Elche 1 Huesca 1

A penalty ten minutes from time from the division’s top-scorer, Sergio León, spared the Ilicitanos blushes as they rescued a home point against the visitors, who dominated large portions of the match on Sunday. Keeper Javi Jiménez kept the home side in it as Huesca played better than their mediocre position in the Segunda division table suggested. They thoroughly deserved to take the lead in the 27th minute thanks to an individual piece of skill from Fran Mérida who dribbled past an Elche defender, and gave Jiménez no chance with a well-placed strike.   

Huesca kept going during the second half, but Elche got some lucky when a penalty came out of nowhere in the 80th minute as Lolo was clearly brought down in the box when a corner came in, and León, back after suspension, made no mistake with the spot-kick.  Defender Nagore was then sent off for the visitors, with seven minutes remaining, but Huesca still probed forward, yet Elche could have got all three points in the dying seconds when a Mandi effort in the box was pushed away for a corner by Huesca keeper, Leo Franco.

The tightness of the table continues, with Elche lying ninth, and a point outside the play-off zone. They have a tough Sunday encounter beckoning away to third-placed Oviedo.

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