Levante edge Valencia in Spanish derby

Roger Marti of Levante UD and Mouctar Diakhaby of Valencia CF during the La Liga match between Levante UD and Valencia CF played at Ciutat de Valencia Stadium on March 12, 2021 in Valencia, Spain.

Roger Marti's first-half goal has given Levante a 1-0 win and bragging rights over Valencia following their derby win in the Spanish league.

The Levante striker scored his 13th goal in all competitions on Friday after Ruben Rochina intercepted a poor pass by Valencia defender Mouctar Diakhaby to set him up in the area in the 18th minute.

Levante had already gone close from shots by Rochina, Jose Morales and Jorge de Frutos, who hit the upright.

Valencia took up to the 75th minute to test Aitor Fernandez when the Levante goalkeeper got his foot on a low strike by Manu Vallejo.

The win lifted Levante into eighth place and ends a two-game losing streak, including a loss to Athletic Bilbao in extra time in the Copa del Rey semi-finals last week.

"The win feels great, a derby is always special," Marti said. "These points are important for us after the week we had. You could see we have already moved on."

Valencia were left in 12th after a fifth straight road game without a victory.

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