Las Palmas 2-0 Real Zaragoza (3-3): Araujo’s late goal sends the Canary Islanders up

first_img Sport EN 21/06/2015 Upd. at 21:47 Las Palmas overcame a first leg deficit to beat Real Zaragoza on Sunday and secure their place among Spain’s elite for next season.  It ends a 13-year wait for Las Palmas to return to La Liga, but leaves Zaragoza facing another season in La Segunda after their relegation from the top flight in 2013.  However, the home side were able to make a fast start here. Flying out of the blocks, they pinned Zaragoza back early on and took a deserved lead in the 33rd minute when Mesa rifled home from just inside the area.  It was a much needed goal, breathing life into a game Zaragoza were desperately trying to suck it out of.  Time then ticked on, though, and it began to look like Las Palmas may once again be left on their own pitch while another team celebrated promotion to the top flight.  Las Palmas, meanwhile, were still carrying memories of last season’s painful playoff final defeat against Cordoba.  CEST Zaragoza had come into the match with a 3-1 lead, although they knew all too well that they had to be careful. In the semi-final they themselves had reversed a 3-0 defeat to sensationally knock out Girona.  Roque Mesa and Sergio Araujo, who was previously on loan at Barça B, scored the goals at the Canary Islanders won 2-0, gaining promotion on away goals following a 3-3 draw over the two legs.  Twenty minutes were left; then 10 miniutes; then six; and then the goal. The goal that all of Gran Canaria had been waiting for, Araujo arriving at the far post to poke the ball into the roof of the net and get the party started.last_img

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