ALMERIA, Spain (AP) — Almeria earned promotion to Spain's first division after beating Girona 3-0 to win their playoff 4-0 on aggregate on Saturday.
Brazilian striker Charles, Almeria's goalscorer from its 1-0 victory in the first game, scored twice in the 53rd and 71st minutes after Aleix Vidal opened for the hosts in the 21st. Elche and Villarreal had already earned promotion after finishing the second division in first and second place, respectively.
The three ascending teams replace the relegated Real Zaragoza, Deportivo La Coruna, and Mallorca. Almeria was founded in 1989 and played in Spain's top division from 2007-2011.