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Slow start proves fatal for Marbella

After Sunday's result, Marbella sit in ninth.
After Sunday's result, Marbella sit in ninth. / Pepe Valero
  • The Costa side falls to a resounding 3-0 defeat after conceding in the first minute

Marbella spent the best part of Sunday swimming against the tide as they fell to defeat in Murcia.

An error from keeper Wilfred in the first minute gifted Real Murcia the opener and consequently the ascendency in the match. The stopper got in a mix-up with his defender, gifting Pedro Martín a chance to tap into the empty net.

This did nothing to settle the Costa side's nerves, but with a change of system to press higher up the pitch, this forced the hosts to play longer.

While Marbella had more of the possession, the chances they created did not overtly challenge Biel Ribas in the home goal. Rioja carved out his side's first chance but fired his effort over the bar. Minutes later, Chus Hevia had a go from a tight angle, the ball flying wide of the goal.

Their best chance of the half came in the 30th minute when the keeper parried Añón's strike back out towards the midfielder, but at an angle that prevented him pouncing on the rebound.

Marbella continued in charge of the ball in the second half but could not make the pressure pay. Chances again fell to Añón and Chus Hevia but neither could hit the target.

Murcia had no such issues at the other end as Santi Jara rounded off a perfect counterattack led by Pedro Martín to make it 2-0 with a shot back across goal from the right with his left foot.

Marbella could have reduced the deficit immediately but for the post denying Catena.

However, the definitive strike came in the 83rd minute when Chamorro slipped in Elady who sidefooted the ball under the advancing Wilfred.

Marbella currently sit in ninth place, just one point off the play-off places. They face Badajoz at the Municipal Stadium in Marbella on Sunday (12pm).