It was a tale of two halves for Cádiz, in the first 45 minutes they hardly had a sniff of goal as they failed to create a clear cut chance, however, in a second stratospheric half, Álvaro Cervera’s changes turned the game around as they claimed all three points on Saturday at the Estadio Ramón de Carranza as they beat Elche 5-1.
Elche had started the match well, stamping their authority all over the pitch with Sory Kaba looking especially dangerous and Cifuentes did well to keep his side on terms after several early chances, though Kaba did eventually break the deadlock in the 9th minute as his header found the bottom left hand corner following an Ivan Sanchez cross. Cádiz offered very little for the rest of the first half as they hardly challenged Francis in the Elche goal.
Following halftime Álvaro Cervera turned to his bench as he introduced Salvi and Lekic and these changes brought almost imitate success as Cádiz levelled the game on 50 minutes after some great play by Lekic, who put the ball on a plate for Correa to perforate the visitors’ goal.
13 minutes later the home side had the lead and again Lekic was involved as he headed in from Salvi’s cross. And only a few minutes later, Cádiz were awarded a penalty after Gonzalo Verdú fouled Marcos Mauro which was dispatched by Jose Mari to make it 3-1. Cádiz went on to score their forth in the 72nd minute as it was Lekic providing the assist this time to allow Salvi to score with a left footed shot. It only took 2 more minutes for the route to be complete after some great play from the right wing by Salvi to set up Manu Vallejo who finished off the day’s scoring.
A superb victory for Cádiz in which they showed the essence of a good team with a great coach on the bench whose changes made all the difference in this tremendous match.