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Aug 23, 2015 at 9pm UK at ​Estadi Ciutat de Valencia
Levante
1-2
Celta Vigo
Verza (55')
Simao (5')
FT(HT: 0-1)
Orellana (41'), Lopez (77' og.)

Result: Celta Vigo beat 10-man Levante

Celta Vigo secure a 2-1 win over Levante after the home side have defender Simao sent off inside the opening five minutes.

Celta Vigo have opened the new La Liga season with a victory, beating 10-man Levante 2-1 at Ciutat de Valencia this evening.

The home side were dealt a blow less than five minutes into the tie as Simao was sent off for a stamp on Iago Aspas, leaving his teammates to play the majority of the match reduced to 10 men.

His dismissal allowed Celta to dominate the possession in the opening 20 minutes, but chances were few and far between, with the first opportunity falling to Aspas when Nolito played the ball in to him, but he was dispossessed before he could get the shot away.

Against the run of play, Levante had the ball in the back of the net with just over half an hour played, with Deyverson bundling the ball over the line from a corner, but the referee thought that there was a foul on goalkeeper Ruben Blanco, forcing him to rule the goal out.

The visitors broke the deadlock shortly before the break after Jonny made a quick charge for the left before cutting the ball back for Fabian Orellana, leaving him to slot into the bottom corner.

The striker could have added a second on the stroke of half time as he broke free down the right, passing to Nolito before taking the ball back, but Juanfran was in the right spot to block the shot.

Levante goalkeeper Ruben was under pressure again at the start of the second half as Nolito launched a powerful shot from the edge of the box, which the keeper parried, before tipping Orellana's rebound behind.

Having survived the early pressure from Celta, the hosts started to see more of the ball, and got back on level terms after Deyverson was brought down just outside the box, leaving Verza to curl the ball into the top corner.

The visitors looked for a quick response as they tried to regain the lead, but Daniel Wass fired wide, before Orellana saw his low drive deflected wide.

Celta's persistence paid off inside the final 15 minutes as Ivan Lopez failed to clear a cross from Wass, allowing Aspas to get a shot away, before the defender turned it into his own net while attempting a clearance.

The visitors could have added a third late on as John Guidetti came off the bench, attempting to head in from a corner, but the Swedish striker could not reach it in time.

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General view of Levante UD Stadium Ciutat de Valencia before the La Liga match between Levante UD and Sevilla FC at Ciutat de Valencia Stadium on August 25, 2013
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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Barcelona1594241192231
2Sevilla1584327161128
3Atletico MadridAtletico1577121101128
4Real Madrid158252319426
5AlavesAlaves157351817124
6Levante156452725222
7Real Betis156451617-122
8Getafe155641612421
9GironaGirona155641717021
10Espanyol156361720-321
11Celta Vigo155552824420
12Real Valladolid155551315-220
13Real Sociedad155461818019
14EibarEibar155461923-419
15Valencia153931212018
16Leganes154561519-417
17Villarreal153571519-414
18Athletic Bilbao152851523-814
19Rayo Vallecano152491530-1510
20Huesca1514101230-187

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