First Division squads – La Liga Santander: Elche wrap up pre-season with resounding win over La Nuca

Elche closed their pre-season with a resounding 0-3 victory against La Nuca, a team recently promoted to 1 RFEF. The franjiverdes, who signed a summer preparation with more lights than shadows, imposed themselves with a complete performance, despite their numerous absences. Eze Ponce advanced Francisco’s men with a first-half brace. And Helibelton Palacios closed the scoring midway through the second half. The duel at La Nuca left the debut of Roger Mart, signed this week by the Elche team.

Elche dominated the first half in sober fashion. In the first bars, massively. I opened the scoring early, with a fine goal from Eze Ponce. The Argentine controlled a clearance in front of the box and executed with a volley near the post. Mojica grazed the second franjiverde with a powerful shot, but goalkeeper Valens avoided the goal with a superb stretch. And Enzo Roco and Diego González starred in their attempts at two headers from the corner.

On the eve of half-time, Eze Ponce extended the advantage of the Elche side. After a shot from ‘Tanque’ saved by Valens, Pere Milla and Palacios made a remarkable wall in the box and Ponce only had to push the assistance of the Colombian winger.

In the second half, La Nuca took advantage of more possession and finishes, but without the spirit to disturb Edgar Badia. Elche kept control and, halfway through the restart, ended up dooming with a superb goal from Helibelton Palacios. The right side cut his pair at the top of the area and fired a shot that slipped into the top corner.

With the party practically liquidatedeach team generated a shot at the post, Isma Ruiz for Nucieros and Mourad for Elche, but the electronic player did not move.

Elche culminates their pre-season with a record of three wins, against Legans (2-1), Getafe (1-0) and La Nuca (0-3), and four defeats, against Newcastle Under-23 (1- 2), Villarreal B (1-3), Cartagena (2-0) and Ibiza (0-1). And in general, without the best sensations to start the demanding centenary season in the First Division. Although he is still waiting to strengthen his team with several additions. His league debut will be against Betis on Monday August 15 at Benito Villamarn.


Neck: James Valens; Romera, Moiss, Adri Leon, Angel Lopez; Javi Cabezas, Bustillo, Fer Pina, Javi Martin; Rubn Saiz and Buenacasa. They also played: Ackermann, Lex Salto, Aspar, Isma Ruiz, Jorge García, Josema, Borja, Rodri and Aketxe.

elche: Edgar Badia; H. Palacios, Enzo Roco, Diego Gonzlez, Clerc; Pere Milla, Omar Mascarell, Gumbau, Mojica; Roger Mart and Eze Ponce. Also playing: Carles Marco, Josema, John Chetauya, Ral Guti, Rodri Mendoza, Galindo and Mourad.

Goals: 0-1, Eze Ponce (min 4); 0-2, Eze Ponce (min 41); 0-3, H. Palacios (min 69).

rbitro: Sal Ais Reig (Valencian Committee). Warning from La Nuca to ngel López (min 86)

Stadium: Camilo Cano.

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