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Marbella beat leaders Cartagena to claim top spot

Lolo Pavón attempts an acrobatic clearance.
Lolo Pavón attempts an acrobatic clearance. / Opta
  • The Costa side are now leaders of their Segunda B group for the first time since November 2016

Marbella's pursuit of promotion received a major boost on Sunday as they secured a win against league leaders Cartagena to leapfrog them into top spot. This was only the second time Marbella have won on this ground in their history. A single goal from Indiano was enough to help them climb to the top of Group IV of Segunda B, replacing their rival who had been there for fifteen match days.

Cartagena started the match the dominant side but hard work from Fernando Estévez's men and the goal in the 31st minute soon turned the match in Marbella’s favour, and allowed them to play some excellent football.

The Cartagena defence held a high line to mostly good effect, but the visitors did find some success. In the 19th minute, a searching cross from Indiano found Corpas, whose shot was saved by Marcos at full stretch.

Marbella were secure in possession and seemed determined to put it to good use. Añón, an inspiring figure up front, took advantage of a mistake made by the Cartagena defence to find Indiano, who scored a sensational goal. The visitors were inspired by this effort and dominated the rest of the first half.

In the second half, Cartagena again came out with a dynamism to their play but failed to create many opportunities. Marbella continued to dominate the match, with Indiano coming close to doubling his tally in the 79th minute.

Marbella have not been top of the division for fifteen months (since 20 November 2016, the thirteenth game day of the season) but this result leaves them in a good stead, with a ten-point cushion on UCAM Murcia who currently sit just outside the playoff spots in fifth.