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Elche begin 2021 against Athletic Bilbao on the road on Sunday in LaLiga, while Real Madrid take on Celta Vigo at home on Saturday.
Real Madrid are held to a 1-1 draw by Elche in their final LaLiga contest of 2020. Luka Modric put Los Blancos ahead with a close-range header after Marco Asensio struck the bar. The home side battled back in the second half after being awarded a penalty, which was converted by Fidel. Lucas Boye then struck the post for Elche, while at the other end Daniel Carvajal and Sergio Ramos were denied by Edgar Badia. The two teams earn a share of the spoils this evening.
90' + 4' SAVE! Verdu lines up the free-kick and drives his effort over the wall towards the top-left corner, but Courtois gets across and beats it away.
90' + 3' Carvajal brings down Tete on the edge of the Madrid box. Elche have the chance to threaten from a free-kick from 20 yards with potentially the last kick of the game.
90' + 1' Marcelo curls a dangerous cross into the box that Benzema tries to attack, but he fouls Verdu in the process, handing a free-kick to the home side.
90' There will be three minutes of added time.
89' CLOSE! Modric puts a cross from the left flank on a plate for Benzema six yards out. However, the Frenchman cannot flick it towards goal with the back of his head and the ball drifts wide of the right post. Agony for Madrid.
G. Carrillo
L. Boyé
87' Carrillo replaces Boye in the final third for the home side.
Vinícius Júnior
86' Asensio is replaced by Vinicius for the closing stages of the game.
86' Carvajal swings a cross in from the right flank and there is space for Asensio to attack the delivery, but it just evades the Spaniard and travels out for a goal-kick. Had Asensio anticipated the ball would sail over Benzema he might have been in there.
83' Madrid's approach has been pedestrian since their brief spell of pressure on the Elche goal. Badia and his defence has held firm since Modric's first-half header.
81' The game is drifting at the moment, which will suit the home team. They're edging their way to an important point in their battle against the drop.
79' Ramos has to time his challenge right to prevent Fidel from breaking away behind the Madrid defence and he gets the ball to quell the opening.
F. Valverde
T. Kroos
78' Valverde replaces Kroos in the Madrid midfield.
E. Hazard
Lucas Vázquez
77' Vazquez has played well today, but is withdrawn for Hazard.
76' The home side are defending well and are providing a threat on the counter. However, Madrid are beginning to up the ante in the final third.
Josan Ferrández
E. Rigoni
74' Josan is on for Rigoni in the final third for Elche.
Tete Morente
Víctor Rodríguez
74' Tete replaces Victor for the home side.
Gonzalo Verdú
Yellow Card
73' Verdu tries to control the ball with a high boot, but catches Carvajal. He is booked by the referee.
73' Boye proves to be a handful in the final third for Carvajal, winning a corner off the legs of the defender. However, the visitors are able to clear their lines from the resulting corner.
T. Kroos
Yellow Card
71' Kroos brings down Boye and goes into the book.
71' CHANCE! Ramos pounces at the back post after Marcone fails to clear his lines from Vazquez's cross. He tries to flick his effort over Badia, but the keeper spreads himself to make the vital block.
70' SAVE! Badia keeps the scores level with a fine stop. Carvajal pursues an offload down the right inside channel from Kroos and knocks the ball through the legs of Mino. He fires at goal on his left foot, but the Elche keeper gets down to produce a brilliant save.
69' OVER! Boye leads a charge upfield and cuts inside to evade Ramos. He shoots from the edge of the box, only to hammer his effort comfortably over the bar.
Yellow Card
66' Carvajal pulls back Fidel on the charge and goes into the book.
65' Madrid have a fight on their hands now. They've been second best since the restart and Zidane may have to look to his bench.
63' OFF THE POST! Boye is inches away from putting the home side ahead. Rigoni leads a break down the right flank and offloads to Boye in the middle. He does not pull the trigger first time round and instead has to turn. The forward curls a left-footed strike low towards the bottom-right corner, only to see his attempt clip the post and travel behind.
62' Modric latches on to a loose ball and goes for goal from 25 yards. His effort is tame and rolls straight into the hands Badia.
Yellow Card
60' Casemiro loses control of the ball on the edge of the Elche box and slides in to try to regain possession. However, he clatters into Josema and is booked by the referee.
