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Alavés breathes pure air

Mamadou Loum, in the action of the goal of Alavés.David Aguilar (EFE)

Soccer has become a very strange sport for those who have known it for many decades. Until five years ago, goals were celebrated instantly, and no goals were forgotten in a second, as soon as the linesman’s pennant was raised to the sky. Not now. The goals, despite the initial celebration, are questioned until the kickoff, and the goals canceled against the visiting team are celebrated by the local fans as if it were a goal for their team, as this Tuesday in Mendizorroza, when in the 80th minute Carrillo thought he tied the game but the VAR decided otherwise. Happy for his goal at the start of the second half, happy for Elche’s non-goal at the end of the match, Alavés has six consecutive points and breathes fresh air.



Pacheco (Sivera, min. 83), Ximo Navarro (Martín Aguirregabiria, min. 59), Lejeune, Laguardia, Rubén Duarte, Pina (Toni Moya, min. 59), Pellistri (Manu Garcia, min. 73), Mamadou Loum, Luis Rioja, Pere Pons (Edgar Méndez, min. 73) and Joselu



Casilla, Bigas, Enzo Roco, Helibelton Palacios, Mojica, Raúl Guti, Fidel (Pastore, min. 62), Tete Morente (Pere Milla, min. 73), Omar Mascarell (Gumbau, min. 79), Lucas Pérez (Benedetto, min. 62) and Lucas Boyé (Guido Carrillo, min. 73)

Goals 1-0 min. 46: Mamadou Loum.

Referee Jesus Gil Manzano

Yellow cards Ximo Navarro (min. 17) and Enzo Roco (min. 41)

In the warmth of the locker room, with the cool of the night in Vitoria, the Elche players fell asleep at half-time, like the grandmother on the stretcher table after her chocolate gourd for the afternoon snack. They left clueless after the quarter-hour truce and, at 22 seconds, Casilla had to put in a miraculous hand after the opening play, in which Pellistri left behind for Joselu, who finished relentlessly from the penalty spot. But the diaphanous option of Alavés did not bring the visiting players out of their chocolaty lethargy, who did not close the corner kick, allowed Laguardia to comb at the first post and Loum to finish off in the second to overtake his team.

After a first part in which Elche first wanted to value his ways and then he allowed himself to go before the Alava push, which was sustained on a couple of good occasions, especially a double that Ximo Navarro had first, with the intervention of Casilla, and then Pere Pons, who fired close to the post. The most substantial arrival of Elche was specified in a shot by Lucas Boyé that Pacheco guessed.

But the teams came out after the break, Elche got lost at the start, Alavés scored and a very different game began. At first, enraged, the visiting team pressed and for a few moments it gave the feeling that the game was going to be very long for the Vitorians, but the changes that Calleja decided reactivated Alavés, which was better placed on the field, stopped the attacks from Elche, he stole in the medullary and scored the best arrivals in the second half, thanks to the dynamism of the Uruguayan Pellistri, who gave a couple of magnificent passes that did not end in a goal because Joselu did not have the scoring afternoon that he enjoyed his team in Cádiz.

Then came Carrillo’s non-goal, which again will fuel the controversy, because in principle it resembled that of Mbappé against Spain that caused so much controversy, but Gil Manzano went to see him at VAR and changed his first decision to signal offside. In that same action, Pacheco was injured, who had injured his ankle a few minutes before, but Elche no longer worried Sivera. Alavés, in three days, has added more points than in the first nine days.

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