Elche edges Almeria 1-0 in Spain


MADRID (AP) -- Cristian Herrera's second-half goal gave Elche a 1-0 victory against Almeria on Sunday and lifted the club above its relegation adversary in the Spanish league.

Elche improved to 24 points, two above Almeria and four above Valladolid, which sits in the last relegation place.

Herrera was well placed to redirect Javi Marquez's shot for the 58th-minute winner at the Manuel Martinez Valero Stadium. So far this season Almeria has conceded a league-high 27 goals in the second half.

Elche finished with 10 men after Damian Suarez was shown a second yellow card in the 90th.

Later, Atletico Madrid can take sole possession of first place with a victory against Real Sociedad, while Real Madrid can also pass Barcelona in the standings at Athletic Bilbao.