed Levante, who would have climbed above Malaga into fourth with a win.

Struggling Athletic Bilbao held on for only their third win of the season earlier on Sunday when Aritz Aduriz scored twice in a 2-1 success at Granada.

Bilbao, Europa League and King’s Cup finalists last season, have made a dreadful start to the latest campaign and Sunday’s victory leaves them in 14th on 11 points from 10 matches.  Aduriz opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the 12th minute in rain-lashed Granada and doubled the visitors’ lead 15 minutes later with a low drive from just outside the area.

Youssef El Arabi pulled a goal back eight minutes after the break but the home side were unable to make some sustained pressure count and are second from bottom on eight points. Espanyol have also made a poor start but managed a second win of the season by beating Real Sociedad 1-0 away with Diego Colotto scoring in the 77th minute.

Deportivo Coruna won 1-0 at home to Real Mallorca thanks to a Bruno Gama effort after 30 minutes and Osasuna stayed rooted to the bottom on five points when they had a player sent off and lost 1-0 at home to Real Valladolid.

Liverpool hold Newcastle

Liverpool failed to mark captain Steven Gerrard’s 600th appearance for the club with a win when they were held to a 1-1 draw by Newcastle United in the Premier League at Anfield which left them mired in mid-table on Sunday.  Liverpool needed a well-taken 67th minute equaliser from Uruguay forward Luis Suarez to save a point after Newcastle took a first-half lead through Yohan Cabaye’s stunning strike.


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