The Alaves took a giant step forward in his aspirations for achieve permanence in the First Division after defeating in a survival match (0-2) a Elche that he did not measure up and that he leaves touched and with few options to save the category.
In the duel of the needy, the Vitoria team was superior and had its decisive player in Luis Rioja, since he broke the game with the assistance of the first goal, on the brink of halftime, and scored the second, at the start of the second period. Elche, who once again paid dearly for his defensive errors, showed all his problems to create play and crashed on the few scoring chances he had against a great Pacheco.
Alavés entered the game much better, finding a mine on the left wing of their attack. Rioja detected the weakness of its marker, Helibelton Palacios, to insistently threaten the Elche area. An error by the Colombian caused the first chance of the match, but the center of Rioja did not get to clinch it Joselu. Elche, barely passing through the midfield and the wings, appealed to direct football as the only offensive argument to feed their forwards.
A genius from Lucas Boyé was about to put him ahead, but the Argentine’s spur shot was cleared with reflections by Pacheco. Shortly afterwards came the Vitorian response through Rioja, who after surpassing Palacios He shot the post of Elche’s goal without Edgar reaching, by centimeters, to hit the empty goal.
The game entered a phase without rhythm, full of fouls and interruptions until Rioja, in a brilliant personal action, served Joselu a golden ball to finish off the net, already on the brink of halftime. Elche, forced by the scoreboard, faced the second half with another more offensive pose. The group from Elche settled in the territory of Deportivo Alavés and began to search for Pacheco’s goal with the depth of Josema and Fidel.
However, Alavés struck again in his first arrival in a forceful way. Joselu took advantage of a Josema error to enter the area and assist Rioja, who scored the second with a strong shot. Escribá wanted to revolutionize the game with a triple change in search of a total offense. Lucas Boyé was close to discounting, but his header found a great response from Pacheco.
Elche’s offensive bet was losing strength and Alavés felt comfortable and safe to counterattack with danger. Edgar brushed past the third with a great shot that crashed off the post. Elche, without order or criteria, kept trying until the end with centers to their forwards, but the Deportivo Alavés he defended himself with order and Pacheco hardly struggled to protect his goal.
0 – Elche: Gazzaniga; Palacios, Diego González, Dani Calvo, Josema (Piatti, min. 56); Josan (Pere Milla, min. 56), Mfulu (Víctor, min. 56), Marcone (Nino, min. 78), Fidel; Lucas Boyé and Guido Carrillo.
two – Alaves: Pacheco; Martin; Laguardia, Lejeune, Duarte; Pere Pons (Ximo Navarro, min. 82), Pina, Manu García; Rioja (Pellistri, min. 78), Edgar (Jota Peleteiro, min. 78) and Joselu (Deyverson, min. 91).
Referee: González Fuertes (Asturian Committee). He showed a yellow card to Edgar, Tachi and Pina for Deportivo Alavés and Mfulu for Elche.
Goals: 0-1, m.39: Joselu. 0-2, m.53: Rioja.
Incidents: Match corresponding to the thirty-sixth day of the First Division played at the Martínez Valero stadium behind closed doors.