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ELC
BCN
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CONFIRMED: It's going to the final day! Full-time: Malaga 1-1 Atletico.
90+3'
The full-time whistle sounds out. Barcelona face an anxious wait to see if Malaga can keep Atletico at bay. Remember: one Atletico goal will send the title to Madrid.
90+2'
Messi's free-kick is palmed clear unconvincingly.
90+1'
Barca have a free-kick on the edge of the penalty area! It's time for Messi to prove he's the best of all-time...
90'
Xavi's corner comes to nothing. Three minutes of added time signalled.
89'
 
Just before the corner... Coro comes off for the hosts. Fidel on.
Elche Substitution
88'
Rodrigues leads an Elche charge out in the final moments. Down the other end, Barca force a corner.
87'
Barcelona win a free-kick on the edge of the penalty area. Is this their moment?
86'
Elche have the ball. Atletico are still drawing. What a finish to the season.
85'
Barca pour forward in search of a late winner. Tello sees an effort blocked.
84'
Adriano unleashes an effort from distance which flies inches wide.
83'
Messi can't quite feed Iniesta inside the penalty area. Does anyone want to win the title? As it stands, all three big-guns are dropping points.
82'
 
Time for the super sub? Xavi replaces Fabregas.
Barcelona Substitution
81'
Bartra is penalised for a good old-fashioned challenge.
80'
Barcelona remain in the title race; but only just.
79'
WOW! Rodrigues pops up on the inside-left channel and has a great chance to end Barca's title bid... Just over! What. A. Chance.
Elche Substitution
78'
 
It's substitution time again. And it's another slow one. Carles Gil applauds every individual fan in the stadium before being replaced by Richmond Boakye.
77'
Fabregas' effort from the edge of the area deflects out for a corner.
76'
15 minutes to go. Barcelona have the ball. But they still look so despondent.
75'
 
Javi Marquez sets the record for the slowest substitution in Liga history. Two minutes later, Alberto Rivera joins the action.
Elche Substitution
74'
MORE MAJOR NEWS from elsewhere: Atletico 1-1 Malaga. If I was Barcelona, I'd score a goal. And fast.
73'
Fabregas gets his head down and charges at the Elche goal. Dispossessed by a fine sliding challenge.
72'
Sanchez dinks a cross towards the back-post but - yep, you guessed it - Manu claims.
71'
Alves pings in a cross from the right which Manu gathers at the second attempt.
70'
Into the final 20 minutes. Who fancies winning this?
69'
 
And that's Pedro's last act as he departs the action. On comes Cristian Tello. Will he be Barca's hero?
68'
BIG CHANCE! Pedro flashes a low cross across the face of goal but Alves mistimes his flick and completely misses the ball from inside the six-yard box.
Barcelona Substitution
67'
 
Perez goes into the book.
66'
WHAT IS HE DOING? Pinto wins a footrace with an opposition striker but then inexplicably embarks on a run inside his own half. He beats a couple of players and, after a stumble, eventually passes to a team-mate.
65'
MAJOR news from elsewhere: Atletico 1-0 Malaga. What an opportunity for Barcelona!
Elche Yellow card

Elche

Barcelona

64'
News from elsewhere: Celta Vigo 2-0 Real Madrid. Wow.
63'
Barca briefly break free of their sedentary selves and muster an attack down the left which Elche do well to defend.
Barcelona Yellow card

Elche

Barcelona

62'
 
Pedro goes into the book for impeding the goalkeeper. Seemed a bit harsh since he was outside the penalty area.
61'
Manu drifts off his line to claim a fizzed cross from the left. The stopper continues to haunt Barca.
60'
As Barca drift further into despair, Elche's confidence is rising.
59'
Rodrigues lines up a screamer from distance... One lucky fan is going home with the match ball.
57'
Messi can't quite bring the ball under his spell. The body language of the Barca players is poor.
56'
Here are some first-half stats for you.
55'
 
Elche saunter forward down the left but their progress is halted by the flag.
Barcelona Yellow card

Elche

Barcelona

54'
Around the grounds: Atletico 0-0 Malaga; Celta Vigo 1-0 Real Madrid. Thrilling stuff.
53'
This game badly needs a goal.
52'
Alexis Sanchez goes to ground in an off-the-ball incident. No foul.
51'
Elche counter at pace, Mascherano is left on his backside and a chance beckons. No it doesn't - the attack collapses.
50'
 
