Mallorca 3-0 Deportivo (3-2 agg): Thousands of fans invade the pitch as islanders earn promotion to La Liga in dramatic comeback victory while Rafael Nadal watches from the stands
- Mallorca staged a stunning second leg comeback to earn promotion to La Liga
- They’ve ended their six-year absence from the top flight with a 3-2 agg win
- Rafael Nadal was in attendance as thousands of fans invaded the pitch
Mallorca ended their six-year absence from La Liga by overturning a 2-0 first-leg deficit to beat Deportivo La Coruna in the Segunda Division play-off final.
Goals from Ante Budimir, Salva Sevilla and Abdon Prats secured a 3-0 second-leg victory at Iberostar Stadium and a 3-2 success on aggregate.
Mallorca, who were relegated in 2013, join Osasuna and Granada in earning promotion to Spain’s top tier.
Martin Valjent of Mallorca wildly celebrates with his team-mates as they secure promotion
Deportivo players react in devastation as they realise they won’t be promoted this season
Depor had ended a point and a place behind their opponents in sixth during the regular La Liga 2 campaign and will remain in the division for a second season.
At full time, thousands of fans flooded the pitch to start off the celebrations, which will no doubt go on well into the night and the following morning.
Tennis ace Rafael Nadal, who is from Mallorca, posted a picture of the amazing crowd scenes on Instagram.
‘No words, incredible emotions,’ he said in the caption. The French Open champion was in attendance at Son Moix to witness the victory.
Mallorca local Rafael Nadal was in attendance to watch his side secure La Liga promotion
The French Open champion posted a picture of his view from the stand as fans celebrated
Mallorca’s fans go wild in the stands as their side stage an unlikely comeback on Sunday
Mallorca ended up in fifth in La Liga 2 last season, with 19 wins from 42 matches.
They overcame Albacete in the play-off semi-final, but had a nightmare time in the first leg of the final against Deportivo.
Marc Pedraza got a first half red card and Deportivo went on to win the game 2-0.
However, Mallorca rectified their mistakes in the all-important second leg, scoring three on their way to a stunning win.