Levante rose into fourth place in the Spanish league on Sunday after winning 2-0 at Deportivo La Coruna.
Barcelona: Levante rose into fourth place in the Spanish league on Sunday after winning 2-0 at Deportivo La Coruna in an eventful match that both teams finished with 10 men. Obafemi Martins gave visiting Levante the lead in the 40th minute when he latched onto a long ball, dribbled past goalkeeper Daniel Aranzubia and rolled in his fifth goal in eight games.
The contest appeared to have swung in Deportivo's favor when Pedro Lopez was sent off for his second booking for handling the ball in the area. But Ivan "Riki" Sanchez missed the resulting 55th-minute penalty. Aranzubia was then red carded for fouling Martins in the 69th. Having made all three substitutions, Deportivo used midfielder Alejandro Bergantinos as stand-in goalkeeper, and Levante forward Jose Barkero sealed the win with a long strike in the 82nd.
Also, Mallorca broke a six-game losing streak by drawing 1-1 at Celta Vigo. Forward Tomer Hemed recorded his seventh league goal in 12 rounds to give Mallorca the lead in the 22nd, before Park Chu-young met Iago Aspas' low cross to tap in the hosts' equalizer in the 56th. Later, Sevilla host Real Betis in the always heated Seville-derby, second-place Atletico Madrid visit Granada, and Valladolid are at Getafe.
On Saturday, league leader Barcelona beat Real Zaragoza 3-1 to remain unbeaten and extend its club-record start, while Real Madrid routed Athletic Bilbao 5-1 to strengthen its hold on third place. Valencia downed Espanyol 2-1, and Malaga drew 0-0 at Osasuna. Rayo Vallecano visit Real Sociedad on Monday.