Valencia down Levante in La Liga derby

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Carlos Soler of Valencia CF scoring his team's second goal during the LaLiga Santander match between Levante UD and Valencia CF at Ciutat de Valencia Stadium on December 20, 2021 in Valencia, Spain.

Goncalo Guedes and Carlos Soler have each scored twice as Valencia came from two goals down to secure a 4-3 derby victory at La Liga basement side Levante.

The hosts took the lead in the 21st minute after being awarded a penalty for a Mouctar Diakhaby handball.

Jose Campana has his spot-kick saved by Jasper Cillessen but put the ball away on the follow-up.

Three minutes later Levante doubled their advantage as Roger Marti finished off a counter-attack.

Valencia pulled a goal back just before the interval via a superb Guedes strike from the edge of the area after a neat one-two.

Soler equalised five minutes into the second half with a penalty after Ruben Vezo fouled Hugo Duro.

The visitors went ahead via a 72nd-minute Soler effort before Guedes completed his own brace with five minutes of normal time remaining from another counter-attack.

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Carlos Soler of Valencia CF celebrates after scoring goal during the LaLiga Santander match between Levante UD and Valencia CF at Ciutat de Valencia Stadium on December 20, 2021 in Valencia, Spain.

 


Enis Bardhi reduced the deficit in stoppage time, but Alessio Lisci's men could not save themselves from defeat.

While Levante - still without a league win this term - remain bottom of the table, seven points adrift of safety, Jose Bordalas' Valencia are up a position to seventh, swapping places with Barcelona.

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