Primera Liga: Elche grab 1-1 draw with Granada after late drama
Last Updated: 01/09/14 10:59am
Elche grabbed a 1-1 draw with Granada in a Primera Division clash that burst into life late on.
Both teams had chances in a goalless first half but the second looked to be petering out into stalemate, only for Fran Rico to give the visitors an 82nd-minute lead.
However, Elche found a response and David Lomban equalised at the death.
Elche's Edu Albacar had an early header tipped over by Roberto Fernandez and they went close again four minutes later when Cristian Jonathas headed Damian Suarez's corner wide.
Isaac Success had Granada's first real effort but his 20-yard strike flashed wide.
Garry Rodrigues tested Roberto with a left-foot attempt after Piti's corner was not properly cleared, but the keeper was equal to the task.
Granada grew into the game as the first half went on and Youssef El Arabi drew a close-range save from Przemyslaw Tyton.
The Poland international then also tipped Jonathas' shot around the post before Enzo Roco fired over from the resulting corner to leave the scoreline goalless at half-time.
The second half became scrappy, with Elche's Suarez and Rodrigues and Granada's Rico and Ruben Rochina all booked before the hour mark.
It was almost into the last 10 minutes before Granada were able to break their hosts down, but Dimitri Foulquier dragged his shot wide.
There was no such mistake from Rico two minutes later, though, the midfielder slotting home from six yards after being set up by Success.
But having fallen behind, Elche finally showed as an attacking force once more and snatched an equaliser in the first minute of injury time.
Albacar was the provider, crossing from the left for Lomban to finish at the far post.