Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Insufficient improvement of Elche against an exhausted Osasuna

Elche He could only add one point and he still hasn’t won this season against a superior Osasuna in the first half but which, in the second, collapsed and ended up against the ropes in the face of the greater push and need of the local team.

Pablo Machín’s team improved past performances and had numerous scoring chances in the second half, but it was not enough to add three points that would contribute some hope to a sporting situation that already threatens to be irreversible.

Osasuna, full of confidence after his latest results, ttook command of the party from the outsetalthough without arrivals or occasions on the Elche goal.

Elche, gripped by their urgency, tried to approach the Navarrese area on the fast track, dispensing with transitions and looking for Pere Milla with balls behind the defenders.

The Navarrese team, increasingly comfortable, threatened with a center from Diego that Pablo Ibáñez he did not connect at the goal mouth.

Osasuna He ended up finding his prize without much effort in the 20th minute of play.

A combination down the left wing allowed Kike Barja to put a cross into the heart of the area so that Chimy Ávila, after a great header, placed the ball in the top corner.

The goal did a lot of damage to Elche, less and less convinced of their options, sowed protests in the stands and allowed Osasuna play at pleasure

A shot by Lucas Boyé over the crossbar, after a corner kick, was the response of the local team, iUnable to stop trembling on defense with every attack from the Arrasate set.

Osasuna, faced with little resistance from the bottom team, had fun with the ball, moving it from one side to the other and drawing rounds all over the field, although without depth.

In the last moments of the first half, Elche improved and had its main offensive weapon in the centers of Lautaro Blancoalthough none of his teammates hit the shot.

Machín’s team maintained their positive inertia at the start of the second half. Elche, much more intense and aggressive, claimed a possible penalty by the hand of a defender after a shot from Roco, but the referee appreciated the Chilean’s previous foul.

The action triggered the bottom player, who shortly after volHe came close to the goal after an error by Aridane that Lucas Boyéwith everything in favor, did not know how to take advantage.

Again the Argentine attacker, now with a header, and Carmona, who was blocked by Aridane with a shot in the goal mouth, were close to drawing in the best moments of the Elche team.

Osasuna, increasingly fatigued, ended up giving up the tie after a great counterattack led by Fidel that Camona solved with a great shot into the net.

Arrasate exhausted the changes a quarter of an hour from the end to refresh his team and stop the momentum of Elchelaunched for his first win of the course.

Osasuna recomposed the figure and managed to tame the game again, although Carmona and Guti still had the option of giving Elche the victory in the last moments.

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