By JOSEPH WILSON
2012-11-19 01:51 AM
Obafemi Martins gave visiting Levante the lead in the 40th minute when he latched onto a long ball, dribbled past goalkeeper Daniel Aranzubia and rolled in his fifth goal in eight league appearances.
The contest appeared to have swung in Deportivo's favor when Pedro Lopez was sent off for his second booking for handling the ball in the area.
But Ivan "Riki" Sanchez missed the resulting 55th-minute penalty. Aranzubia was then red carded for fouling Martins in the 69th.
Having already made all three substitutions, Deportivo used midfielder Alejandro Bergantinos as stand-in goalkeeper, and Levante forward Jose Barkero sealed the win with a long strike in the 82nd.
"We are very happy," said Levante coach Juan Ignacio Martinez. "(But) we have to acknowledge what happened. Our rival had to substitute both center backs and then tried to go for the game by making a third change. The penalty could have made it 1-1 and the sending off of their `keeper conditioned the match."
Also on Sunday, Getafe scored twice in four second-half minutes to edge out Valladolid 2-1, while Mallorca broke a six-game losing streak by drawing 1-1 at Celta Vigo.
Oscar Gonzalez punched in a rebound for his sixth goal of the season to give Valladolid the lead at Getafe's Alfonso Perez stadium just before the halftime whistle.
But Getafe rallied after Valladolid's Omar Ramos hit the crossbar to earn its first win in three rounds.
Getafe defender Alexis Ruano first headed in Pedro Leon's corner kick at the far post in the 74th, and moments later substitute Angel Lafita cut between two defenders before curling in the winner from the left corner of the area.
In Vigo, forward Tomer Hemed scored his seventh league goal to give Mallorca the lead in the 22nd, before Park Chu-young met Iago Aspas' low cross to tap in the hosts' equalizer in the 56th.
Later, Sevilla hosts Real Betis in the always heated Seville-derby, and second-place Atletico Madrid visits Granada.
On Saturday, league leader Barcelona beat Real Zaragoza 3-1 to remain unbeaten and extend its club-record start, while Real Madrid routed Athletic Bilbao 5-1 to strengthen its hold on third place. Valencia downed Espanyol 2-1, and Malaga drew 0-0 at Osasuna.
Rayo Vallecano visits Real Sociedad on Monday to close round 12.