Elche CF, Oh Dear!
It is not often that La Liga matches are postponed due to snow, but that is exactly what happened to Elche's Sunday fixture against Madrid based Getafe. It was played 24 hours later on Monday 11th, once the transport networks were restored. It was a must win match as the Franjiverdes had slipped down into the relegation places following 11 league matches without a win.
The Getafe side presented a couple of interesting team members; Firstly the Getafe gaffer José Bordalás Jiménez, was born in Alicante. He played for Torrevieja and many other local teams as well as managing Elche CF from 2009 to 2012 where he a win ratio of 44%, he has been with Getafe since 2016. Secondly; 19 year old Japanese born Kubo arrived at Getafe on Friday on loan from Real Madrid. Due to the storm he had not even completed a training session with his new team before being substituted on in the 65th minuet.
The game started well for the Franjiverdes with a near miss by Boye within seconds of the opening whistle, followed just 4 minuets later by a goal from Raúl Guti, his first in La Liga after his 4 million euro transfer from Real Zaragoza. Then Almiron's men took their foot off the gas and paid a high price. Getafe, after several failed attempts found the back of the net with a powerful header from Cucurella.
The second half started badly for Elche. One of their most talented players, Fidel, was injured and then the ex Boca Junior Marcone, fell foul to the pepper in his blood and after receiving a yellow was dealt a red by the ref, leaving his team a man down. Elche did not recover and could not retain the draw. Kubo, the Japanese, entered and with his first kick took a great shot that Edgar cleared as best he could, but the rebound found Mata and then the back of the net. The final blow came when Elche's Verdu conceded a penalty which Angel pocketed without a problem. 1-3 with all 3 of the golden points going to the visitors.
On Saturday Elche fielded a much changed team for their 32nd round of the Copa del Rey against Real Vallecano, as Almiron was saving his men for Tuesdays fixture. Originally planned for a 12:00 kick off, the match was changed twice due to the snow which had made the pitch unplayable. First it was delayed until 16:00, but less than an hour before kick off the location was changed to the Las Rozas stadium and kick off delayed until 22:00, when the temperatures in Madrid were -3 degrees. Needless to say the makeshift team did not worry Real Vallecano, who won the match 2-0.
Next week, Elche CF have two matches. On Tuesday the 19th at 19:00 they will play Valladolid and then they will face Barcelona on Sunday 24th at 16:15.
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