Levante's lofty position at the top of the Spanish La Liga is for the first time in its 104 year history [Reuters]
Ruben Suarez scored a stoppage time goal to give Levante a 3-2 win over Real Sociedad to extend their stay at the top of the Spanish La Liga.
Suarez rifled home a long free kick in the fourth minute of added time to ensure a seventh straight victory for the early-season upstarts, who stay one point above Real Madrid and two ahead of defending champions Barcelona.
"It was the best moment to really go for it, so I hit it with everything I had," said Suarez about the winning goal.
Levante started slowly on Wednesday, allowing Sociedad to create several chances in the opening stages.
Levante goalkeeper Gustavo Munua was forced out to clear a long pass but he sent the ball straight onto the foot of Daniel Estrada, who volleyed into the right side of the empty net from the edge of the area just four minutes in.
It was the first goal Levante has conceded in four games, and Sociedad midfielder Alberto de la Bella hit the crossbar with a powerful left shot moments later.
While the hosts eventually settled, Sociedad nearly closed the half with another goal as Inigo Martinez headed off the crossbar in injury time.
Levante drew even in the 56th minute when Nano Rivas' cross took a deflection off a defender and looped over the head of diving goalkeeper Claudio Bravo.
Bolstered by the goal, Levante took control when Valdo Lopes charged forward on the break to meet Jose Barkero's 61st-minute cross at the far post and head it into the left corner to make it 2-1.
Sociedad appeared set to take home a point after Martinez volleyed in a clearance from outside the area with just four minutes to play, but Suarez stepped up and struck a perfect free kick beyond Bravo on the final whistle.
Madrid home win
Second placed Real Madrid's Karim Benzema, Kaka and Angel Di Maria scored first-half goals at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium as Madrid eased past a Villarreal team clearly struggling with confidence having earned just one victory in all competitions this season.
|Jose Mourinho's Real Madrid remain
second in the La Liga [Reuters]
Villarreal's slump in past games showed no signs of breaking as Madrid took the lead after just five minutes.
Di Maria found Benzema with a through ball, and the French striker chested the ball into the area before tapping it over
the Villarreal goalkeeper Diego Lopez.
Di Maria was the provider again in the 11th minute as the Argentinian forward scooped a short pass to Kaka who curled a shot beyond Lopez and inside the near post.
Di Maria then scored himself on the half hour mark after Benzema's through ball was picked up by the Argentinian
with a low shot that brought coach Jose Mourinho charging out of the dugout in celebration.
Madrid has now won seven straight games in all competitions, meanwhile Villarreal dropped to 18th in the table.