Elche v Cadiz a Game of Two Halves
Having drawn their last 2 games Elche CF drew again on Saturday to make it 3 in a row! Elche started their 9th game of the season in 10th place with 12 points, whilst their opponents, Cadiz, were in 5th with just 2 more points. The away side, nicked named the Yellow Submarine, held this seasons best away recorded within La Liga, winning 4 out of the 5 games including beating both Real Madrid and Athletic Bilbao.
Jorge Almiron made 2 changes which included starting with Cadiz born Luismi and Guido Carrillo, the signing from Southampton, whilst continuing with his 5 man defensive plan.
From the off the Franjiverdes wanted the ball and they got it, with Cadiz only managing to profit from inaccurate passes. However, goal opportunities were not available until the 35th minute when 3 came along all at once! Firstly Pere Milla unleashed an 18 yard belter which really tested Ledesma the yellow submarine's goalie. Secondly Elche tried and failed with a bouncing header to the corner. Thirdly Lucas Boye, former River Plate and Reading player, executed a clinical and successful shot to put Elche ahead, and for a short while in 5th place in La Liga!
Just 5 minutes later the ref awarded Cadiz with a penalty, as 2 rival players collided mid-air in front of the Elche goal. VAR was consulted for many minutes before the ref admitted that it was a handball by the Cadiz player, Jonsonn.
3 minutes into the extra 5 minutes of stoppage time, Lucas Boye went from hero to villain. VAR was not needed for his sending off, as he elbowed Fali right in front of the ref. The Argentinians ingrained natural over exuberance, getting him his second yellow of the game and resulting in Elche having to play with just 10 men.
Needless to say, the second half was a Cadiz monologue. The inevitable goal came on the 55 minute mark. Poignantly it was scored by Elche born Alvaro Gimenez. He had gone through the Ilicitiano youth programme and played for the Franjiverdes in 2007-2008 and then from 2013 to 2016. Cadiz scored again, only to have the goal disallowed as it was assisted by the arm of one of their own players. Elche did well to keep the Yellow Submarine in check and to gain another vital point.
Elche CF will travel the 250km within the Comunidad Valencia to Estadio de la Cerámica in Villarreal, for their next game on Sunday 6th November at 18:00.
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