Elche beat Valencia 2-1 to deal the guests a 3rd consecutive loss within the Spanish league on Friday.
Valencia continues to battle after not changing a number of of its starters that it offered throughout the summer time switch window, together with Rodrigo Moreno, Ferran Torres, and Dani Parejo.
Elche dictated the primary half in opposition to a Valencia facet that was unable to threaten its space. José Fernández curled in a strike to provide Elche the lead within the nineteenth minute. Fidel Chaves added one other purpose with a pinpoint shot within the thirty seventh.
Valencia improved after halftime by way of the incursions of right-back Thierry Correia, however Elche goalkeeper Edgar Badía saved tries by José Gayà, Carlos Soler and Gabriel Paulista.
Valencia pulled one again after coach Javi Gracía despatched on Kang-In Lee. The South Korean midfielder threaded a cross by way of Elche’s protection that left left again Toni Lato alone to spherical Badía and rating with quarter-hour remaining.
Kevin Gameiro was then inches away from equalizing when he squirmed a ball previous Badía, just for Elche defender Gonzalo Verdú to clear it from the goal-line.
“We lacked depth within the first half, they gained all of the free balls and particular person matchups,” Valencia midfielder Carlos Soler mentioned. “We’ve got to struggle a lot more durable for every ball. Within the top-flight, you may permit your self to make errors, however you may’t play with out power and energy.
“It’s not time to sound the alarm bells. We’ve got to go ahead, step-by-step, however we even have to begin turning this round now.”
Elche, which was promoted this season, has made a wonderful begin with three wins, one draw and one loss.