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First Division - Day 22

Elche 2 - Rayo Vallecano 0

Elche: Tyton; Damián Suárez, Enzo Roco, Lombán, Edu Albácar; Pasalic, Adrián González; Víctor Rodríguez (Coro 90‘), Fayçal Fajr, Aarón Ñíguez (Rodrigues 74‘); Jonathas (Cristian Herrera 87‘). 4-2-3-1.
Rayo: Toño; Tito, Zé Castro, Amaya (Jozabed 78‘), Insúa; Raúl Baena, Trashorras; Javier Aquino (Alex Moreno 46‘), Alberto Bueno (Manucho 70‘), Kakuta; Leo Baptistao. 4-2-3-1.

1-0. 21. Damián Suárez. Fired long shot wide of Toño after ball came out to him.
2-0. 82. Rodrigues. Ran on to Fajr return pass and struck angled shot past Toño.

Yellow cards: Alberto Bueno 26’, Leo Baptistao 36’, Edu Albácar 48’, Raúl Baena 72’, 76’, Fajr 88’, Jozabed 89’ / red cards: Raúl Baena 76’.

The battle to avoid the drop looks like being close this year, with several teams in and out of the bottom three all season. Results elsewhere meant that Elche started their Monday night game against Rayo Vallecano in bottom spot, but a 2-0 victory took them out of the relegation zone and up to seventeenth place, now just three points behind their opponents in the table. Damián Suárez opened the scoring with a scorcher from outside of the area midway through the first half, and Lombán came close to as second when he headed wide later in the first half. Leo Baptistao, Alberto Bueno and Trashorras all went close for the visitors either side of half time, but Pasalic missed an easy header on a quick breakaway a few minutes later. Rayo were left with ten men though when Raúl Baena picked up a second booking, and with eight minutes to go Rodrigues ran on to a return Fajr pass to wrap things up.