Valencia twice got here from behind to beat rivals Levante 4-2 in an exciting metropolis derby on Sunday, brushing apart a chaotic summer time to make a profitable begin to the brand new La Liga season. Jose Luis Morales gave Levante the lead within the opening minute and restored their benefit within the 36th after Gabriel Paulista had levelled for Javi Gracia’s facet. However Maxi Gomez equalised earlier than halftime whereas Manu Vallejo put Valencia forward for the primary time within the 75th minute earlier than sealing the factors with a second strike in stoppage time, following up a shot that got here off the publish.
Valencia had a torrid finish to the final marketing campaign as they completed ninth within the standings after sacking two managers.
Issues obtained worse within the shut season as they parted with key gamers Francis Coquelin, Dani Parejo, Ezequiel Garay and Rodrigo Moreno, prompting demonstrations in opposition to Peter Lim’s possession from followers, who additionally protested outdoors the Mestalla stadium forward of the derby.
Additionally on Sunday, Unai Emery had a disappointing return to Spanish soccer as his Villarreal facet might solely draw 1-1 at house to promoted Huesca in an eventful sport which had three targets dominated out.
Elsewhere, Actual Betis beat Alaves 1-Zero whereas Actual Sociedad earned a 1-1 draw at Actual Valladolid.
Emery’s Villarreal had first-half strikes from Paco Alcacer and Raul Albiol chalked off earlier than Pablo Maffeo, making his Huesca debut, gave the guests the lead within the 42nd minute in opposition to the run of play.
Maffeo then gave away a penalty for handball from which Villarreal’s Gerard Moreno levelled within the 68th, whereas new signing Coquelin, making his debut since signing from Valencia, was carried off on a stretcher with ten minutes remaining.
Huesca might have gained the match in a frantic six minutes of stoppage time, as Joaquin was denied by Villarreal goalkeeper Sergio Asenjo earlier than crew mate Jorge Pulido put the ball within the internet for the guests however the strike was dominated out for offside.
Betis beat Alaves courtesy of a stoppage time objective from Cristian Tello, giving coach Manuel Pellegrini a profitable begin in his first sport in control of the Seville membership.
Valladolid went forward in opposition to Sociedad within the 39th minute within the day’s different sport when Michel tapped into the web following positive work by Sergi Guardiola down the wing.
However they misplaced their lead because of a second of insanity from keeper Masip, who let a tame free kick from Roberto Lopez slip via his palms and over the road on the hour mark.