Elche smells of salvation. Permanence is close again for a team that did not fail on a key day. Mallorca, direct rival, was the victim of an Elche that had an almost perfect match. The Francis Revolution studied all week in his lab, it came out great. The technician changed the system (three power plants) and introduced six novelties at eleven. The man from Almería knew that he had to touch something to handcuff a Mallorca that arrived with high morale after coming out of relegation and knocking down Atlético. But in the Martínez Valero he ran into his harsh reality, that of suffering until the end. Elche overcame him thanks to goals from Mojica, Bigas and Kang In’s own goal. The final ended in a party with more than 20,000 spectators celebrating an almost salvation and doing the wave.
From the first moment, Elche’s intentions were seen. Inclining the field towards Mojica’s side was an obsession. The Colombian, with three center backs guarding his back, felt like a free soul to attack and attack. His connection with Fidel on the left gave Elche peace and verticality. Mallorca suffered to stop the bombing of centers laterals that his rival put in. In one of them and after ten minutes, Raúl Guti missed a sung goal after a lateral ball from Fidel. The Aragonese threw it out when he reached the far post with an advantage. Elche forgave, but neither did they suffer against a Mallorca team that could only win one against in the entire first half, just in the action in which Jaume Costa was injured.
From another center, came the other clear chance for Elche. On this occasion, it was Josan who put a ball into the heart of the small area and Fidel, alone, failed to connect with the ball. On the third and in a psychological moment, Mallorca received the first slap. Mojica, surrounded by vermilion players, He found the right place to cross the ball and hit it against the post. Elche won a prize at the break that they deserved for their insistence.
Aguirre, overcome by the approach of the rival, shook the bench at halftime and brought out all his artillery, his most talented men. Kang In and Take seemed to change his face somewhat to Mallorca after the restart, but it was a mirage. Elche responded with 2-0 thanks to a header from Bigas after a center from Fidel. The advantage gave air to the team from Elche, which maintained its firm and serious posture until the end. The painting from Elche lacked the icing and this put it Kang In after scoring an own goal in an action that Tete Morente tried to finish off and that Sergio Rico stopped before. Take and Muriqi ran into each other in their attempt to close the gap, but Edgar was there to put the climax to a triumph that smells of salvation.
John Gonzalez (35′, Jaume Costa), Take Kubo (45′, Danny), Lee Kang-In (45′, Pablo Maffeo), Angel (55′, Amath), Save Seville (55′, Iddrisu Baba), gumbau (67′, Raul Guti), Peter Milla (67′, Fidel), Tete Morente (70′, Josh), piatti (70′, Kike), Diego Gonzalez (86′, Bigas)
1-0, 41′: Mojica2-0, 57′: Bigas3-0, 80′: Lee Kang-In
Referee: Jose Maria Sanchez Martinez
VAR Referee: José Luis González González
Brian (46′, Yellow) Iddrisu Baba (52′, Yellow) Bigas (60′, Yellow) Anthony Sanchez (63′, Yellow) Omar Mascarell (85′, Yellow