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Tiny Levante take pole spot in La Liga

Unheralded Levante took outright possession of La Liga leadership for the first time in their 102-year history on Sunday with a 3-0 win at Villarreal.

sports Updated: Oct 25, 2011 00:21 IST

Unheralded Levante took outright possession of La Liga leadership for the first time in their 102-year history on Sunday with a 3-0 win at Villarreal.

Levante, who just avoided relegation last season, are in the unlikely position of looking down on Real Madrid and Barcelona with 20 points thanks to a six-match winning streak which began with a win over Real.

Bubbling with confidence, they went ahead through Juanlu Gomez after 16 minutes against Villarreal, who looked weary after their mid-week clash at Manchester City in the Champions League.

The pace of the Levante forward line was causing plenty of problems and Juanlu got his second before the break.

Arouna Kone then blasted home shortly before the hour mark to ensure the three points for Levante who survive on a modest 12 million-euro (R83 crore) budget (the smallest in the Spanish top-flight).

"We are going through a special moment. I am happy but I have my feet on the ground. More than anything it is good to see the people of Levante so happy because they deserve it," said Levante coach Juan Ignacio Martinez. "While it is great to be the leader for a team like Levante, we know that this match was just a further step forward and that we need to keep working."

Liverpool held at home by Norwich
London: Liverpool lost ground in the race for a top-four Premier League finish after being held to a 1-1 draw by promoted Norwich at Anfield.

The Merseysiders looked to be on course for a victory after a one-sided first half which saw them hit the woodwork twice before a Craig Bellamy goal on half-time put them 1-0 up. But a goal on the counter-attack from Grant Holt in the 60th minute stunned the Reds.

Villas-boas may have incurred FA wrath
London: Andre Villas-Boas risks an FA charge after he delivered a fiercely critical assessment of referee Chris Foy's performance during Chelsea's 1-0 defeat at QPR. The match official dismissed Jose Bosingwa and Didier Drogba for first half fouls.

Villas-Boas revealed he confronted Foy after the game and his claim that the officials failed to cope with the pressure of the west London derby is unlikely to be well-received. In addition to the two red cards, seven Chelsea players were booked, triggering an automatic fine.

"Conspiracy theories can lead to bans and lead to you calling us cry babies but hopefully, referee decisions will start going our way."

Terry denies racial slur in Derby match
Chelsea captain John Terry denied making a racist slur against defender Anton Ferdinand during the 1-0 defeat at Queens Park Rangers in the Premier League on Sunday.

The 30-year-old England skipper issued a statement after video footage was posted on the Internet. "I'm disappointed people have leapt to the wrong conclusions about the context of what I was seen to be saying to Anton Ferdinand," he said.

First Published: Oct 25, 2011 00:19 IST