Feb 8, 2015 00:47:00
Nigeria’s Kalu Uche got his first goal for Levante as they dismantled Malaga 4-1 in a Spanish topflight game played at the Estadio Ciudada de Valencia.
He got the last goal of the game in the 75th minute after David Barral’s treble had sealed a win for them since the 62nd minute.
Roberto Camarasa fed Antonio Tono and his low cross through the six-yard box was just asking to be turned in, with Uche gleefully obliging.
Jordi Xumetra had the first effort for the home side but could only fire wide in a cagey start before Nacho Camacho’s error allowed Juanmi to open the scoring in the 24th minute.
A flowing forward move had Malaga on the back foot and Camacho’s attempted back-pass dropped straight into the path of Juanmi who rounded goalkeeper Diego Marino and finished high into the roof of the net.
Just three minutes later Levante were level but it was in controversial circumstances and Barral was at the centre of it.
The striker was on the very edge of the area when he appeared to go to ground easily under a challenge for Sergio Sanchez to win a free-kick.
The awarding of the set-piece may have been contentious but there was nothing wrong with the finish as Barral rifled the free-kick home despite Carlos Kameni getting his hands to it.
Kameni then produced a stunning save to turn Uche’s header onto the bar on the half-hour but Barral gave his side the lead seven minutes later as he again won and converted a set piece.
Kalu was replaced with eleven minutes to the end of the game by Victor Casadesus. With this win, Carlos de Cerro’s side have moved from the base of the La Liga log to 17th place with 19 points from 22 games.