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Elche v Barcelona - as it happened

Pin Elche v Barcelona, La Liga 2020/21, matchday 20, 24/1/2021 - Official line-ups. BESOCCER
Elche v Barcelona, La Liga 2020/21, matchday 20, 24/1/2021 - Official line-ups. BESOCCER

Elche v Barcelona - as it happened

Paul Singh by Paul Singh @besoccer_com - 0 4,768

Join us for live coverage of the La Liga clash between Elche and Barcelona at the Estadio Manuel Martinez Valero. Lionel Messi is serving the final game of his two match suspension.

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FT: Elche 0-2 Barca!! All over in Elche and it was a comfortable win for the visitors. After a dull first 35 minutes, Barca picked up and De Jong gave them the lead before the interval. In the second half, it was all Barca again, but Elche spurned a glorious chance when Rigoni was through one on one and it was saved by Ter Stegen. They never had a sniff after that and then towards the end, as Elche threw more men forward, spaces appeared and Puig scored just before the end.
92'
Barca win a corner, buit nothing comes of it. Barca get the ball back and attack, but Elche clear and it's all over.
92'
Barca didn't seal it until late, but to be honest, Elche haven't really been in the game. They had their opportunity at 0-1 through Rigoni, but they missed it and that was that.
91'
Two added minutes.
90'
That's Puig's first senior goal for Barca.
89'
Barca finally get their second!!! It's been coming and Puig scores it! De Jong makes the goal with a lovely run to beat Luismi and get into the area and the Dutchman's chipped cross is headed in by Puig past Badia. Elche had to try.
88'
69% possession for the Catalans here.
87'
Elche sub: Pedri is replaced by Puig.
86'
Another save by Badia!!! Pedri plays in Griezmann who crosses for Trincao and his header is superbly saved by Badia! Superb reflexes!
85'
Free-kick to Elche, but nothing comes of it.
83'
Trincao!!! The former Braga man gets the ball on the far side and his shot across the keeper is well saved by Badia!
83'
Barca nearly make it 0-2!!
82'
Elche sub: Nino on for Victor Rodriguez.
80'
Free-kick to Barcelona here 35 yards from goal.
79'
Still 0-1 here and Elche are running out of time to try and find an equaliser.
76'
Corner for Barca now.
74'
Elche double sub: Tete Morente on for Guti and Rigoni, who missed that glorious chance, is on for Luismi Sanchez.
74'
Barca sub: Trincao on for Dembele.
73'
Huge shout for a handball by Barca, but the ref says no. The ball strikes the arm, but the ref says it's not handball as it's sliding along the floor and so it's not pen. Good call.
70'
Mingueza's cross into the area finds no one.
68'
Busquets is booked for a foul on Barragan and it comes with extra punishment. He's suspended for the home game with Athletic Bilbao next week.
67'
Pedri!!! He goes for goal from 20 yards, it deflects off Gonzalez and Badia readjusts to catch.
65'
Elche are losing 0-1, but apart from that glorious Rigoni opportunity, it's been all Barca. You get the feeling Elche's big chance has come and gone.
62'
Pedri passes to Griezmann who snatches at the ball and he can't hit the target.
59'
The game is much more open now.
57'
Badia!!!!! Barca counter through Pedri, he lays it off for Dembele whose effort is well saved by the Elche GK!!
56'
Rigoni!!!!!!!! How did you miss that??? Barca make an absolute howler at the back as Mingueza has his pocket picked, Rigoni is one on one with Ter Stegen and the German saves! Rigoni should have done better.
55'
Pedri picks out Griezmann with a pass and the Frenchman can't find the target.
54'
Boye catches Araujo on the foot and is penalised.
53'
Barca remain in complete control of this one.
50'
Barca wanted a penalty after the ball struck Gonzalez on the arm, but he had it in a natural position.
50'
Free-kick to Elche after Busquets goes in with his studs showing.
47'
Griezmann passes for Alba and his cross into the middle beats everyone.
46'
Back underway here in Elche!
45'
HT: Elche 0-1 Barcelona!! Half-time in Elche and after dull opening 35 minutes which saw Barca dominate possession without really threatening, Koeman's side picked up and De Jong put Barca ahead after Gonzalez couldn't deal with Braithwaite's cross. Elche came for the 0-0 and did their job for most of the half, but when Barca got better, their defence was breached. Join us for more shortly!
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A pass is sent forward for Griezmann who can't control it and it's half-time!
44'
