Marbella's unbeaten run comes to an abrupt end

Javi Moreno battles for the ball with a rival player.
Javi Moreno battles for the ball with a rival player. / J. Rodríguez
  • A far superior Extremadura side dished out a reality check with a 3-0 thrashing on Sunday

It was a first defeat of the season for Marbella who came up against a dominant Extremadura side on Sunday. Having played three games in the last week, Marbella may look to fatigue as an excuse for their lacklustre performance, but nothing can be taken away from Extremadura, who made their victory look easy.

In the opening 15 minutes, the two sides were something of an even match, however it wasn’t long before the home side began to flex their muscles and put pressure on the visitors' goalkeeper.

In minute 20, Marbella went behind after a deserved Extremadura goal scored by captain Ledesma. Unfortunately, the Costa del Sol side were unable to find a decisive response. A chance did come as Sergio Narváez put his head on the end of Razvan's cross, but opposing keeper Manu García was able to watch his effort fly over the crossbar.

Looking to claw back control of the game, Marbella manager Fernando Estévez made a change at the break, bringing on Luis Rioja for Narváez but it was more of the same in the second half. Estévez then looked to Chus Hevia who came on for Miguelito, however Extremadura continued to mount pressure and the changes had little success in swinging the momentum of the game.

The hosts added a second goal in the 65th minute when Benito brought the ball down with his chest before smashing it into the net. From this point onwards, Marbella looked absent and their opponents played the ball around with ease.

The final nail in the coffin came in the 75th minute when Jesús Rubio’s corner was met by Pardo, whose header flew past a helpless Wilfred.

Fixtures are still coming thick and fast for Marbella and they will look to return to winning ways on Wednesday when they play Gimnástica Segoviana in the second round of the Copa del Rey.

Marbella’s next league game is against San Fernando FC (not to be confused with UD San Fernando who Marbella defeated last week).