Bilbao, Levante draw in Spanish league

Inigo Martínez of Athletic Club is tackled by Roger Marti of Levante UD during the La Liga Santander match between Levante UD and Athletic Club at Ciutat de Valencia Stadium on February 26, 2021 in Valencia, Spain.

Bilbao and Levante have played to a 1-1 draw in La Liga, five days before they meet again to decide which team advances to the Copa del Rey final.

Roger Marti scored his 10th goal of the season for Levante after the striker converted a 34-minute penalty following Unai Nunez's foul of Jorge de Frutos in the area.

Raul Garcia equalised in the 56th from a penalty conceded by Nikola Vukcekic's foul of Alex Berenguer.

Marti said: "We started the game well. Our penalty was clear. I am not sure about theirs."

The stalemate left Levante in eighth place and Bilbao in ninth.

On Thursday, the two will meet for a third time in three weeks when Levante again hosts Bilbao in the return leg of their Copa del Rey semi-final. The first leg at San Mames Stadium stadium ended 1-1.

The other cup semi-final will be decided on Wednesday, when Sevilla takes a 2-0 advantage to Barcelona at Camp Nou.

Garcia said: "Both sides showed that every game is important. We know it will be as tough Thursday as it was tonight."


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