Elche CF, Travelled Twice
Last week, Elche CF played two away games, one of which they lost and the other which they drew.
On Wednesday the Franjiverdes took on Sevilla in the final of their 2 postponed start of the season matches. The teams met only last month at the Martinez Valero when Elche CF was the 2-1 victor. Escriba continues to improve his side, who knew what to do, when and how, although their concentration and energy slipped towards the end of each half, a fault which Sevilla took full advantage of.
The first half was more or less a monologue by Sevilla interspersed with sparks of brilliance by Josan, Boye and Carrillo, none of which turned to gold. Just 2 minuets before the half time whistle, the Moroccan En-Nesyri, sprung high to receive a strong cross from Suso, and sent a stronger header past the normally unbeatable Badia. The second half was a different game, Elche enjoyed more possession and more opportunities and were wanting their first point away from home under Escriba. Sevilla seemed to tire and it was only an uncharacteristic move by the Italian and Argentinian International Franco Vazquez which provided the final nail in the coffin. With his back to the goal he stopped a through ball with his left, bounced it off his right and then back healed towards the goal mouth, where it sneaked past the goalie to create the final scoreline of 2-0.
Then, on Saturday Elche travelled to Madrid where they fought for a draw against Getafe and survived due to their guardian angel Badia. Pere Milla, following an injury to his hand after just 17 seconds, opened the scoring on the 20th minute. Elche were the better side during the first half but as always, they seemed to step off the gas towards the end, allowing Getafe a free run before the whistle. This invigorated the home side and once play resumed the 23 year old Turk, Enes Unal, scored on the hour. The pink clothed referee, Hernandez Hernandez, made his second controversial decision and awarded a penalty to Getafe. Angel, a former Elche CF player from 2010-2012, stepped up. Despite a well placed shot, the hand of the Elche guardian angel, Edgar Badia, made another point altering save for a 1-1 draw.
Following a break for Internationals, Elche CF will play at Home on Easter Sunday 4th April at 16:15 against Real Betis.
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