ELCHE. Athletic Club had a comfortable win over Elche. Athletic Club was just to good to grab a decisive 4-0 lead with N. Mercau (9′), O. Sancet (14′), N. Williams (22′) and A. Berenguer (44′). Elche reduced the distance with a goal (59′) by E. Ponce, but there was not much to do for them.
The match was played at the Estadio Manuel Martínez Valero stadium in Elche on Sunday and it started at 4:15 pm local time. In front of 24,176 spectators. The referee was Mario Melero López with the help of José Luis Martínez Serrato and Joan Méndez Mateo. The 4th official was Abraham Domínguez Cervantes. The weather was cloudy. The temperature was hot at 29.2 degrees Celsius or 84.61 Fahrenheit. The humidity was 70%.
The ball possession was not so different. Elche was in possession of the ball for 47% of the time vs. Athletic Club that controlled the ball for 53% of the time.
Attitude and shots
Athletic Club had a more offensive attitude with 48 dangerous attacks and 17 shots of which 9 were on target. This is one of the reasons why Athletic Club won the match.
Elche shot 8 times, 2 on target, 6 off target. Talking about the opposition, Athletic Club shot 17 times, 9 on target, 8 off target.
Elche received 4 yellow cards (O. Mascarell, E. Roco, F. Rodriguez and P. Bigas). On the other side, Athletic Club didn’t receive any yellow card.
After this match, Elche will stay with 1 points to sit in the 19th place. Regarding the opposition, Athletic Club will have 10 points like Villarreal and Atlético Madrid to hold in the 5th place.
In the next match in the La Liga, Elche will play away against FC Barcelona on the 17th of September with a 9-0 head to head stats in favor of FC Barcelona (1 draw).
Athletic Club will host Rayo Vallecano on the 17th of September with a 8-4 head to head stats in favor of Athletic Club (4 draws).
Elche – Formation
Elche adopted the 4-2-3-1 line-up (4-2-3-1).
The manager Francisco Javier Rodríguez Vílchez decided to play with the following team: Édgar Badía, Pol Lirola , Enzo Roco , Pedro Bigas , Nicolás Fernández , Omar Mascarell , Gerard Gumbau , Alex Collado , Domingos Quina , Pere Milla and Lucas Boyé .
The home team had on the bench: Fidel, Javier Pastore, Federico Fernández, Axel Werner, Ezequiel Ponce , John Donald, Raúl Guti , Josan , Helibelton Palacios, Tete Morente, Roger Martí and Carlos Clerc.
Elche could not rely on the presence of R. Guti (injured).
Elche made 5 changes: O. Mascarell for E. Ponce (38′), A. Collado for Fidel (46′), E. Roco for J. Chetauya (46′), P. Lirola for Josan (66′) and G. Gumbau for R. Guti (72′).
Best player: Lucas Boyé
The player that probably impressed the most for Elche was Lucas Boyé.
His rating iswith 21 passes (85% accurate) and 2 key passes. He was won 7 duels out of 12. He performed 2 crosses.
Athletic Club – Formation
Also Athletic Club adopted the 4-2-3-1 line-up (4-2-3-1).
Ernesto Valverde Tejedor played with: Unai Simón, Óscar de Marcos , Daniel Vivian , Iñigo Martínez , Íñigo Lekue , Oihan Sancet , Dani García , Nico Williams , Iker Muniain , Álex Berenguer and Iñaki Williams .
These were the players on the bench: Oier Zarraga, Mikel Vesga , Unai Vencedor, Ander Iru, Aitor Paredes Casamichana, Ander Capa, Gorka Guruzeta , Julen Agirrezabala, Jon Morcillo , Asier Villalibre and Raúl García .
Athletic Club could not rely on the presence of O. Zarraga (injured).
Athletic Club made 5 changes: N. Williams for O. Zarraga (64′), O. Sancet for R. Garcia (64′), D. Garcia for M. Vesga (72′), I. Muniain for G. Guruzeta (78′) and I. Williams for J. Morcillo (78′).
Best player: Álex Berenguer
The player that probably impressed the most for Athletic Club was Álex Berenguer.
His rating iswith 1 goal, 33 passes (66% accurate) and 1 key pass. He was won 9 duels out of 15. He performed 2 crosses. He hit the woodwork once times.
Results of the day
These are the results of the day in the La Liga.