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2018/2019 Spanish Primera División
  • Cristhian Stuani (60')
  • José Luis Morales (62')
  • Enis Bardhi (86')

Girona on brink of relegation after home loss to Levante

Girona were left facing relegation from La Liga on Sunday after losing 2-1 in a dramatic encounter with fellow strugglers Levante, who sealed their survival thanks to a late winner from Enis Bardhi.

Girona went ahead on the hour mark when top scorer Cristhian Stuani calmly converted on the rebound but their lead lasted less than two minutes as the visitors roared back down the other end and talisman Jose Luis Morales equalised.

The Catalan side, part-owned by the City Football Group of Premier League champions Manchester City, thought they had been handed a lifeline when they were awarded a penalty and Levante defender Coke was shown a red card for a foul.

But the decision was overturned following a VAR review and Levante were given a free kick instead.

Girona were then dealt more pain when Levante's Macedonian striker Bardhi raced into the area on the counter-attack and smashed the ball into the net in the 86th minute.

The defeat left Girona 18th in the 20-team standings on 37 points with one game left, three behind Celta Vigo who are just outside outside the relegation zone.

As Celta and Girona have an equal head-to-head record, the final relegation spot will be determined by goal difference, with Girona six goals worse off than Celta.

Spanish Primera División Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Barcelona 38 +54 87
2 Atletico Madrid 38 +26 76
3 Real Madrid 38 +17 68
4 Valencia 38 +16 61
5 Getafe 38 +13 59
6 Sevilla FC 38 +15 59
7 Espanyol 38 -2 53
8 Athletic Bilbao 38 -4 53
9 Real Sociedad 38 -1 50
10 Real Betis 38 -8 50
11 Alavés 38 -11 50
12 Eibar 38 -4 47
13 Leganes 38 -6 45
14 Villarreal 38 -3 44
15 Levante 38 -7 44
16 Real Valladolid 38 -19 41
17 Celta Vigo 38 -9 41
18 Girona 38 -16 37
19 Huesca 38 -22 33
20 Rayo Vallecano 38 -29 32