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Añón and David Sánchez
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Last-gasp penalty costs Marbella third

  • A third draw in the last five fixtures keeps the club in fourth place

Miguel Álvarez saw his team throw away two more points in the final stages of a match in a 1-1 draw at home to Murcia.

A fortnight after San Fernando’s Lolo Garrido broke Marbella hearts, Sergio Guardiola delivered the same blow with a penalty which leaves Marbella fourth on goal difference.

The hosts initially relied on goalkeeper Manu Fernández to keep them in the game. He expertly prevented Guardiola’s effort from finding the top right-hand corner of the net, before denying the same player’s back-heel a few minutes later.

Marbella then took the lead through Añón’s back-post header from a corner.

The visitors responded, but were thwarted by the heroics of Fernández. The 30-year-old got to Borja Gómez’s scissor kick, before he saved Juanjo’s volley from Guardiola’s cross.

Zé Turbo came on for Marbella to replace Pedro Mérida and made an immediate impact, forcing Simón to turn his left-footed strike behind for a corner.

He then robbed the Murcia defence of the ball before being brought down by Borja Gómez when through on goal, resulting in a straight red card for the latter.

Six minutes later however, the on-loan forward spurned a great chance to double Marbella’s lead, a miss the hosts would come to regret when a clumsy challenge from Delmonte gave Guardiola the opportunity to equalise from the spot.

The on-loan Granada forward made no mistake for Murcia and struck a crushing blow to Marbella, who have now drawn three of their previous five fixtures.