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Jun 22, 2014

Cordoba promoted with last-gasp goal

GRAN CANARIA, Spain -- Cordoba earned promotion to Spain's first division for the first time since 1972 after scoring a last-gasp goal for a 1-1 draw at Las Palmas on Sunday following a premature pitch invasion by home fans.

With Las Palmas winning 1-0, and less than two minutes of stoppage time left, several dozen home fans invaded the pitch which forced the game to be delayed for around 10 minutes.

When play restarted, Cordoba made one last push that ended with Ulises Davila scrambling the ball into the net and sending his team into the top flight on away goals.

After the match, TV images showed clashes between Las Palmas fans with some blaming the result on those who had invaded the pitch. Police quickly escorted match officials from the pitch before a few fans threw chairs from the bleachers.

"It was a minority (of fans who invaded) but because of them Las Palmas lost something that it had in its grasp," Las Palmas club president Miguel Ramirez said.

Las Palmas took the lead in the 48th minute with a goal from Antonio "Apono" Galdeano and squandered several chances to seal the victory before Davila's equalizer.

Cordoba joins promoted Eibar and Deportivo La Coruna.

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