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Spanish Primera BBVA

Manuel Martinez Valero (ATT 31,240) 24th November 2013 - Kick off 18:00 Ref: A Undiano Mallenco

Elche Elche vs Valencia Valencia

Elche 2

Fidel (57)
C Herrera (84)

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Valencia 1

J Bernat (73)

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Elche stun Valencia

Last Updated: 24/11/13 8:49pm

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Stevanovic of Elche competes for the ball with Fede of Valencia

Stevanovic of Elche competes for the ball with Fede of Valencia

Substitute Cristian Herrera netted a late winner on his Primera Division debut for Elche as Valencia were made to pay for a host of missed chances in a 2-1 defeat.

Valencia spurned a number of clear openings during a goalless first half and Elche made the most of their fortune by taking a 57th-minute lead through Fidel Chavez.

Los Che finally made one of their many opportunities count when their own substitute Juan Bernat drew them level in the 73rd minute, but it was another replacement who decided the game as Elche striker Herrera slotted home the decider six minutes from time.

The result lifts Elche on to 17 points and level with Valencia, who have now lost four of their last six Primera Division matches.

It should have been a completely different story for Miroslav Dukic's men, though, and they only have themselves to blame after failing to capitalise on their numerous openings.

Ricardo Costa contrived to hit a great chance against the bar in the 16th minute and Federico Cartabia, Jeremy Mathieu, Dorlan Pabon twice and Sergio Canales all tried their luck before the break, with a mixture of indifferent finishing and good goalkeeping from Manu Herrera denying them.

It was a similar story after the break, with Javi Fuego heading a free-kick just wide of the near post for the visitors in the 52nd minute.

Five minutes after that Valencia were trailing as Fidel did superbly to contort his body to get on the end of Edu Albacar's driven cross and send a glancing header in off the far post.

Valencia continued to create - and miss - chances after that, with Jonas shooting over before the Brazilian striker was denied by Manu when one-on-one. The rebound fell to Pabon but his header was cleared off the line.

Soon after that Dukic decided to throw Bernat into the action, Pabon the man to make way, and the move paid immediate dividends with the sub equalising seconds after his arrival.

Manu did well to save after Bernat had acrobatically volleyed a deep cross goalwards, but the rebound went back to the 20-year-old and he thumped home a left-footed shot.

Valencia pushed for a winner but, after Manu had parried a shot from Helder Postiga, it was Elche who snatched the points when 22-year-old Herrera - who had only been on the pitch five minutes - got in the end of Ferran Corominas' pass into the area and fired a low shot across Diego Alves and into the net.

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Spanish Primera BBVA

Spanish Primera BBVA
Pos Team P Pts
1 Atletico Madrid 38 90
2 Barcelona 38 87
3 Real Madrid 38 87
4 Athletic Bilbao 38 70
5 Sevilla 38 63
6 Villarreal 38 59
7 Real Sociedad 38 59
8 Valencia 38 49
9 Celta Vigo 38 49
10 Levante 38 48
11 Malaga 38 45
12 Rayo Vallecano 38 43
13 Getafe 38 42
14 Espanyol 38 42
15 Granada 38 41
16 Elche 38 40
17 Almeria 38 40
18 Osasuna 38 39
19 Real Valladolid 38 36
20 Real Betis 38 25