A late goal from the Melilla striker defeated the ‘tricolor’, who remained in the match thanks to the interventions of Ratti
Andorra fell again at home in Elche (2-1) and added its third consecutive defeat in a match where the Pyrenees fought until the end, but a goal by Borja Garcés in the 90th minute left them very touched and showed their defensive fragility. The Elche breathe a little easier after getting the three points in the final stretch before a crowd that has seen him win the three matches of his locker.
New day and more changes in the eleven of Sarabia. Nico Ratti returned to the goal of Andorra for the discomfort of Dani Martín, who was consolidating as a starter. The coach repeated the defensive line, Jandro returned to the core, and Pablo Moreno started in attack with Scheidler and Iker Benito. The ‘tricolor’ suffered the first scare at thirteen minutes, when Nico Fernández took a dry shot from the front that Ratti cleared with his fists.
Elche was being the protagonist of the first actions of danger and his goal would not be long in coming. In a good combination on the right wing, the ball came to Sergio León, who played with Óscar Plano and, in the second instance, put an accurate shot at Ratti’s goal in the 23′. The Elche advanced, taking advantage of a defensive ‘pajama’ of Andorra that has been usual away from home. Those of Beccacece knew how to do damage for the sides, who suffered too much with the boarding schools of Fidel and Lautaro Blanco. Sarabia changed the three Centre-backs in the face of incessant local pressure, leaving the lanes to Iker Benito and Migue. This surprised Elche and allowed the Pyrenees to stretch a little, but the little offensive inspiration of Andorra augured bad consequences.
The Bilbao coach made the most unexpected decision with his double change in defense at half-time. Álex Pastor was ready to play his first minutes of the season and Marsà reinforced the back on the left. Andorra regained control of the game and entrusted Iker Benito’s side with their initial attacks, with several dangerous arrivals to the baseline. Manu Nieto entered at the tip of the attack and it was enough a touch to receive from behind and enable Scheidler, who scored with great definition his first goal with the Andorra shirt in the 64′.
The Elche were activated after the ‘blow’ of the goal and the game began to break. Nico Ratti saved his team after stopping a powerful shot from Sergio León and also with several anticipations of merit to the centers of Elche. Both coaches were aware that the duel could be decided by one of the two sides and took out all their weapons.
Lobete and Álvaro Martín, for Andorra, and Borja Garcés, Morente and Castro in the locals gave fresh air up and the two sets worried the goalkeepers. Ratti again established himself as a hero by clearing two strong shots from Bigas and Morente, with Pastor debuting with note taking interns providentially. Elche was being the owner of the last minutes and Garcés was in charge of turning Martínez Valero upside down in the 90 ‘ahead of Pastor to finish with a header and put the 2-1 on the scoreboard. Blow
hard for the Andorrans, who tried until the end but the forces did not give for more. Andorra added its fourth consecutive match without winning and remains in positions of danger (18th) after the victory of the locals, who leave the relegation zone.