Celta’s Bermejo strikes late to net crucial three points

Reuters, MADRID

Wed, Apr 24, 2013 - Page 18

Mario Bermejo struck in the second minute of stoppage-time to snatch a 2-1 comeback win for RC Celta de Vigo at home to fellow La Liga strugglers Real Zaragoza on Monday that lifted the Galician club off the bottom of the table.

The last-gasp victory, which prompted wild celebrations at the Balaidos, sowing disbelief among the stunned Zaragoza players and coaching staff, left both sides still mired in the relegation places.

Both have 27 points with six games left, one less than 18th-placed RCD Mallorca, with Celta in 19th and Zaragoza in 20th and last place due to an inferior head-to-head record.

Cristian Sapunaru nodded Zaragoza ahead in the 26th minute, before Alex Lopez steered a header into the net off the underside of the crossbar eight minutes before the break.

Celta were on top in the frantic final stages and Bermejo clipped a Fabian Orellana cross into the net in the 92nd minute to secure what may prove a crucial three points.

“It was a very important goal in terms of our fight to stay in the first division,” Bermejo said in an interview with Spanish television broadcaster Cuatro. “We got into difficulties early on in the match and the fact we managed to battle back is crucial.”