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Cultural Leonesa return to the Second Division 42 years on

More than four decades since they were last in the second tier, Cultural Leonesa were promoted after being Barça B 2-1 on Sunday.

Los jugadores de la Cultural y Deportiva celebran su victoria ante el Barcelona B tras el partido de vuelta de la eliminatoria de ascenso a Segunda División hoy en el estadio Reino de Léon. Con más sufrimiento de lo que indica el marcador, la Cultural y Deportiva Leonesa ha logrado esta tarde el ansiado ascenso a Segunda División después de 43 años, al derrotar de nuevo (2-1) al Barcelona B en un repleto estadio Reino de León.

Cultural Leonesa were promoted to Spain's Second Division, the Liga 1|2|3 on Sunday after a drawn-out 2-1 win over a Barcelona B who were unable to overturn the 0-2 result from the first leg. Goals from Julen Colinas and Gallar put Cultural back in the second tier 40 years since their last stint in the category in the 1974-75 season.

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Barcelona B take the lead against Cultural

Barça's reserves B had De la Barrera's players fretting when Jesús Alfaro fired the azulgranas ahead and requiring just one goal to level the tie. The two teams retired at half-time with the score at 0-1 but Julen Colinas made it 1-1 on 64 minutes to put Cultural back in the driving seat Gallar added a second with a stunning free-kick with little under a quarter of an hour remaining to put the seal on an historic day in the club's history.

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Gerard López's Barça ended the game flagging but there was a shock right at the end of the game when Cultural Leonesa's keeper Palatsi was left unconscious after colliding with another player. The keeper finally came around and was taken off-field on a stretcher with the team already promoted to the Segunda División.