IN CONTROL: Daní Rodriguez. Credit: La Liga
MALLORCA are back in the big time after a stunning comeback in the second leg of their play-off final saw them overcome Deportivo la Coruña.
They will be back in La Liga facing the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid for the first time in six years after they overturned a two-goal deficit from the first leg.
Ante Budimir, Salva Sevilla and Abdon Prats scored during a 3-0 win in the second leg held at their home Iberostar Stadium, leading to a 3-2 success on aggregate.
The result means that they join Osasuna and Granada as the teams promoted this year.
The result on Sunday led to scenes of celebrations, with thousands of fans flooding on to the pitch to salute their team at the final whistle.
There were noisy scenes in Palma through the night as the celebrations continued.
French Open champion and Mallorca native Rafa Nadal was in the stands to back his local team
He posted a picture of the fans’ celebrations on Instagram sating: “No words, incredible emotions.”
Mallorca had finished the La Liga 2 season in fifth place but overcame fourth placed Albacete in the play-off semi-final.
Third positioned Malaga where beaten by Deportivo who had finished sixth. In last Thursday’s first leg Deportivo had won 2-0 after Mallorca’s Marc Pedraza was shown a red card in the first half.