Sanchez goes into the book for a naughty handball.
49'
The hosts hoist the ball into the penalty area. Barca clear.
48'
The Elche defence was all over the place for that chance, but they survived.
47'
BIG CHANCE! Messi has all the time in the world to fire Barca ahead but - despite lots of neat tricks - the Argentine proceeds to fire straight at the keeper.
46'
We're back underway!
45'
Goalless at the break.
44'
Pedro dinks a shot over the bar after being found by Messi.
43'
 
Wham. Cisma goes into the book for a foul on Alves.
Elche Yellow card

Elche

Barcelona

42'
Manu shows great hands to keep out a drilled effort from distance. The stopper is having a fine game.
41'
Ouch. Two Elche players collide in bizarre circumstances. The hosts sportingly give the ball back to Barca, who had possession at the time of the incident.
40'
Manu gets a big fist on the corner and sends it into touch.
39'
Adriano ventures forward and wins a corner down the left.
38'
Messi flashes the free-kick at goal and Manu does well to tip it wide.
37'
Messi mentally prepares himself to take the free-kick.
36'
Handball? Yep. Alves' cross crashes against Domingo Cisma's arm.
35'
Dani Alves protests his innocence after conceding a free-kick midway inside his own half.
34'
We've had 34 minutes of absorbing football. It's time for a goal now, lads.
33'
Pedro is wearing his unhappy facial expression after his header whistles past the post.
32'
Marc Bartra accustoms himself with the turf after taking a tumble.
31'
Messi removes his chin from his sternum, spots a gap and hits a fizzing strike towards goal. Deflected behind.
30'
Elche unleash their own version of tika-taka to get out of a tricky situation near their own corner flag.
29'
Messi floats the set-piece into the mixer. Headed clear. Corner to Barca.
Elche Yellow card

Elche

Barcelona

28'
 
Messi goes down under pressure from Pelegrin. The Argentine rolls, tumbles, pirouettes and wins a free-kick. Booking for the Elche man.
27'
Perez puts in a crunching challenge on Alexis Sanchez. The referee isn't interested.
26'
Barcelona almost score from the resulting corner but Sanchez's effort lacks the required power or direction.
25'
Messi past one man, shrugs off a second and unleashes a shot. Palmed clear by Manu.
24'
MISS! Garry Rodrigues is unmarked at the back-post but can't divert his volley on target.
23'
Was Pedro blocked in the box? Probably, but you can't give a penalty for that.
22'
Whistles ring out as Barcelona enjoy a spell of possession. It's a bit too comfortable for the visitors at present.
21'
Barca are creating enough half-chances in the early stages to suggest a comfortable victory.
20'
 
SANCHEZ SAVED BY THE FLAG! The Chile international latches onto a clipped through ball. He must fire the visitors ahead... No, he's put it wide! Fortunately for him, the flag shot up. Blushes spared.
19'
Don't be silly. Barca play it short and proceed to stroke the ball towards the penalty area. It breaks to Fabregas in the penalty area but the Spaniard is suffocated by a host of white shirts.
18'
Now then. Barca force a throw right by the corner flag. Chance to fling it into the mixer?
17'
The referee, clearly bored by the opening exchanges, awards Barcelona a free-kick on halfway for the tamest of infringements.
16'
Alexis Sanchez pokes the ball through Sergio Pelegrin's legs but his brief victory is marred when he hauls the utility man to the floor.
15'
Ruben Perez has a crack from distance. Wild and over the bar.
14'
Iniesta has another chance to volley his side ahead but blasts narrowly wide. The visitors on top.
13'
PING! Iniesta crashes a spectacular volley against the crossbar. Looks like Manu got a slight touch on that. Top save.
12'
Alexis Sanchez's deft header almost catches the keeper unawares, but his centre-half charges across to smash the ball clear.
11'
The corner doesn’t come to anything. The home fans unite to vent their disapproval as the referee awards a goal-kick to Barcelona.
10'
And it gets better for the hosts as they force a corner.
9'
Dani Alves is adjudged to have fouled Carlos Sanchez. Chance for Elche to boom the ball forward.
8'
Cesc Fabregas floats beyond the opposition backline. Crowded out.
7'
Messi drops back towards his midfield but can't spark an attack.
6'
The sun beams down on Estadio Manuel Martinez Valero as Elche creep into the opposition half.
5'
Lionel Messi picks the ball up inside the opposition, throws a dummy and charges down the inside-right channel. Shot blocked.
4'
The hosts win a free-kick near the left corner flag which Jose Pinto flaps clear.
3'
Elche have scored just 29 goals all season so don't get your hopes up for a high-scoring game.
2'
Barcelona mount an early attack down the left flank. Bright start from the visitors.
1'
Here we go!
17:55
Barcelona’s objective is straight-forward: win the remaining two matches and become Liga champions. So much for a disappointing season.
17:50
TEAMS – Elche: Damian, Lomban, Pelegrin, D. Cisma, R. Perez, C. Sanchez, J. Marquez, Rodrigues, Carles Gil, Coro /// Barcelona: Pinto, Dani Alves, Mascherano, Bartra, Adriano, Sergio, Cesc, Iniesta, Alexis, Messi, Pedro.
17:45
Hello and welcome to LIVE coverage of Elche vs. Barcelona in La Liga. We get underway in 15 minutes.

