At this level, a lot can change in a week. Barely seven days ago, everything was going well, but Sevilla have been unable to win in any of their three matches since. After the gut-wrenching cup exit at the Camp Nou in midweek, Julen Lopetegui's side still have that bitter taste in their mouths after a defeat against Elche at the Martínez Valero, as the hosts scored two goals in quick succession late in the second half. Boyé and Carrillo scored for the hosts before Sevilla responded with a header from De Jong, but the visitors could not find an all-important second goal.
It was an overcast afternoon in Elche, and it seemed that the weather influenced the play. There was little space at all during the first half and chances were few and far between. Julen Lopetegui made sweeping changes to his line-up, with only Vaclík and De Jong retaining their places from Wednesday night. Fran Escribá's Elche opted to keep their lines in order and tried to break on the counter attack, a tactic which provided them with their first chance midway through the first half. It was a cross from the left-hand side which Guido Carrillo headed towards goal.
Chances were few and far between in the first half
Although Vaclík was well-positioned, Rekik opted to clear the ball for a corner and took no chances. Sevilla responded quickly and then had their only chance of the half. Escudero took a free-kick near the corner flag, and he tried his luck with a powerful effort, but Carrillo got a head to the ball and kept the scores level. The visitors had possession of the ball and tried to find space, but were unable to trouble the Elche rearguard. Raúl Guti also had a chance from the edge of the area after Sergi Gómez cleared another cross. There was a lack of intensity during the match as the referee blew for half time.