58' SAVE! Vazquez beats the challenge of Fidel on the right flank and shoots from the inside channel. He directs his effort low and hard towards the near post, but Badia gets down to make the stop before Josema mops up the danger.
57' Modric releases the run of Benzema behind the Elche defence down the right inside channel. However, he loses the ball behind under pressure from Josema.
56' Madrid try to press Elche on the edge of their own box, but Kroos is overzealous and fouls Guti, easing the strain on the home side.
54' The home side have come out strongly in the second half and have been rewarded. Zidane will not be happy with Madrid's play since the restart.
Penalty Goal
52' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!! FIDEL CONVERTS!!! 1-1!!!! The home side are back in the game as Fidel beats Courtois from 12 yards. The winger strikes the ball hard and low with his left foot to find the bottom-left corner. Courtois goes the right way, but cannot reach it. Game on.
51' PENALTY TO ELCHE! Carvajal pulls the shirt of Barragan as he tries to attack a cross from Guti and the referee points to the spot.
51' Elche win their second free-kick of the half on the left flank as Casemiro fouls Guti.
50' Victor swings his delivery into the box on his right foot, but the visitors clear the danger from the cross with ease.
49' Modric brings down Mino on the left flank and Elche have a free-kick in a useful position.
46' We're back underway in this LaLiga clash.
Zinedine Zidane will be urging his side to up the ante in the final third. They've had control of the contest, but have not been overly active in the final third. Los Blancos do not want to give the home team hope of salvaging a point heading into the final 10 minutes. 
Real Madrid hold a 1-0 lead over Elche at the break in their LaLiga clash. Luka Modric put Los Blancos ahead with a close-range header after Marco Asensio's strike from distance hit the underside of the bar. Madrid have been on top throughout, but since taking the lead have been quiet. Elche have been restricted to one chance, which saw Emiliano Rigoni's strike saved by Thibaut Courtois.
45' There will be one minute of added time.
45' Casemiro sends Asensio down the right inside channel, but the Spaniard takes a poor first touch and sends the ball out for a goal-kick.
43' Asensio fires the ball into the box low and Ramos tries an audacious flick, but sends it away from the Elche box. Madrid recycle possession, although the attack soon ends as Badia claims a poor cross from Vazquez.
42' Mino is a fraction late on Vazquez, clipping the ankles of the Spaniard. Madrid have a free-kick on the right flank that Asensio will swing into the box.
40' Rigoni surges down the right flank and cuts the ball back towards Boye on the edge of the box. However, Varane reads the danger and intercepts the cutback for the visitors.
38' VAR! The penalty is rightfully rescinded as the referee spots on the screen that the ball indeed strikes Marcone on the knee rather than the arm.
37' PENALTY TO REAL MADRID! The referee points to the spot as he believes the ball strikes Marcone on the arm from Modric's offload. Elche are furious with the decision and rightfully so. It hits the midfielder on the knee.
35' Vazquez cuts inside from the right flank and lifts a cross into the path of Marcelo. The Brazilian tries an audacious pass wtih his shoulder to Benzema, but Badia comes off his line to gather ahead of the forward.
32' Fidel is played into space down the left flank by Victor. He tries to line up a cross, but it loops up off Carvajal and is claimed with ease by Courtois.
31' Benzema tries to leap to connect with a header from Ramos' cross, but the ball just evades the forward. He looks to the referee after feeling contact from Josema, but the official points only for a goal-kick.
29' BLOCK! Victor races back to cover in the box for the home side. He produces a vital block on the slide to divert Vazquez's strike wide of the target after the Spaniard is teed up by Carvajal.
27' Kroos whips his free-kick in with pace, but Josema rises highest in the box and is able to clear to the left inside channel before Mino does the rest.
26' Barragan blocks off the run of Marcelo on the left flank. The visitors win a free-kick in another useful position.
25' Madrid have total control of the game and are completely in rhythm in their passing. Elche have to break up their possession game.
24' Kroos lifts a dangerous cross into the box, but Ramos is in an offside position, which quells the attack.
23' Mino brings down Vazquez on the right flank and it hands Madrid a free-kick in a useful position.
Sergio Ramos
Yellow Card
21' Ramos brings down Guti from behind and the referee brandishes his yellow card at the Madrid skipper.
