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Half-hour splurge sends Marbella on the way to resounding win

Paulo Vitor celebrates scoring his first Marbella goal.
Paulo Vitor celebrates scoring his first Marbella goal. / J. Rodríguez
  • Goals from Juanma, Paulo Vitor and Lolo Pavón rounded off a superb first-half for the hosts, unbeaten in 16

The league is ending much too soon for Marbella whose unbeaten run extended to 16 games with a resounding 4-0 victory at home to Don Benito on Saturday. This was the side's biggest win of the season and came as a result of an astonishing opening 30 minutes in which the hosts blew their opponents away.

After chances were spurned by Juanma and Paulo Vitor, the opener arrived in the 13th minute when Juanma beat his man to nod home Samu Delgado's cross.

Paulo Vitor then bagged his first in a Marbella shirt when he fired into the bottom corner from just outside the area after finding himself in acres of space on his favoured right foot.

The Brazilian then could have doubled his tally but for a fine save from Néstor Díaz to tip over the bar.

Defender Lolo Pavón then made it three with just half an hour on the clock, volleying home Samu de los Reyes' flat corner.

Despite changes from Don Benito boss, Juan Antonio García, very little changed in terms of the direction of the tie, though the hosts did ease off the gas.

The final goal came with 25 minutes left to play courtesy of Samu Delgado who made sure that the cross didn't go to waste, tapping home from a narrow angle at the far post.

Marbella sit in eighth place with the playoffs, mathematically at least, still within reach.