Late penalty gives Elche a 1-1 draw at Celta Vigo in the Spanish league


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    MADRID — Relegation-threatened Elche scored a penalty two minutes from time to secure a 1-1 draw away to Celta Vigo in the Spanish league on Monday.

    Midfielder Victor Rodriguez made the most of a brush against Celta Vigo left-winger Michael Krohn-Dehli to earn a spot kick that defender David Lomban converted in the 88th minute.

    "Their goal made things difficult for us, but luckily we got a penalty that earned us a very good draw," said Lomban.

    Krohn-Dehli had given Celta the lead in the 61st minute when he tapped-in Jonathan Castro's perfect cross after the defender had timed his run forward to beat the Elche defenders' offside trap.

    Celta stays eighth place on 32 points after 25 rounds while Elche is 17th on 24, two clear of the relegation zone.

    "We've lost two points where we should have harvested three," said Celta defender Gustavo Cabral. "For me, that wasn't a penalty but the referee judged it that way and gifted them a draw."

    Real Madrid leads the standings with 61 points, two ahead of Barcelona.

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