In a generally balanced first period, Levante striker José-Luis Morales put on the show. Author of a solo goal from the first minute of play (0-1, 1st), he then distinguished himself with an overpowering strike (36th, 1-2).
Very realistic, the Valencians managed to come back twice thanks to Paul (12th) and Maxi Gomez (39e).
After Morales, it is Manuel Vallejo who scored twice in the second half. The replacement Spanish striker first allowed his people to pass in front (75th, 3-2) before driving the point home late in the game (94th, 4-2).
This is a successful first for Javi Gracia, who arrived this season on the bench of Valencia.
Also for its premiere, on the bench at Villareal, Unai Emery couldn’t have done better than a draw against Huesca (1-1). Led on their lawn by the promoted shortly before half-time (Maffeo, 42nd), the locals managed to come back from the penalty spot (Moreno, 68th).
In the rest of the matches of the day, the Bétis won away and on the wire against Alavès (1-0). Real Sociedad meanwhile conceded a draw in Valladolid (1-1).