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Marbella pegged back twice on visit to promotion rivals

The Marbella players congratulate Óscar after his goal.
The Marbella players congratulate Óscar after his goal. / ADG MEDIA
  • The Costa side came away with just a point after Óscar missed a penalty and the side twice surrendered their lead

Murcia. A point away at La Condomina is ordinarily reason for satisfaction. However, after missing a penalty and surrendering the lead twice on Saturday, Marbella came away disappointed from their visit to perennial promotion rivals UCAM.

The visitors got off to the perfect start and took the lead within three minutes when Mustafá pulled the ball back from the wing for Óscar to sweep home.

UCAM then came close to levelling scores twice in the 10th minute, first through Vicente Romero and then a header from Manu Justo.

However, the clearest chance was presented to Óscar. After Juergen was felled in the penalty area, the forward stepped up but his spotkick was saved by Iricibar.

Just three minutes after the break, Marbella suffered a setback of their own making. Keeper Wilfred spilled a cross into the path of Manu Justo who levelled the scores.

This put David Cubillo's side on the back foot but during their most difficult period of the game, they found a second goal completely against the run of play. Saúl González's close-range header gave them the lead for the second time.

However, rather than pushing for the second goal, the visitors took their foot off the gas and tried to defend their lead. This, however, proved to be a mistake and UCAM struck back once again, this time with ten minutes remaining, through another header from Aketxe.