Elche vs. Eibar – Match Report – February 20, 2021


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Elche vs.  Eibar - Match Report - February 20, 2021

(EFE) – Elche broke its streak of 16 consecutive games without winning in the debut of coach Fran Escribá and clings to the fight for permanence with a long-suffering victory (1-0) against an Eibar that he puts fully into the fight to avoid the decline.

A great goal from central Dani Calvo in the first half, when Eibar dominated the most, gave the Elche team three points, who knew how to endure with suffering the attacks of a rival in crisis that confirmed their serious problems to materialize scoring chances.

Eibar started the game better than Elche, who did not let him handle the ball and who was subjected to great physical wear during the first minutes.

Enrich, with an iron shot behind Pedro León’s center, was the first to unleash hostilities and shortly after Kike García followed with a centered shot.

Elche, tied up in the center of the field, could not connect with their forwards, Carrillo and Boyé, practically spectators of the game, and their midfielders were devoured by the aggressiveness of the rival media.

The Elche team knew how to suffer without the ball and wait for their moment, which came after half an hour of play in a strategy action. In his first and only corner kick, Dani Calvo headed Barragán’s serve unstoppably into the net.

The goal emboldened Eibar, who encircled Elche’s goal despite not finding the best version of Bryan Gil. Kike García tried again with a cross shot after a mistake by Mojica.

The game got stuck in the last bars of the first act, with continuous fouls, which slowed the rhythm of the Basque team, which nevertheless still had a last option in a Diop arrival.

The passage through the changing rooms did not change the script of the game. Eibar increased its bet and put a fence on the goal of Elche, which barely found arguments to defend itself with the ball.

Bigas, after a corner kick, and Pedro León, with an acrobatic shot, threatened a tie against Elche, and began to feel comfortable and to loosen up in attack as the minutes passed.

Raúl Guti, after a placed shot, and Rigoni had the option to score the second, although the best chance was Josan after Morente’s assistance.

Mendilibar tried to revitalize his team with the changes, although the main offensive argument remained winger Bryan Gil.

A cross shot from Muto and a header from Bigas were Eibar’s last options against an Elche who, led by Tete Morente, knew how to cool down the game in the last minutes to secure three points that allow them to continue believing in permanence.


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