As part of the 21st day of La Liga, Elche (16th, 19 pts) and Villarreal (8th, 29 pts) crossed swords this Sunday afternoon at the Estadio Manuel Martínez Valero. Undefeated in 2022 in all competitions (2 wins, 1 draw), the Franjiverdes wanted to continue their good series against a yellow submarine in doubt after their draw against Atlético de Madrid (2-2) and especially their elimination in King’s Cup against Gijon (1-2).
The two teams went blow for a long time before Elche opened the scoring late in the game. It was Boye, on a serve from Gumbau, who unblocked the situation (78th, 1-0) for the locals. Despite other changes behind, visitors did not return. With this success, the team of Francisco Rodriguez passed fifteenth in the standings, while that of Unai Emery remains eighth.