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Lacklustre defence costs Marbella dearly

Damián Petcoff controls the ball under pressure
Damián Petcoff controls the ball under pressure / Juan Obrero. Opta
  • Two major defensive errors took their toll in a match that leaves Marbella off the pace at the top of the table

Marbella drew 2-2 at El Arcángel against Córdoba’s second team in an open match dictated by defensive errors that could have gone either way. The hosts could have clinched it in the final minutes but José Antonio González’s goal was disallowed for a marginal offside. Meanwhile the visitors had an appeal for a penalty on Okoye turned down.

Marbella took the initiative from the start but it was short-lived as the hosts scored after 12 minutes, with Moha Traoré taking advantage of Andrés’ botched clearance to round Guille and slot into the empty net. Nafti’s side regathered themselves and started to go on the offensive, albeit without significant danger to the opposition goal.

They attacked down the left wing with good play from Goti and Andrés, while Okoye again caused problems for the defence. However, just as Córdoba were starting to play their way back into the game, Marbella equalised through Damián with a great shot from the right hand side of the box.

After the break, Marbella were pushing hard to get ahead in the scoreline, but Okoye could not find the target from a decent delivery in from the left with Valera’s goal at his mercy. The hosts were struggling to deal with the opposition’s crosses, with a few nervy clearances.

However, after a long ball deceived Michere, Traoré had a clear chance to double his tally and put his side in front, but Guille closed down the angle to deny the striker from hitting the back of the net. The visitors reacted immediately, with Lolo just missing the target from a corner.

Kike Márquez stars

Marbella continued to impose themselves on the match, even more so after the arrival of Kike Márquez, who was the driving force behind their attack, but it was Córdoba who took the lead. José Antonio González got on the end of Traoré’s cross to head home to restore the host’s advantage. However, the visitors took just two minutes to respond, with Okoye pouncing on a bad mistake from Pablo Vázquez to restore parity once more.

The final ten minutes were a frantic affair, with Marbella appealing for a penalty after Okoye went down in the box in a play that ended with Lolo forcing a pair of saves from Valera. However, the point could have easily vanished from the visitors’ hands in the final moments as Okoye was sent off for a second offence and González’s finish was ruled out for offside.