MADRID (AP) — Alaves defeated Levante 2-0 in the Spanish league on Monday to end a four-match winless streak and move closer to qualififying for European competitions.
The win moved Alaves to sixth place, enough for a Europa League berth next season. It is two points off fourth-placed Sevilla, the last team in the Champions League spots.
Alaves had lost three in a row, being outscored 8-0.
Victor Laguardia scored in the first half and Jony in stoppage time at Mendizorroza Stadium.
“We are in good position in the standings, but it would be a mistake to talk about any goal other than escaping relegation right now,” Laguardia said.
Levante, which won only one of its last nine league matches, dropped to 14th…