Damian Suarez's wonder goal helped Elche climb out of La Liga's relegation zone with a 2-0 win over 10-man Rayo Vallecano.
Elche moved off the foot of La Liga and out of the drop zone as Damian Suarez's stunning strike earned a 2-0 success over 10-man Rayo Vallecano on Monday.
The struggler came into the game two points from safety at the bottom of the table but lifted itself to 17th with just its fifth win of the season.
Suarez's goal arrived in the 21st minute and would have graced any stage.
After Rayo partially cleared a free kick, the ball ran loose to the defender, who smashed an effort into the top right-hand corner from 30 yards.
Rayo then saw Raul Baena dismissed 14 minutes from time after picking up a second caution and six minutes later, substitute Garry Rodrigues exchanged passes with Faycal Fajr and slotted low into the net to seal all three points.