Late Rodriguez screamer gives Leganes point at Mallorca


MADRID (Reuters) - La Liga basement side Leganes snatched a 1-1 draw at fellow strugglers Real Mallorca thanks to a sensational late free kick from Oscar Rodriguez as they earned their first point since the season returned after the hiatus forced by the new coronavirus.

Veteran midfielder Salva Sevilla, 36, put Mallorca in front after nine minutes with a free kick which he slid under the wall and past flummoxed goalkeeper Ivan Cuellar.

Leganes forward Rodriguez responded with an even better free kick in the 87th minute, walloping the ball high into the net from far outside the area.

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The draw put Leganes on 24 points, level with 19th-placed Espanyol who have a game in hand.

Mallorca stayed 18th on 26, a point behind 17th-placed Celta Vigo, missing the chance to climb out of the relegation zone.

Elsewhere, Villarreal pulled off a third win in a row since the campaign resumed by winning 1-0 at Granada, continuing to stake their claim for a top-four finish.

Gerard Moreno decided the game with a goal in the 11th minute, narrowly beating the offside trap to latch on to a long ball before arrowing a shot into the far corner to score for the 12th time in the league this season.

The victory took Villarreal into seventh spot on 47 points, level with sixth-placed Real Sociedad and Getafe who are fifth and two behind fourth-placed Atletico Madrid, although all three sides have a game in hand.

(Reporting by Richard Martin; Editing by Ken Ferris)

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