Marbella keep up the pressure at the top with win in Melilla

Marbella celebrate scoring in Melilla on Sunday.
Marbella celebrate scoring in Melilla on Sunday. / OPTASPORT
  • A superb goal from Luis Rioja in the dying minutes sealed the win for the Costa side

Marbella picked up a deserved victory on their travels to Melilla on Sunday which keeps the pressure on at the top of their Segunda B group table. The Costa del Sol side are level on points with leaders Cartegena, behind only on goal difference.

The visitors came out on top in a game they had under their control from start to finish, only conceding by virtue of a set piece.

Marbella had to weather a storm in the opening exchanges but nerves were settled in the 26th minute when full-back Carlos Julio gave his side the lead in fortuitous circumstances after his miskick created space for him to convert on the second attempt.

The goal calmed the away team who settled into a compact defensive shape, cutting off the supply lines, and attempting to strike on the counterattack.

This almost produced a second for Marbella at the start of the second half but keeper Dani Barrio came out on top in the one-on-one with Corpas.

Melilla knew that if they were to find a way back into the game, it would come through a set piece. And so it proved. Nacho Aznar climbed highest to meet Pelu's perfectly-weighted corner to level up the scores in the 67th minute.

Dani Barrio again came to the rescue, this time getting the faintest fingertip on the ball to divert Ferrón's effort out for a corner.

In the 85th minute came the moment of controversy. When Nacho Aznar took a tumble in the Marbella penalty area, he, like everyone else in the ground, was convinced he had won his side a penalty to win the game. However, the protests caused the home side's minds to wander and they were caught out by a quick ball over the top to Luis Rioja who powered a low left-footed strike into the far corner of the net to seal all three points with just minutes left on the clock.