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Marbella suffer first defeat in four months

Corpas struggles to cope with the Écija defence.
Corpas struggles to cope with the Écija defence. / Julio Rodríguez
  • Wasteful Marbella remain top despite defeat but Javi Moreno could have helped clinch a point but his late header was disallowed

Four months later and Marbella have experienced defeat again. An excellent goal from Sergio Moyita sealed all three points for a deserving Écija on Sunday afternoon. They did just enough to thwart the league leaders who were uncharacteristically wasteful in front of goal, but also had a second-half goal chalked off in controversial fashion.

Marbella paid their opponents too much respect in the opening exchanges, taking a cautious approach which allowed Écija to settle into a compact shape. Despite this, Corpas had a couple of chances in the first half but failed to really challenge the keeper, Molero.

Ezequiel and Moyita proved to be a very strong attacking combination for the home side, driving down the wings and creating openings that weren't seized upon by the strikers. The teams went into the changing room with the score level.

The shackles came off in the second half as both teams took more risks in the search of the opening goal. Álex Llamas carved out a golden chance for the hosts with a powerful run down the left before cutting the ball back for Francis who hit the ball miles over the bar.

Marbella responded in the 54th minute after Corpas found Ferrón with a precise cross that Molero tipped over the bar.

In the 68th minute Ezequiel very nearly scored after latching onto a long ball but was denied by the save of the match day from Wilfred.

The visitors didn't heed this warning and were caught out by a stunning dribbling display from Moyita, who powered his way through the Marbella defence before lifting the ball over Wilfred to give his side the go-ahead goal with twenty minutes left on the clock.

Javi Moreno, in the 400th match of his career, thought he had levelled the scores when he headed home a corner at the far, but the effort was controversially disallowed by referee González Mansilla after consulting with his assistant.

Despite the surprise loss, Marbella remain confident of winning the league. The Costa side are still top, level with Cartagena (who lost 2-1 in Murcia), with five games left to play.