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eville's Valencia slump to another
07 Feb 2016 22:10
Gary Neville's future as Valencia manager hung in the balance after his side suffered another disappointing result with a 1-0 loss at Real Betis.
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The former Manchester United defender's struggles commanded plenty of attention in Spain on a day when Barcelona and Real Madrid also won in La Liga.
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Neville is yet to taste victory in nine league matches, with his side's latest reverse being their fourth defeat in those matches since he took charge.
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Ruben Castro scored the only goal at Estadio Benito Villamarin, with Valencia's woes compounded by the late sending off of Jose Luis Gaya and the ruling out of a headed injury-time equaliser from Shkrodan Mustafi.
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The result left Valencia - thrashed 7-0 by Barcelona in the Copa del Rey in midweek - just four points above the Primera Division relegation zone.
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Leaders Barcelona extended their unbeaten run to 28 games - equalling a club record - and moved three points clear at the top with a laboured 2-0 win over bottom side Levante.
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Barca's opener came when David Navarro turned into his own net after 21 minutes and it was not until Luis Suarez struck in injury time that victory was certain.
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Levante made life tough and went close on a number of occasions, notably when Jose Luis Morales hit the woodwork.
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Third-placed Real Madrid were also made to work hard at struggling Granada before finally claiming a 2-1 win with a stunning late goal from Luka Modric.
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Modric struck from outside the box five minutes from time to settle Madrid nerves after substitute Youssef El-Arabi had pulled Granada level on the hour.
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El-Arabi had been on the field just two minutes when he cancelled out Karim Benzema's 30th-minute opener.
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Federico Fazio - sent off on his first Premier League appearance for Tottenham last season - received another debut red card for Sevilla in their 1-1 draw at Celta Vigo.
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The defender, who rejoined the club on loan from Spurs earlier in the week, was dismissed for two bookable offences inside the opening 24 minutes.
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Sevilla, who thrashed the same opponents 4-0 in the first leg of their Copa del Rey semi-final, responded well to score through Daniel Carrico, but Claudio Beauvue claimed a deserved point for the hosts.
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