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A contentious promotion in Spanish soccer

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GRAN CANARIA, Spain (AP) -- Cordoba has been promoted to Spain's first division for the first time since 1972 - thanks to a premature surge onto the field by Las Palmas fans and a last-gasp goal for a 1-1 draw.

Las Palmas was winning 1-0 with less than two minutes of stoppage time left Sunday. Several dozen home fans then took to the field, forcing a 10-minute delay. Cordoba made one last push that ended with a goal by Ulises Davila.

After the match, TV images showed Las Palmas fans fighting, with some blaming the result on those who ran on the field. Police escorted match officials off the field before a few fans threw chairs from the bleachers.

Cordoba advanced to the top tier with Eibar and Deportivo La Coruna.

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