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Balaidos (ATT 15,000) 29th September 2013 - Kick off 16:00 Ref: Eduardo Prieto Iglesias

Celta Vigo Celta Vigo vs Elche Elche


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J Marquez (62)

Elche make history

Last Updated: 29/09/13 7:01pm

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Luis Enrique's Celta Vigo fell to defeat.

Luis Enrique's Celta Vigo fell to defeat.

Elche clinched their first Primera Division victory in almost a quarter of a century after beating Celta Vigo 1-0 courtesy of a second-half Javi Marquez goal.

The promoted side put their agonising midweek defeat to Real Madrid behind them to record a top-flight victory for the first time since they last appeared in La Liga back in the 1988-89 season.

Marquez was the match-winner with his precise 62nd-minute finish helping Elche double their points tally for the campaign and inflict a third defeat in four games on Celta.

Elche thought they had claimed a memorable 1-1 draw against mighty Madrid on Wednesday when Richmond Boakye levelled in stoppage time, but a controversially-awarded penalty converted by Cristiano Ronaldo minutes later left the Alicante side empty-handed.

That was a demoralising blow for Elche, whose coach Fran Escriba earned a one-match touchline ban for his complaints after the late defeat, but the responded in fine fashion on Sunday.

They almost took a second-minute lead through Manu Del Moral only for Celta goalkeeper Yoel Rodriguez to tip the shot wide.

Yoel was also called on to save from Marquez and Gil later in the half before the latter struck the post just before half-time as Elche pushed for the opener.

Celta, without a home win since Luis Enrique took the reins this summer, also posed an attacking threat in the opening period and Elche stopper Manu Herrera needed to be alert to save from Charles, Alex Lopez and Augusto Fernandez.

The chances dried up at the start of the second half but the first opportunity after the break saw Elche net what would prove to be the winning goal, Marquez racing into the area before drilling a low shot across Yoel and in off the base of the far post.

Celta could find no way back after that as Elche's defence held firm to seal a long-awaited win.

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Spanish Primera BBVA

Spanish Primera BBVA
Pos Team P Pts
1 Atletico Madrid 33 82
2 Real Madrid 33 79
3 Barcelona 33 78
4 Athletic Bilbao 33 62
5 Sevilla 33 56
6 Villarreal 33 52
7 Real Sociedad 33 51
8 Valencia 33 44
9 Espanyol 33 41
10 Levante 33 40
11 Malaga 33 38
12 Celta Vigo 33 37
13 Granada 33 37
14 Rayo Vallecano 33 37
15 Elche 33 35
16 Osasuna 33 34
17 Real Valladolid 33 32
18 Getafe 33 31
19 Almeria 33 30
20 Real Betis 33 22