Barca still in control of this one and are very comfortable now.
42'
They've just shown another replay and the ball was not fully over the line when De Jong touched it so it's De Jong's goal. I'm sure Diego Gonzalez will be pleased.
41'
We said Barca were picking up and they're now in front. Elche will have to be more ambitious now.
39'
Barca take the lead!! The ball is passed to Braithwaite on the far side, his cross goes into the corridor of uncertainty and Gonzalez knocks the ball into his own net as Griezmann was about to tap in. De Jong tries to tap it in on the line, but I'm not sure whether the ball was already in.
38'
The referee has gone over to have a word with Elche coach Jorge Almiron after some sarcastic clapping from the Elche bench when they were awarded a free-kick.
36'
Pedri!! Griezmann's free-kick hits an Elche man and the ball goes to Pedri who skews the strike well wide of the goal.
35'
The ref gives a free-kick to Barca for a shove on Dembele by Mojica. The Elche man doesn't like the call one bit, but it's a foul.
34'
Busquets!! Better from the Catalans!! Good move by Dembele, the ball goes to Pedri, who lays off for Busquets and the shot is straight at Badia.
32'
The comment in the 27th minute is still valid now. Next to nothing happening. If you've just joined us, you've missed nothing meaningful.
29'
Alba!!! The ball breaks to the Catalan just outside the area and he hammers wide of the goal!
29'
Dembele earns a corner for Koeman's men.
27'
More of the same here. Barca having possession in harmless areas and lacking that cutting edge to trouble Elche.
24'
Rigoni is penalised for a poor challenge on Mingueza and he gets a talking to from the ref.
23'
Elche are keeping Barca at bay here and they'll be happy with how things have panned out so far.
20'
Guti!!! Elche attack, Boye pulls off a spectacular backheel, the move continues and Guti heads Mojica's centre over the bar.
19'
Griezmann is caught offside.
17'
Braithwaite is fouled and it's another Barca free-kick.
14'
Corner for Barca which Josan concedes.
14'
A dangerous Elche ball in is dealt with by Barca and then they get a free-kick.
12'
Griezmann heads Dembele's free-kick and it's easy for the goalie.
11'
Gonzalez brings down De Jong and it's a free-kick for the visitors.
9'
Barragan nearly gets himself in a mix up after getting pressured by De Jong, but nothing comes of it.
8'
Elche go forward now through Josan and his cross rolls out of play for a throw-in.
6'
Chance for Araujo as he heads the corner over the bar from close range. Verdu went down for a few moments after bumping into his teammate, but he's fine now.
5'
Barca go forward and Braithwaite gets the corner off the defender.
4'
Braithwaite is fouled on the far touchline in his own half and he gets a free-kick.
2'
De Jong loses the ball, Elche attack through Boye and he passes to Mojica who is offside.
1'
Elche get us going from right to left in their usual kits! Barca in black!
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It's 20 degrees and sunny in Elche this afternoon. Lovely weather.
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Elche got a 2-2 draw at Valladolid in their last outing. D Gonzalez, Marcone and Victor Rodriguez and are in for Josema, Pere Milla and Alamo.
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From the Super Cup final XI, Braithwaite is in for Messi while Umtiti and Mingueza are in for Dest and Lenglet.
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Barca make several changes from the cup win over Cornella after extra time. Only Araujo, Mingueza, Braithwaite and Griezmann remain.
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No Lionel Messi for this one as he is serving the second of his two game suspension after getting a red in the Spanish Super Cup final v Athletic Bilbao.
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Valentin Pizarro Gomez is the referee while Jose Luis Gonzalez Gonzalez is the VAR.
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19th v 4th. 17pts v 34pts.
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Barca XI: Ter Stegen (GK): Alba, Umtiti, Araujo, Mingueza; Pedri, Busquets, De Jong; Griezmann, Braithwaite and Dembele.
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Elche XI: Badia (GK); Mojica, Gonzalez, Verdu, Barragan; Rodriguez, Guti, Marcone, Josan; Rigoni and Boye.
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Hello and welcome to live coverage of the La Liga clash between Elche and Barcelona!
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