A joy for Elche in the Cup to compensate for the shipwreck in the League where they have been ten games in a row without knowing the victory. A great goal by Boyé in the first ball he touched gave the franjiverde team a pass to the third round of the cup-cup tournament against a very good planting La Nucía who tutored his rival for many minutes. The game changed its scenery the moment Almirón realized that keeping the entire B unit on the field was reckless. At halftime he introduced gunpowder to bring Guido Carrillo, Boyé, Nino and Rigoni together on Camilo Cano’s impeccable lawn. So, yeah, not like an indolent first part without any spark. After the Argentine’s goal in the 46th minute, the dominance became Elche’s, although La Nucía came to disturb in an action.
It was difficult to distinguish in the first half which team was from First and which from Second B. Elche went from less to more against an opponent who started hard and had several dangerous approaches to get ahead, including a clearance by goalkeeper Fornés who was about to he was surprised by “Russo” Rodríguez when the ball passed over him and ended up brushing the post in an almost comical play. Almirón’s team, who came out with their B unit, showed very few things, without aim, without fluency and with very innocent shots before an attentive La Nucía. An opportunity by the youth squad Salinas after a pass from Nino in a dangerous counterattack was the most dangerous action of the franjiverde box. The Almeria striker and Josan were the best in the first half although more was expected due to the difference in category between one team and another.
La Nucía did his job well. He defended well despite failures in midfield and was even able to get ahead on the scoreboard with a chance from Morgade in the first leg of the first half. César Ferrando’s team faded as the minutes passed, although the scoreless tie at halftime did justice to what was seen on the pitch.
After the break, Almirón hit the nail on the head with the changes. He put gunpowder with four changes and the results were instantaneous. He entered the scorer Boyé who scored as soon as he had the ball in his boots. Two minutes later Guido Carrillo combs the ball that was left at the feet of the Argentine striker and with an unstoppable shot he puts the ball through the right square, overtaking an Elche much more offensive than in the first half.
After the goal, the franjiverde team was letting go although La Nucía did not throw in the towel and was approaching Elche’s goal on several occasions, although with little danger. Very attentive the «Russian» Rodríguez throughout the whole game. A shot from Barry on 79 ‘after a failure in Elche’s defense caused concern for a moment, but the strong shot lacked positioning to the relief of Almirón’s team.
As the minutes progressed, Elche gave life to La Nucía, who spun good minutes with Aarón Ñíguez very active in his debut with the red shirt.
There was time for suffering. Elche did not close the game and La Nucía was looking for the tying goal. Nino gave a display of physical strength in the absence of five minutes and was about to surprise the home defense.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.