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
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
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
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.