Celta Vigo 1 : 1 Elche - Elche snatch late draw at Celta

Posted Tuesday, March 03, 2015 by PA

A late penalty from David Lomban earned Elche a 1-1 draw at Celta Vigo and a vital point in their battle to stay in the Primera Division.

Celta were the better side and deservedly took the lead through Michael Krohn-Dehli just after the hour.

But the Dane was also involved in the equaliser as he brought down Victor Rodriguez with just two minutes to go to allow Lomban to slot home from 12 yards.

The point moved Elche two points clear of the drop zone while Celta are safely nestled in mid-table.

The home side made the better start with Fabian Orellana looking lively and his cross was headed wide by Charles in the opening stages.

The Chilean was causing Elche all kinds of problems and moments later he had a shot himself but Przemyslaw Tyton was equal to his effort from the edge of the box.

Damian Suarez fired a free-kick over the bar for the visitors but that was their only chance of note as Celta continued to press.

Krohn-Dehli had a chance as the half-hour mark approached after being set free by Nolito but Tyton was quick off his line and saw the threat away.

Adrian Gonzalez glanced a speculative effort wide for Elche but they came closest to breaking the deadlock just before the interval when Faycal Fajr fired just wide.

It seemed like the type of game that would need something brilliant to bring it to life and Charles nearly produced it just after the break with an overhead kick but Tyton was on hand to save.

Aaron then fired wide at the other end after being set up by Coro before Nolito and Krohn-Dehli combined again with Tyton again making the save.

Celta had been marginally the better side and they took the lead just after the hour as Jonny picked out Krohn-Dehli and the 31-year-old supplied a cool low finish.

Orellana's cross provided Nolito with the chance to double the lead but he headed wide before Tyton had to save Nemanja Radoja's low effort.

With just two minutes to play, Krohn-Dehli went from hero to villain as his challenge on Victor Rodriguez handed Elche a penalty.

Lomban beat Sergio Alvarez low to his left to seal a point for the visitors but there was still time for Nolito to go agonisingly close to to turning the ball in at the other end.

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