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Marbella's defense remained firm
Marbella's defense remained firm / José García Simón

Nico goal brings Marbella's losing streak to an end

  • After five winless games, Marbella capitalise on a one man advantage throughout the second half to beat Jumilla 1-0 away from home

Marbella's misery came to an end on Sunday with a 1-0 victory away to Jumilla, after five consecutive games without a win. It was only the second victory the club have enjoyed since the dismissal of Mehdi Nafti in February, in a period which has also seen the club hire two new managers, the recently resigned Miguel Álvarez and the newly installed Rafael 'Fael' Becerra Cortés.

The first half had a lively beginning. Soon after kick off Jumilla had their first chance with a decent shot from their striker Pablo Morgado. Marbella responded quickly with a header from Joseba but the central midfielder's effort was lacking in quality and was cleared by the Jumilla goalkeeper. However the remainder of the first 45 minutes of the game were very lethargic with both teams offering little more on the attacking front.

Just before the whistle blew for half time, Jumilla right-winger Chirri was dealt a second yellow, gifting the visitors a one man advantage with a full half still left to play.

In the opening minutes of the second half, the hosts seemed undeterred by Chirri's sending off as they dominated posession which eventually saw a clear chance for left-winger Fran Moreno after being nicely set up by Julio de Dios. However Marbella keeper, Berna, and his defense were able to ward off the threat.

In the 68th minute Marbella finally capitalised on their extra man, as a corner fed a nico header which put the visitors 1-0 ahead. For the rest of the match, Marbella provided little to create another goal to cement the win, preferring to defend their lead instead, and the largely humdrum fixture finished 1-0.

Although it is now mathematically impossible for Fael's side to reach the playoffs after their defeat to Villanovense last week, the three points from this victory could help them to secure a place in next season's Copa del Rey.