Elche and Girona they did not go beyond the initial tie (0-0) this Thursday in the first leg of the end of promotion playoff to The league Santander, a clash competed in the Martínez Valero in which the local team better controlled the rival’s weapons without actually deciding a ticket for the return to the elite that Montilivi will be decided on Sunday.
Those of Pacheta tied Stuani short, and he hardly had anything from Borja García or Samu Saiz the visiting table. The team from Elche was serious and supportive in their effort, but neither did they manage to generate excessive danger, although they were better on points. The imagination or the one on one did not help the poor state of the lawn.
Many minutes passed until the first approach to the areas. Elche started better, playing more in the rival field, squeezing the rival and attentive to the failure. It was from a set piece that the local team appeared with danger, with two consecutive corners, one with the intention of an Olympic goal and the other with noise in a small area.
The aforementioned visiting trident did not smell the ball, except for the best striker in Second, a Stuani watched even on his way to the locker room. In the other area, Nino also lived on an island without company although he came to head a center from Juan Cruz. Girona also had to settle for the set piece, with more tension than danger in an area with 21 players.
The Catalan team finished somewhat better in the first act, possession to find Borja and Jairo on the side, and the resumption was also of Francisco’s. Stuani called for a penalty and Ignasi Miquel cleared instead of finishing off two good centers. The visiting arreón was finished by Samu Saiz with a shot narrowly deflected.
With half an hour to go Elche stayed the end, with a couple of arrivals by the band right, to finish both teams protecting a result that does not guarantee anything, but that leaves intact the options of both to go up to First. Sunday August 23 will end The league SmartBank in Montilivi.
Elche: Edgar Badía; Óscar Gil (Tekio, min.87), Gonzalo Verdú, Dani Calvo, Josema, Juan Cruz, Iván Sánchez (Fidel, min.78), Manuel Sánchez, Pere Milla (Claudio, min.87), Nino (Mfulu, min. 78) and Escriche (Josan, min.65).
Girona: Risk; Ramalho (Calavera, min.90), Juanpe, Miquel, Maffeo; Gumbau, Granell; Samu Saiz, Borja García (Gallar, min.86), Jairo (Valery, min.67); and Stuani.
Referee: Arcediano Monescillo (C. Castellano-Manchego). He admonished Ramalho (min.7) and Juanpe (min.45 + 2) at Girona.
Stadium: Martinez Valero.
Incidents: Before the game, a minute’s silence was observed in memory of former Elche player Pedro Vicente Agulló ‘Periquín’, who recently passed away.