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Marbella's unbeaten home run continues

Marcos Ruiz attempts a bicycle kick during Marbella's victory on Sunday.
Marcos Ruiz attempts a bicycle kick during Marbella's victory on Sunday. / J.RODRÍGUEZ
  • Goals from Luis Rioja and Corpas helped the hosts towards a 2-1 victory over Las Palmas Atlético on Sunday

Despite surrendering an early lead on Sunday afternoon, Marbella remain unbeaten at the Municipal stadium this season after a comeback win against Las Palmas Atlético.

The run looked under threat when in the 11th minute Las Palmas Atlético took the lead with a goal from Gopar. There was a hint of luck for the scorer who, following a corner, collected the ball on the edge of the area and directed his shot towards the Marbella. Keeper Wilfred may have collected the effort if it weren't for a deflection off Las Palmas defender Álex Suárez, which altered the ball's trajectory and diverted it beyond his reach, putting the visitors in front.

Marbella wasted no time in getting themselves back into the game. Wingers Corpas and Luis Rioja made a nuisance of themselves down both flanks. Their sharp movement dispersed the Las Palmas defence, leaving them unorganised and vulnerable at the back.

Indiano and Chus Hevia also made life difficult for the visitors; they played a series of cutting through balls, opening up the already exposed defenders, with a Marbella response appearing imminent. In the 16th minute, just five minutes after going a goal down, the lively Luis Rioja levelled the scores. His left-footed shot from the centre of the area was fired beyond goalkeeper Álex Guanche and into the back of the net, 1-1.

An incredible solo goal from Corpas put Marbella ahead before half time. Corpas refused to give up on a ball that looked destined to go out for a goal kick, and his efforts were rewarded. He picked up the ball and carried it along the line towards the opposition's goal, when he came face-to-face with goalkeeper Guanche, the winger managed to squeeze the ball between the goalkeeper and the front post and Marbella went into the break a goal up.

The second half was littered with half chances, with none of them promising any kind of breakthrough. The visitors improved and the ball was largely in Los Blanquillos' half, but the introduction of Sergio Narváez gave the home side more defensive stability, causing the opposition to resort to long-range efforts which Wilfred could watch sail over his bar.

Thanks to the victory, Estévez's men continue their unbeaten run at home and creep into the top half of the table. Marbella will now look to improve their away form when they play FC Jumilla in Murcia next Sunday.