Lowly Celta held at Elche in La Liga

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Celta Vigo's struggles in Spain's La Liga have continued after they could only manage a 1-1 draw at mid-table Elche.

Fidel Chaves put Elche ahead in the fourth minute from the penalty spot after Celta defender Hugo Mallo handled the ball in the area.

The error came in Mallo's first game in a month since recovering from injury.

Elche goalkeeper Edgar Badia made two saves to deny Brais Mendez before Santi Mina equalised with a strike when Iago Aspas set him up outside the box in the 41st.

Aspas twice went close to getting the winner in the second half but Celta remained with just one win in nine rounds and pressure building on coach Oscar Garcia to turn things around.

Celta can fall into the relegation zone if Levante or Huesca win this weekend.

Elche have lost only twice in seven matches since returning to the league and sit ninth.