EFEValencia, Spain

Fighting to avoid relegation, Levante pulled out a 2-2 draw here Friday against a more talented Espanyol side that didn't do enough to win.

The home team displayed more spark on offense in the opening minutes of the match at Ciutat de Valencia stadium, but it was Espanyol who struck first.

Lucas Vazquez scored for the visitors in the 18th minute, pouncing on a loose ball after Levante goalkeeper Diego Mariño stopped Victor Sanchez's shot.

But Espanyol barely had time to savor the goal, as Simao Mate equalized for Levante just three minutes later, heading in a corner from Nabil El Zhar.

The goal lifted Levante for a few minutes, yet the match soon degenerated into an unattractive display of errant passes and squandered opportunities for both sides.

Just when it seemed the first half would end with the score knotted 1-1, Felipe Caicedo, a former Levante player, struck from close range in the 45th minute to give Espanyol a 2-1 lead.

Levante, playing with more enthusiasm, took the initiative in the early stages of the second half, while Espanyol seemed content to wait for the opportunity of mounting a counterattack to seal the victory.

With two minutes left in regulation, Victor Casadesus scored to bring Levante level and assure his team of a point that could turn out to be vital in keeping the club in the first division.

The result vaulted Levante from 18th to 16th place and left Espanyol in 8th place, though the standings are subject to change pending the outcome of the rest of this weekend's matches.