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First Division - Day 22

Elche 1 - Almería 0

Elche: Toño; Damián Suárez, Botía (Pelegrín 75’), Lombán, Edu Albácar; Rubén Pérez, Javi Márquez; Carles Gil, Coro, Manu del Moral (Fidel 69’); Cristian Herrera (Carlos Sánchez 83’). 4-2-3-1.
Almería: Esteban; Rafita, Trujillo, Torsiglieri, Mané; Verza, Azeez; Aleix Vidal (Oscar Díaz 76’), Tébar (Soriano 63’), Suso (Helder Barbosa 63’); Jonathan Zongo. 4-2-3-1.

1-0. 57. Cristian. Shot by Marquéz which deflected off him as he lay on ground.

Yellow cards: Suso 23’, Azeez 39’, Javi Márquez 48’, Edu Albácar 71’, Rubén Pérez 76’, Torsiglieri 81’, Damián Suárez 84’, 89’ / red cards: Damián Suárez 89’.

Elche moved away from the danger zone thanks to a 1-0 victory over Almería in the Sunday mid-day game, the result taking them two points above their opponents, who are now only one place above the bottom three. Fran Escribà’s side dominated the first half, Manu failing to turn in an Edu Albácar free kick, Esteban saving from Cristian Herrera and Javi Márquez, and Lombán heading a corner over the top. Local keeper Toño’s first save didn’t come until shortly before the break, when he did well to stop a deflected shot by Verza, but some twelve minutes in to the second half the locals took the lead, a shot by Márquez from outside of the area hitting team-mate Cristian Herrera and bouncing in to the net. Almería came back after that, Toño in particular having to save a header from Azeez, but despite having Damián Suárez sent off for a second bookable offence, the home side held on for a vital win.