Diamanka turns up to grab a point away at Elche

Numancia bring home a point from the Martínez Valero (1-1)

Numancia brought home a point from the Martínez Valero after earning a draw in their fixture with Elche (1-1). It is an important point for López Garai’s side vis-à-vis the end of the season. With the 1-0 win at Los Pajaritos and the draw this weekend, the Numantinos take head-to-head advantage over the Ilicitanos should the two teams end up level on points at the end of the campaign.

The game began with Elche dominating, so much so that Pacheta’s side were to send out an early warning in the second minute with a goal from Sory Kaba that the referee would rule out owing to an offside being flagged. With Derik and Atienza in the centre of the back four, Numancia offered a stout defence. Elche came up against the Rojillos’ defensive wall time and time again until, in the 34th minute, González served up a pass to Nino, who put the hosts ahead. Despite the setback, heads did not drop in the Numancia ranks and the visitors went insistently in search of an equaliser until, in the 45th minute, Diamanka pounced on a loose ball in the area and levelled the scores. The half-time whistle came shortly afterwards.

In the second 45, Numancia came out and bossed the game, seeking chances to get ahead. Higinio, and later Guillermo, had the best chances to net a second goal for the Rojillos. Elche, for their part, looked to take advantage on the counterattack. In the end, neither side was able to earn the reward of a second goal and the game ended in a one-all draw.

With this point, López Garai’s side now sit in thirteenth position in the table, on 27 points.

Elche: Edgar Badía, Dani Calvo, González, Verdú, Juan Cruz, Josan, Javi Flores, Karim (Benja, m. 63), Xavi Torres, Nino (Nacho Gil, m. 70), Sory.

Numancia: Juan Carlos, Unai Medina, Derik, Atienza, Ganea, Fran Villalba, Diamanka (Kako, m. 53), Escassi, Marc Mateu, Alain (Nacho, m. 85), Higinio (Guillermo, m. 70).

Goals: 1-0. Minute 34. Nino. 1-1. Minute 45. Diamanka.

Referee: Gorostegui Fernández-Ortega. Yellow cards for Elche’s Gonzalo Verdú, in the 9th minute, and Karim, in the 46th, and Numancia’s Marc Mateu in the 90th.

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