It was Jonathas who seized all three points for Elche at Eibar on a rainy Monday, with just 4,109 spectators at Estadio Municipal de Ipurua who watched the Spanish La Liga clash between the two sides.
At 46 minutes the hosts’ winger Saul was replaced by Ander Capa after he was yellow carded a minute before the 45-minute mark.
After 50 minutes left-back Edu Albacar provided a cross towards striker Jonathas who headed in the only goal of the game, as the ball went home into the bottom-left corner of Xabi Irueta’s goal after the Eibar goalkeeper had made an error, and was yellow carded in the same minute.
Eibar’s attacking midfielder Mikel Arruabarrena was the third player to get booked in the match, as he got a yellow card two minutes after Elche’s breakthrough.
Dani Nieto replaced defensive midfielder Borja, the second change made by Eibar manager Gaizka Garitano, but a straight red card came four minutes after, with striker Federico Piovaccari given his marching orders from referee Eduardo Prieto.
Dejan Lekic replaced left-back Lillo, the final substitution from Garitano, a minute before Elche’s holding midfielder Federico Piovaccari received a yellow card on the 82nd minute.
Four minutes from normal time running out, Elche boss Fran Escriba decided to make his first change, with Rodrigues, replacing attacking midfielder Faycal Fajr, before Coro and Rafael Galvez replaced right-winger Victor Rodriguez and goalscorer Jonathas on the 90th and 93rd minutes respectively, before Prieto blew the whistle for full-time.
A game in where the visitors’ goalkeeper Przemyslaw Tyton played very well, making seven saves, saw 10th-placed Eibar continue their joint-worst record of four losses in their last four games in the Spanish top flight with bottom-placed Cordoba, while Elche, who have had four wins and two losses in their last six matches, hover just four points above the relegation zone, in 17th place.