Primera Division: Deportivo close to safety after beating Levante
Last Updated: 17/05/15 10:57pm
Deportivo La Coruna took a huge step towards survival by producing a resounding performance to beat Levante 2-0.
Defender Albert Lopo scored for the second game in a week to give the Galicians the lead on 20 minutes and then Juanfran wrapped up Deportivo's first victory in 15 matches with a late goal.
This well-earned victory took Deportivo two points clear of the relegation zone with just one game to play, although that match is a daunting away trip to newly crowned champions Barcelona.
Levante mathematically secured survival despite the defeat, as Almeria and Eibar both failed to win their matches.
Although they only managed three shots on target, two of which ended up in the net, this was a dominant performance from Deportivo, who were roared on by a packed home crowd taking advantage of the club's initiative to price tickets as low as 10 euros.
Lopo scored a vital injury-time leveller at Athletic Bilbao last week and was the hero again here, arriving at the far post to turn in Lucas Perez's free-kick and put Victor Sanchez del Amo's side in charge.
Perez could have scored a goal of his own in the second half as he attacked down the left wing before cutting inside, but his shot flew over the bar.
In the end the second goal was fittingly scored by Juanfran, Depor's outstanding performer.
The midfielder received the ball on the right hand side of the box and cut inside on to his left foot to curl the ball in off the far post, wrapping up a victory that edged the Galicians closer to survival.