Posted: Sunday December 9, 2012 12:56 PM

Levante thrashes Mallorca 4-0 in Spanish league

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BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -Striker Obafemi Martins scored once and set up two goals to lead Levante to a 4-0 win over visiting Mallorca in the Spanish league on Sunday.

The Nigeria international opened the scoring two minutes before halftime when he latched on to Nabil El Zhar's long pass over the defense and poked it under goalkeeper Duda Aouate.

Martins then combined twice with Ruben Garcia on the break for Garcia to double the lead in the 48th. David Navarro headed in Levante's third goal in the 55th.

Martins helped cap the win three minutes later when he stole the ball inside Mallorca's area and passed for Navarro to set up Vicente Iborra's goal.

Levante's victory lifted it into sixth place.

Mallorca is in danger of falling into the relegation zone after its 10th game without a victory.

Also, Aritz Aduriz's 33rd-minute header gave Athletic Bilbao a 1-0 home win over Celta Vigo as the Basques kept their first clean sheet in seven rounds.

The victory left Bilbao in 13th place, six points above the drop zone. It was Celta's first loss in four rounds.

League leader Barcelona visits Real Betis later Sunday, after second-place Atletico Madrid hosts Deportivo La Coruna.

On Saturday, it was: Valladolid 2, Real Madrid 3; Malaga 4, Granada 0; Real Sociedad 1, Getafe 1; and Osasuna 0, Valencia 1.

Sevilla drew 2-2 at Espanyol on Friday. Rayo Vallecano hosts Real Zaragoza on Monday.

 
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