Dec 13, 2013 at 8pm UK at ‚ÄčEstadi Ciutat de Valencia
Levante
2-1
ElcheElche
Barral (42', 80')
Vyntra (39'), Karabelas (52'), El Zhar (77'), Xumetra (90')
FT(HT: 1-1)
Sapunaru (26')
Boakye (65'), Botia (74'), Mantecon (85'), Herrera (90')

Result: David Barral brace helps Levante down Elche

Substitute David Barral scores twice as Levante come from behind to beat Elche 2-1 in Valencia and climb above their opponents in the La Liga table.

David Barral came off the bench to score a brace and earn Levante a come-from-behind 2-1 win over Elche in their La Liga clash at the Ciutat de Valencia tonight.

The forward was introduced as a substitute on 38 minutes, and struck before the break to equalise for the hosts following Cristian Sapunaru's opener.

He netted his second 10 minutes from time, trebling his tally for the season in the process, to secure Levante a victory which sees them leapfrog their opponents and climb to 10th in the Spanish top division.

Sapunaru of Elche FC celebrates after scoring with his teammate Alberto Rivera during the La Liga match between Levante UD and Elche FC at Ciutat de Valencia on December 13, 2013© Getty Images

Juventus loanee Richmond Boakye had the first clear sight of goal, blazing a shot high and wide after good work from Elche striker Coro, but the visitors were ahead just two minutes later.

Alberto Botia won the knockdown from a free kick, teeing up his fellow defender Sapunaru to confidently sweep home with his right foot for his first goal in a season in which he has only played four matches.

Elche should have increased their advantage when Boakye's flick sent Fidel clear through the middle, and the midfielder dinked the ball over Levante keeper Keylor Navas, but wide of the post.

It proved to be a costly miss as Barral, an injury replacement for Baba Diawara, made an immediate impact, heading former Liverpool winger Nabil El Zhar's cross powerfully beyond visiting stopper Tono.

Both teams had chances to move in front, with Tono saving well from Nikos Karabelas while Boakye was even more wasteful for Elche, skewing an effort wide from four yards as the ball fizzed across the box.

Again, Fran Escriba's side were left to rue their wastefulness as Barral struck the winner with another header, Pedro this time the provider with a cross that the 30-year-old guided into the roof of the net.

Keylor Navas of Levante in action during the La Liga match between Levante UD and RCD Espanyol at Estadio Ciutat de Valencia on October 26, 2013
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