Marbella mount an epic comeback to claim a point

Javi Moreno celebrates scoring Marbella's equaliser just before half time.
Javi Moreno celebrates scoring Marbella's equaliser just before half time. / Juanjo Úbeda (Opta)
  • The away side scraped a draw after receiving an early red card

Marbella pulled together to put in a heroic performance on their travels to Seville on Sunday. After falling both a goal and a man behind after just half an hour, all indicators pointed towards an easy victory for Real Betis B. However, the lead relaxed the hosts and Marbella, who showed their more pragmatic side, benefited from it.

Betis, who have had a strong start to the campaign, demonstrated their attacking prowess and dominated the early play. Loren ought to have given his side the lead after a quarter of an hour after Iván Navarro fed him the ball after a penetrating run, only for the number nine to sky the ball over the bar.

Navarro was involved again in the turning point of the game, fouled by Cartena in the penalty area, a red card the result. Loren stepped up to convert the penalty with a 'Panenka'.

This forced Marbella head coach Fernando Estévez to make a defensive change but that didn't mean throwing in the towel. In fact, his side were level just before the break when Javi Moreno got a toe onto a freekick from the left, ahead of the keeper who got caught in no-man's land.

The visitors could have doubled their advantage in the second half after Chus Hevia latched onto a long goalkick by Wilfred, but he scuffed his effort, allowing Pedro to parry it away.

At the other end, Betis were no longer finding it easy to break their opponents down as they put two compact banks of four behind the ball. The clearest chance came courtesy of an error from Carlos Julio, but the angle proved too much for Navarro who prodded the ball past the far post.

Marbella sit ninth in the table, four points off the play-off places. They play again on Wednesday, at home against Lorca Deportiva (12pm kick-off).