Mallorca revival sinks Levante
Substitute Pierre Webo headed home a late winner to earn Real Mallorca a comeback win over Levante at the Estadi Iberostar.
Promoted Levante took a 26th-minute lead through in-form forward Christian Stuani, but Mallorca hit back in the second half to take the spoils, Michael Pereira equalising in the 64th minute before Webo struck the winner five minutes from time. The victory lifts Michael Laudrup's side up to 7th place in the standings while Levante remain in the bottom four after slipping to their fifth defeat of the campaign.
The Valencia-based outfit lost their opening three matches after winning promotion, conceding 10 goals in the process, but they looked to be on the up after being defeated just once in six league and cup games since, winning three. Another good result was on the cards tonight as Levante took the lead through summer signing Stuani.
The Uruguayan has not played much this season due to lack of fitness and injury, but he came into the match with three goals in his last two games and added another tonight when he rose unchallenged in the middle to head home Javi Venta's right-wing cross. That was the only goal of the first half, although Mallorca will feel disappointed to have been trailing after hitting the crossbar early on through Jonathan De Guzman as well as seeing visiting goalkeeper Manuel Reina deny Pereira and Emilio Nsue.
Both sides missed decent headed opportunities at the start of the second half, Victor Casadesus for Mallorca and Rafa Jorda for Levante, before the home side drew level just after the hour-mark.
Nsue did well to guide a header into the path of Pereira and the Frenchman showed good speed to beat his marker to the ball and stab his shot beyond Reina. Mallorca looked the more likely scorers in the remainder of the match but Victor headed another good opening wide as time began to run out on the hosts. But, as the rain started to come down heavily, Mallorca managed to find a winner.
De Guzman swung over a corner from the right and Webo, who replaced Fernando Cavenaghi in the 56th minute, arrived at the near post just ahead of a Levante defender and the outcoming Reina to power in a header.