Elche beat Villarreal to win at last and avoid setting worst-ever losing streak in LaLiga
Elche beat Villarreal 3-1 on Saturday to win their first LaLiga game this season and avoid a worst-ever losing streak in the top flight
LaLiga strugglers Elche beat Villarreal 3-1 on Saturday to claim their first victory of the season in the league and in the process avoided their worst-ever winless streak in the top flight.
This is Elche's centenary year and there were high hopes ahead of the new season after last term's 13th-placed finish.
But no club in Europe's top five leagues was worse off at the halfway stage, with Elche rock bottom of LaLiga after no wins, 13 defeats and six draws from their opening 19 matches.
Another loss on Saturday would have made it their worst-ever winless run in LaLiga, but Pablo Machin's men came out on top thanks to a Pere Milla hat-trick at the Martinez Valero.
Milla put Elche ahead early on and scored a penalty in each half to claim the points after Gerard Moreno had made it 1-1 midway through the first period.
Elche remain bottom of the table, 11 points behind Real Valladolid, Celta Vigo and Valencia (17th, 16th and 15th, respectively, and all still to play this weekend).
Their win leaves Serie A side Cremonese as the only club in Europe's top five leagues without a victory in the league this season.
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Ben Hayward is Weekend Editor for FourFourTwo. A European football writer with over 15 years’ experience, he has covered games all over the world - including three World Cups, several Champions League finals, Euros, Copa América - and has spent much of that time in Spain. He currently divides his time between Barcelona and London.