Starting Line-ups

Elche
Barcelona
    • 1
      Manu Herrera
    • 5
      Cisma
    • Pelegrín
    • 4
      Lombán
    • 2
      Suárez
    • Sánchez
    • Rubén Pérez
    • 11
      Rodrigues
    • Javi Márquez
    • Carles Gil
    • 10
      Coro
Team Manager:  --
    • Sánchez
    • 10
      Messi
    • 7
      Pedro
    • Fàbregas
    • 5
      Busquets
    • 8
      Iniesta
    • 22
      Dani Alves
    • 15
      Bartra
    • 14
      Mascherano
    • 21
      Adriano
    • 13
      Pinto
Team Manager:  Luis Enrique
Substitutes
Players Sub Time
Substitutes
Players Sub Time
Goalkeepers
GOALKEEPERS
Goalkeepers G SAV GC GK FC FS Y R PEN Mins
Manu Herrera 0 6 0 9 0 0 0 0 0 90
Defenders
DEFENDERS
Defenders G GA SHO TA CLR COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
D. Cisma 0 0 0 7 4 0 4 0 1 0 0 90
Lombán 0 0 1 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 90
D. Suárez 0 0 1 0 7 0 2 0 0 0 0 90
S. Pelegrín 0 0 0 1 8 0 2 1 1 0 0 90
Midfielders
MIDFIELDERS
Midfielders G GA SHO PAS FK COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
Rubén Pérez 0 0 0 23 0 0 2 1 1 0 0 90
C. Sánchez 0 0 0 34 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 90
Rodrigues 0 0 0 18 0 0 1 4 0 0 0 90
Carles Gil 0 0 0 17 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 79
Javi Márquez 0 0 0 17 0 2 3 0 0 0 0 75
Forwards
FORWARDS
Forwards G GA SHO PAS FK COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
Coro 0 0 0 15 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 89
Goalkeepers
GOALKEEPERS
Goalkeepers G SAV GC GK FC FS Y R PEN Mins
Pinto 0 2 0 9 0 0 0 0 0 90
Defenders
DEFENDERS
Defenders G GA SHO TA CLR COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
J. Mascherano 0 0 0 1 4 0 1 0 1 0 0 90
M. Bartra 0 0 0 2 4 0 2 1 0 0 0 90
Adriano 0 0 0 1 2 0 3 0 0 0 0 90
Dani Alves 0 0 0 1 1 0 3 2 0 0 0 90
Midfielders
MIDFIELDERS
Midfielders G GA SHO PAS FK COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
A. Iniesta 0 0 1 64 0 2 0 3 0 0 0 90
S. Busquets 0 0 0 83 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 90
C. Fàbregas 0 0 0 83 0 4 2 1 0 0 0 81
Forwards
FORWARDS
Forwards G GA SHO PAS FK COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
A. Sánchez 0 0 2 38 0 0 3 2 1 0 0 90
L. Messi 0 0 3 42 1 3 1 1 0 0 0 90
Pedro 0 0 0 22 0 1 1 2 1 0 0 68
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