L. Modrić
20' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!! MODRIC HEADS HOME!!!! 1-0 MADRID!!! Los Blancos take the lead as Modric converts with a close-range header. He starts the move before Kroos picks out Asensio. The Spaniard drills a strike from distance towards goal that smashes off the underside of the bar. Modric is the first player to react and he steers his header away from Badia into the top-right corner. Predatory from the midfielder.
17' Rigoni has space on the right flank to run at the Madrid defence. He cuts back across the edge of the box, but his offload towards Boye travels straight through to Courtois.
16' Casemiro causes problems once more in the final third. However, the home side are able to scramble Marcelo's cross away from the midfielder.
15' Casemiro probes on the edge of the box and forces a pass through to Vazquez, but he sees his cross repelled by Mino.
13' OFF THE BAR! Marcelo comes within inches of putting the visitors ahead. Kroos' lofted pass forward is flicked on by Casemiro into the path of the Brazilian. He strikes on the up with his right boot, firing his effort past Badia. However, it strikes the underside of the bar and bounces clear.
11' Elche cannot sustain the pressure as Boye fouls Courtois in the air from the resulting corner from Victor.
10' SAVE! Rigoni is played into space down the right flank and he cuts inside past the challenge of Marcelo. The forward shoots low and hard on his left foot toward the near post, forcing Courtois to push the ball wide of the post.
7' Modric has space on the right flank and lifts a cross into the box. Badia commits himself and punches it away from danger.
6' Ramos angles another pass deep over the right flank searching for Carvajal, but it just evades the Spaniard and travels out for a throw-in.
4' Ramos lifts a ball over the top looking for the run of Benzema, but the Frenchman is a fraction offside as he takes possession.
3' WIDE! Kroos has an excellent chance to put the visitors ahead as he latches on to Vazquez's cross from the right flank. The German is in space at the back post, but can only place his headed effort wide of the right stick.
1' We're underway in ths LaLiga contest.
Elche have lost their last eight LaLiga games against Real Madrid, after losing only two of their previous seven against them in the top-flight (W2 D3 L2).
Real Madrid have also made three changes to their side tonight from their win over Granada. Mendy drops to the bench as Marcelo returns to left-back. Modric and Asensio get the nods to start in the midfield and final third respectively. Valverde drops to the bench, while Rodrygo Silva is sidelined due to a leg injury.
Elche have made three changes to their side that drew against Osasuna last time out. Josema slots into the back four to replace Dani Calvo, who out of the starting line-up. Victor and Guti start in the middle of the park in place of Tete and Josan, who also slide down to the bench.
REAL MADRID SUBS: Eder Militao, Eden Hazard, Nacho Fernandez, Andriy Lunin, Federico Valverde, Luka Jovic, Alvaro Odriozola, Vinicius Junior, Martin Odegaard, Ferland Mendy, Mariano Diaz, Diego Altube.
REAL MADRID (4-3-3): Thibaut Courtois; Daniel Carvajal, Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane, Marcelo; Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Casemiro; Lucas Vazquez, Karim Benzema, Marco Asensio.
ELCHE SUBS: Diego Rodriguez, Nino, Pere Milla, Tete Morente, Dani Calvo, Luismi, Josan, Youssouf Kone, Jeison Lucumi, Guido Carrillo, Cifu, John Donald.
ELCHE (4-4-2): Edgar Badia; Antonio Barragan, Gonzalo Verdu, Josema, Juan Sanchez Mino; Victor Rodriguez, Ivan Marcone, Raul Guti. Fidel; Lucas Boye, Emiliano Rigoni. 
Real Madrid have to maintain the pressure on Atletico Madrid at the top of the table tonight. Zinedine Zidane's side have won their last six matches in all competitions, including their 2-0 triumph over Granada in their last outing. Los Blancos are firing on all cylinders at the moment and will be desperate to sustain their momentum.
Elche begin the evening sitting outside of the relegation zone on goal difference in the LaLiga table. Jorge Almiron's men are winless in their last eight games in the league, last recording a victory in October. Elche played out a 2-2 draw in their last match against Osasuna, battling back twice from behind to earn a point. However, it's going to take a flawless effort tonight to pull off a positive result.
Good evening and welcome to live commentary of the LaLiga clash between Elche and Real Madrid at the Martinez Valero.