Marbella stay top despite surrendering the lead late on

Alonso executes a headed clearance.
Alonso executes a headed clearance. / CASIMIRO MORENO
  • The Costa side dropped two points after conceding from the spot in the closing stages

A dramatic clash between Badajoz and Marbella on Sunday ended in a point apiece after the hosts fought to grab a late equaliser despite bossing the play for large periods of the game.

Badajoz played with their characteristic high pressure style from the outset, but the visitors coped with this well and didn’t let it intimidate them, demonstrating in the Nuevo Vivero why they are leaders of Group IV of Segunda B.

There wasn’t an attempt on goal until 33 minutes into the match. The home side’s Álex Rubio broke down the right wing and found Ruano, who had cut in from the left, with a precise cross, but the striker could only hit the post. On the 43-minute mark, a centre from Ruano found Juanma, but he was surprised by Wilfred, who rushed out to shut down the attack.

In the second half, the match became even more exciting. In the 53rd minute, Juanma passed to Álex Rubio, whose powerful shot was saved by the outstretched hand of Wilfred. Soon after, Badajoz had another excellent chance as they outnumbered Marbella 3 to 2 on the attack, but the cross was cleared by Alonso.

Marbella’s goal came in the 72nd minute, when a precise pass from Fernando split the home side’s defence, allowing Corpas to slot the ball neatly past Fernando.

Two minutes later, Indiano conceded a penalty after fouling Álex Rubio. Juanma’s shot had the beating of Wilfred, but also of the post. However, with stoppage time approaching, the hosts would get a second chance from the spot after Carlos Julio brought down Juanma. This time Álex Rubio curled the ball neatly past Wilfred to level the game.

Despite robbing them of the win, Marbella remain six points above third-placed Extremadura, and nine points above the sixth-placed team in the table, Melilla.