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First Division - Day 20

Elche 2 - Rayo Vallecano 0

Elche: Toño; Damián Suárez, Botía, Lombán, Edu Albácar; Rubén Pérez (Carlos Suárez 81’), Javi Márquez; Carles Gil, Coro, Aarón Ñíguez (Manu del Moral 68’); Cristian Herrera (Boakye 75’). 4-2-3-1.
Rayo: Rubén; Tito, Gálvez, Saúl Ñíguez, Nacho (Adrián González 29’); Trashorras, Raúl Baena; Lass, Alberto Bueno, Jonathan Viera (Adri Embarba 77’); Nery Castillo (Larrivey 68’). 4-2-3-1.

1-0. 19. Edu Albácar (penalty). After Baena sent off for foul on Coro inside area.
2-0. 79. Javi Márquez. Fired shot across Rubén after Boakye won ball in area.

Yellow cards: Edu Albácar 44’, Javi Márquez 56’, Adrián González 70’ / red cards: Raúl Baena 18’.

Elche moved away from the danger zone after beating struggling Rayo Vallecano 2-0 on Saturday, a first win in six games taking Fran Escribá’s side five points clear of their opponents, who stay in next to bottom spot. The turning point of the match came though with twenty minutes gone, referee Pérez Montero awarding the locals a hotly-disputed penalty and sending off Raúl Baena after Coro fell under a challenge from the midfielder, Edu Albácer stepping up to drive home the resulting spot kick. Up to that point Rubén had already kept out a couple of early efforts, but visiting coach Paco Jémez decided to risk all, taking off a defender to play with three at the back. Later in the first half Aarón Ñíguez tested Rubén again, and his kid brother Saúl fired a free kick just over the top at the other end. But after the restart it was one-way traffic, Rubén having to save from Aarón and Coro, and Javi Márquez, Cristian Herrera and Manu del Moral firing shots wide. With ten minutes to go though substitute Boakye won a tackle on the edge of the area, and the ball fell to Márquez who stroked a shot in to the far corner of the net to wrap things up. A much needed win for the locals, and a brave Rayo sink further down in to the drop zone.