Levante debuted in this preseason with a brilliant 3-1 victory over French Stade Rennais, a result that was cemented in a great first half, in which to a great defensive security added a very high effectiveness in attack.
Paco López lined up an eleven that could perfectly be the one he presents at the start of LaLiga, with Roberto Soldado, his most famous signing of this summer, and for whom two minutes were enough to inaugurate his scoring account in his new journey as a player Levantine.
The veteran Valencian striker put his team ahead with a great deal of fortune, as, trying to get out of the way of Morales’ shot, he deflected the ball to goal.
The French team took control of the game, imposing its physical power, but it did not create excessive danger, since it ran into a very firm Levante in defense and that it punished the counter in the equator of the first half with a great action by Jorge de Frutos who imposed his speed to subtly beat the goalkeeper Gomis with the toe.
After the goal, Paco López took advantage of the refreshment break to make three changes, including the departure of Soldado from the field of play, very active in his minutes of play, and the entry of international José Campaña, who was weighed down by injuries last season.
The French team faded after the second goal and Levante hit again after a great ball from De Frutos to Morales that, after cutting his defender in the area, scored a great goal for the house, raising the third to the scoreboard when barely 30 minutes of play had elapsed.
Paco López took advantage of the passage through the changing rooms to introduce eight new players. The young Cantero was about to score the fourth as soon as the second act started, but it was the Stade de Rennais, which practically maintained its starting eleven, which took the game and managed to cut differences with a great goal from Tait with half hour ahead.
French coach Bruno Genesio gave in to the desired Eduardo Camavinga, one of the players most followed by the great clubs in Europe, but the young French international barely showed his quality in the minutes of play that he had in a match that Levante knew control in its final stretch to ensure victory.
Raise: Aitor Fernández, Miramón, Vezo, Postigo, Clerc; Malsa, Melero, De Frutos, Morales; Roger and Soldier. They also played: Bardhi, Son, Campaña, Coke, Cárdenas, Rober Pier, Jose Manuel, Radoja, Brugui, Cantero, Dani Gómez, Blesa, Fermi, Pablo Martínez and Pepelu.
Stade Rennais: Gomis, Traoré, Badé, Aguerd, Meling; Diouf, Ugochukwu, Tait; Sulemana, Guirassy and Bourigeaud. Del Castillo, Terrier, Camavinga, Omari, Abline, Maouassa, Assignon, Tel and Tchaouna also played.
Goals: 1-0, m.2: Soldier. 2-0, m.25: Of Fruits. 3-0, m.33: Morales. 3-1, m.57: Tait.
Referee: Salvador Abril Portillo (C. Murciano). He admonished Malsa and Roger for Levante and Camavinga for Stade.
Incidents: Levante’s first preseason game played at the Pinatar Arena (Murcia).
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