Elche CF seem to be slip sliding away from the play offs. After week 39 they are sadly out of the play off promotion position and occupy 7th place. However it is a very tight table and anything can happen.
On Tuesday the 7th July Elche travelled to the Anduva Stadium in Burgos, to take on Mirandes known as the Rojillos. On paper an achievable victory for the Franjiverdes as Mirandes have not won any of their last five games.
The first half was unremarkable in every possible way and does not deserve much of a mention, except to say that Elche were slightly better, but were unable to cause much damage. The scoring chances for both sides were few a far between, with both teams having 6 shots off target. They both held onto the ball well Mirandes had 54% possession and correspondingly Elche had 46%.
Josan, on the right wing was the main weapon for Elche. Jonathas had a couple of good chances, sadly all of them missed the target. However it was Mirandes who looked to take the lead from a shot by Malsa which went just over the cross bar.
The difference was to be made after half time, when Andoni Iraola's men had been dreaming of getting into the play off positions, and Pacheta's men had been having a nightmare about dropping out of the play off positions. The second half started much stronger, with Mirandes looking the better of the two sides.
The Rojillos then stole the lead from a set piece on the 54th minute. Merquelanz took a corner and Marcos André, alone and unmarked at the far post, took advantage of a defensive oversight to beat Elche goalie, San Román.
The goal forced Pacheta to make a triple substitution. He brought on Folch, Escriche and the Elche talisman Nino. This reactivated the offensive play of the ilicitanos. Nino, in particular began to harm the Mirandes defence and looked likely to trouble the so far unneeded Mirandes goalie, Raúl Lizoain. The game was not without it's downers for the home side. Iraola had to make several unplanned substitutions due to injury, but this did not adversely effect their performance or the result.
Three more matches to go. Elche CF take on Albacete on Monday the 13th, Fuenlabrada on Friday the 17th and lastly Oviedo on Monday the 20th.
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