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December 4, 2010 5:00 PM GMT
 
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Levante 2-0 Atletico Madrid: Mattress-Makers' Disappointing League Campaign Continues

Nano and Caicedo were on target for the Granotes...

By Subhankar Mondal

Levante, Spain
Atletico Madrid continue to struggle in the Spanish Primera Division this season as they went down 2-0 to Levante at the Ciutat de València on Saturday evening.

Victoriano Nano gave the home side the lead as early as the third minute and Felipe Caicedo ascertained a deserved win on 59 minutes with his side's second.

Levante are struggling for their lives in the Spanish top fight but it was them who broke the deadlock and that too after just three minutes from a corner. Ruben Suarez swung in the ball and Nano headed it home from close range.

Atleti were shell-shocked and were clearly shaken but could have restored parity on 11 minutes when Jose Antonio Reyes put the home side's defence into trouble and marched into the area but failed to maintain his cool.

It could have cost the Mattress-Makers dearly just minutes later when Juanlu cut inside and found himself with just David De Gea to beat. However, the Atleti custodian made a brilliant save to keep the score at 1-0.

The next chance of the match was again crafted by Levante but this time too the attempt on goal was sensationally kept out by De Gea.

Atletico were looking bland and unimaginative in attack and failed to threaten Manuel between the Levante posts. However, the Rojiblancos could have restored parity in injury time of the half
when Diego Forlan generously found himself with the ball inside the hosts' 18-yard box but his shot was kept out by Manuel.

Just as they had done in the first-half, Levante could have scored at the start of the second session had De Gea not stood strong in front of goal and kept out Caicedo.

A minute before the hour-mark, though, the Granotes scored their second of the evening when Juanlu released a brilliant through ball that
Caicedo slotted in past De Gea.

The game was virtually over by then but that second goal triggered an encouraging response from Quique Sanchez Flores' side. Forlan, Reyes and Aguero all asked questions of the Levante defence thereafter but in vain, as it ended in a 2-0 win for Luis Garcia's side, who are now four points above the relegation zone while Atletico remains outside the top six.

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Levante

1
Manolo Reina
Goalkeeper
3.00
12
3.00
7
Nano
Defender
2′ 45′
3.50
18
Ballesteros
Defender
85′
3.00
-
Javi Venta
Defender
75′
3.00
8
Juanlu
Midfielder
3.00
6
Pallardó
Midfielder
3.00
-
3.00
-
Xavi Torres
Midfielder
80′
3.00
-
Xisco Nadal
Striker
70′
3.50
9
4.00

Atletico Madrid

2.50
1
David de Gea
Goalkeeper
2.50
6
2.50
2
2.00
16
Perea
Striker
35′
2.50
-
2.50
21
Reyes
Striker
2.00
12
3.00
20
Simão
Midfielder
70′ 76′
3.00
8
Raúl García
Midfielder
1.50
10
3.00
16

Substitutes

-
Gustavo Munúa
Goalkeeper
0.00
8
Stuani
Striker
0.00
-
Larrea
Midfielder
70′
2.50
11
3.00
-
0.00
5
Robusté
Defender
83′
0.00

Substitutes

0.00
1
Joel
Goalkeeper
0.00
20
Juan Valera
Defender
3.00
4
Mario Suárez
Midfielder
31′
3.00
19
0.00
-
Fran Mérida
Midfielder
82′
0.00
3
Filipe Luis
Defender
0.00
15

Coach/Manager

-
0.00

Coach/Manager

0.00
-
 
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