Extraordinary comeback seals Mallorca's La Liga return

With tennis icon Rafael Nadal looking on, Mallorca served up a remarkable comeback against Deportivo La Coruna to seal a return to La Liga.

Real Mallorca will return to La Liga, Spain's premier division football, after a six-season absence.   -  Twitter: @LaLiga

Mallorca completed an incredible comeback to secure back-to-back promotions and a place in next season's La Liga with a 3-2 aggregate win over Deportivo La Coruna.

Promoted to the Segunda Division last season following a fall from grace, Mallorca overturned a two-goal deficit from the first leg of the play-off to clinch promotion back to the top flight with a 3-0 win on Sunday.

 

Ante Budimir's neat finish got things started in the 21st minute and, spurred on by a raucous home crowd at Son Moix – with tennis great and Mallorca native Rafael Nadal in attendance – Vicente Moreno's side did not look back.

Despite dominating, it took Mallorca until the 62nd minute to level the tie, but it did so in style when experienced playmaker Salva Sevilla curled in a wonderful free-kick.

Deportivo was unable to cope with the onslaught, and Mallorca had its winner when substitute Abdon Prats hammered home from the edge of the box at the culmination of an excellent run.

Pablo Mari could have broken Mallorca's hearts in the closing minute, only to head wide from six yards out as Los Bermellones held on to ensure its six-season absence from LaLiga will come to an end.