After spending 5 years in the Spanish Segunda division Elche has finally returned to the Spanish La Liga, OJB Sport reports.
After more than 180 minutes of football, both Girona and Elche still find it difficult to breakdown each other in the double confrontation in the final of the play-offs for promotion.
The match seemed to go towards an extension in Catalonia, but then in minute 96 there was suddenly Pere Milla, the 27-year-old winger, who came in for striker Jonathas shortly after the break, hit the head in the sixth of eight minutes of injury time.
In the last two minutes, there were no more goals, which means that Elche is promoted and Girona will also be active at the second level in Spain next season.
Elche Club de Fútbol finished 13th in La Liga in the 2014/2015 season, but relegated because it was put back due to serious financial problems.
The Rotterdam wing attacker Garry Mendes Rodrigues also played for Elche during the season in La Liga.
Two years after the forced relegation to the Segunda, Elche even relegated to the third level in Spain, but now a second promotion in three seasons follows.
Elche finished sixth in the Segunda this season and settled with Real Zaragoza in the semi-final, Girona won in the other semi-final against UD Almería.
The play-offs in Spain only started late after there were many corona infections at CF Fuenlabrada, which could only come into action much later in the last round of play against the relegated Deportivo La Coruña due to a large number of corona infections.
SD Huesca and Cádiz CF previously promoted directly to La Liga. RCD Espanyol, Real Mallorca and CD Leganés were relegated to the second level in Spain.
The new season in Spain will already start on Saturday, September 12. Elche will only start in the third round, just like FC Barcelona and Europa League winner Sevilla due to the European duels of recent weeks.