BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — An intended cross that ended up going straight into the goal earned Espanyol a 1-1 draw at Mallorca, which saw player and coach Javier Aguirre sent off with red cards in the dying moments on Friday. and
Vedat Meriki scored his team’s sixth goal in 12 rounds of the Spanish league to give Mallorca the lead in the 48th minute. The Kosovo striker pounced on a pass from Giovani Gonzalez after he latched onto a long ball behind the defence.
Mallorca pressed for a second goal when Espanyol substitute Jose Lazo equalized in fluke fashion in the 70th. The defender’s cross from the left was deflected by goalkeeper Predrag Rajkovic and landed inside the far post.
“I had a little bit of luck,” Lazo said. “But in the end you have to put the ball in the box and see if you’re lucky. I’m happy for the goal and happy for the goal.
Both defenders Pablo Maffeo and Aguirre were shown red cards in the final minutes. Maffeo was apparently punished for protesting what he considered a penalty against the Mallorca player.
Aguirre said he believed he was sent because he had gone outside the boundaries of the coaching area.
“I didn’t say anything (to the referee) and I was calm,” the Mexican coach said. “I was surprised (by the sending off) but I didn’t know that I was outside the training area and that can be punished with a yellow or red card, and he chose red.”
Mallorca remain in 12th place and Espanyol are two points behind in 13th.