Dos Santos boosts Mallorca hopes

Giovani Dos Santos gave Mallorca a life-line by scoring a

last-minute winner in a 1-0 win against Celta Vigo.

Mallorca striker Dos Santos hit the winner against fellow

relegation rivals Celta Vigo to claim three precious points.

A match of few clear cut chances looked to be heading for a draw

until Mallorca launched a flurry of attacks late on and the Mexico

international bundled the ball over the line after Celta goalkeeper

Javi Varas failed to hold onto a header by Tomer Hemed.

The result means the Islanders move off the bottom of the

Primera Division table, displacing Celta in 19th place and moving

three points clear of the Galicians, and now they are just one

point from safety.

The first half will not be remembered for being the most

exciting display of football this season.

Celta midfielder Alex Lopez was presented with the best chance

in the opening 45 minutes when he raced onto a header by Mario

Bermejo following a throw in and was through on goal, but he pulled

his shot just wide of the far post.

Mallorca, despite having more of the ball, only managed to hit

the target from two free-kicks, both taken in the space of two

minutes by Dos Santos, but both of which were fisted away by Celta

goalkeeper Javi Varas.

Celta made a better start to the second half and thought they

should have been awarded a penalty when Bermejo was brought down by

Pedro Geromel, but the referee waved play on.

Earlier, Jonathan Vila had headed a cross from Michael Krohn

Delhi over the bar.

Borja Oubina then tried a volley which went just over the bar,

and Mallorca goalkeeper Dudu Auoate later kept out a header by

Celta centre-back Andres Tunez.

At the other end, Varas produced an inspired save to deny

Alejandro Alfaro.

As the minutes ticked away the home crowd became restless and

Mallorca poured forward.

Substitute Michael Pereira had had a positive impact since

replacing Jose Luis Marti but he shot well wide of goal in the

final minutes, bringing an encouraging attacking move to a

disappointing end.

However, his side would produce one final attack, which was to

put to better use.

Tomas Pina got down the left wing and delivered a cross into the

box.

Hemed rose to head the ball down and Varas made the save, but

could only push the ball as far as Dos Santos, who nudged the ball

in from three yards out to send the home crowd wild.