The Vélez fans during the Copa del Rey game. / Juan R. Padilla.

Vélez unlucky not to finish the job against Las Palmas

The Canary Island team scored the winning goal in the final stretch to knock the fourth division side out of the Copa del Rey

JUAN RAMÓN PADILLA

Vélez CF, the fourth division side from Vélez-Málaga, were very close to causing a Copa del Rey upset on Thursday afternoon, narrowly losing 3-2 to second division promotion candidates Las Palmas, who clinched the win in the last ten minutes.

Vélez started off very strongly, no doubt fuelled by the occasion and the packed stands in the local Villar Téllez stadium in the Axarquía town. The hosts were in the lead on two occasions, opening the scoring in the 10th minute and then, after having conceded the equaliser in the 27th, made it 2-1 before Las Palmas drew level just before the break.

The Canarians then came out in the second half as the better side and Vélez seemed to have been hard-hit by their visitors' second equaliser. Las Palmas still struggled to get the winning goal, but managed to do so with barely ten minutes left to play.

Luck was not on the hosts' side on this occasion, and Vélez's short cup run was brought to a swift end, although the Axarquía fans still celebrated as if it were a win.