Celta Vigo earns 1-1 draw vs Athletic with last-gasp goal by Mendez

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Bilbao (Spain), April 1 (IANS) Celta Vigo’s Brais Mendez scored a last-gasp goal to draw 1-1 against host Athletic Bilbao in the 30th round of La Liga, keeping their Europa League dream alive.

Athletic’s Unai Nunez found the back of the net in the 55th minute on Saturday, seizing on a ricochet off the woodwork after a header by teammate Raul Garcia, reports Efe.

Athletic lacked a bit of luck – and constancy in the final stretch – against Celta as they squandered many chances, in addition to referee Del Cerro Grande denying Athletic’s claims for three penalties.

The home side’s first claim was after Gustavo Cabral touched the ball with his hand, then when Lucas Poye downed Iñaki Williams, who was later denied a second penalty request.

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One minute into the second-half stoppage time, Mendez drew level for Celta on a close-range shot off a cross by Hugo Mallo.

The draw keeps Celta in the fight for a berth in the European championships next season, as they hold the ninth spot with 45 points, five points behind Sevilla, sixth-placed in the La Liga table.

–IANS

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