The Elche, who already has 15 consecutive games without winning, managed to save a point against the Villarreal after equalize in the second half, through Argentines Guido Carrillo and Lucas Boyé, the two goals ahead that the Castellón team had achieved in the first period thanks to the Gerard Moreno double.
The Catalan forward, who reappeared three games after the injury, was decisive in the first 45 minutes, in which his team was superior and enjoyed chances to sentence. But Elche, who seemed sunk, took advantage of the relaxation of his rival in the first minutes of the second half to balance the score with goals from Argentina’s Carillo and Boyé.
The script for the game went according to plan. Villarreal took possession of the ball from the beginning against Elche retracted, waiting to surprise in a counterattack. The set of Emery appealed to patience and touch to await his moment, which came after a precise inside pass from Trigueros to Alcácer so that the Valencian gave the ball to Moreno, who beat Badía with a cross touch.
The goal forced Elche to take a step forward already raise your pressure in the opposite field, which Villarreal took advantage of to look again and again for the back of the Elche defense. Elche gained offensive prominence especially by the bands of Colombian Mojica, although their centers to the area never found the shots of Boyé and Garrido, Almirón’s offensive bet.
With the Elche overturned, Alcácer was about to score the second, but Edgar Badía won him one-on-one. The Catalan goalkeeper, however, could not save his team shortly after a new offensive combination by Villarreal that Moreno solved with a shot close to the post.
Elche, who had claimed a possible penalty from Guti, got disorderly in search of a goal that would allow him to get hooked on the game. Carrillo was the one who was closest with a high shotAlthough the clearest chances were for the visitors, who wasted several options to score the third. The team from Elche, who seemed knocked out, unexpectedly returned to the game in the first minutes of the restart thanks to a goal from Guido Carrillo, who headed a precise cross from Josan into the net at the far post.
The goal revitalized Elche, which despite his few offensive arguments he managed to tilt the field and around the goal of a blurred Villarreal, without the ability to defend himself with the ball and without Gerard Moreno on the field. The local team found the prize for their tenacity after a great free-kick by Rigoni that hit the post and whose rejection Boyé holed at an empty goal.
The draw woke up Villarreal, who returned to regain control of the game through possession of the ball. Emery brought Estupiñán and Bacca in to give his team more depth and punch. Villarreal was clear dominator again in the last minutes and touched the third in an action by Yéremi Pino, a header by Albiol and a shot by Trigueros, but Elche resisted to add a point that, at least, serves them to regain your self-esteem.
2 -Elche: Edgar Badía, Cifuentes, Diego González, Josema, Mojica; Josan, Marcone, Guti, Rigoni; Lucas Boyé and Guido Carrillo (Pere Milla, min. 78).
2 – Villarreal: Asenjo; Jaume Costa (Estupiñán, min. 73), Albiol, Pau Torres, Pedraza (Bacca, min, 73); Coquelin (Foyth, min. 24), Parejo, Trigueros, Moi Gómez, Gerard Moreno (Yéremi Pino, min. 49) and Paco Alcácer.
Referee: Melero López (Andalusian Committee). He showed a yellow card to Lucas Boyé for Elche, and Pedraza and Trigueros for Villarreal.
Goals: 0-1, min. 15: Gerard Moreno. 0-2, min. 35: Gerard Moreno. 1-2, min. 48: Guido Carrillo. 2-2, min. 63: Lucas Boyé.
Incidents: Meeting corresponding to the twenty-second day of the Santander League played at the Martínez Valero stadium behind closed doors.