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Marbella stroll to victory over Recreativo Granada

Marbella celebrate scoring on Saturday.
Marbella celebrate scoring on Saturday. / ADG
  • Granada's reserves were no match for the red-hot Costa del Sol side

Marbella made it two wins on the trot when they swept aside Granada's reserves whose inexperience showed on Saturday.

Although the hosts had more of the ball from the start, they failed to capitalise on their possession, and Marbella went ahead with their first chance of the game. Marcos Ruiz advanced down the left flank and gave the ball to Mustafá, who beat the keeper with a precise shot from the edge of the area.

Two minutes later, the Brazilian Paulo Vitor had an effort at goal from distance which sailed wide.

Granada’s response to this opening salvo did not bear much fruit; in fact, they only had one shot on target in the first half, Wilfred parrying an effort from Isma away for a corner with a quarter of an hour gone.

Marbella weathered this brief storm, and Paulo Vitor doubled their lead with 32 minutes on the clock, tucking the ball away after a deflected shot from Manel fell his way.

The second half continued where the first had left off, with the hosts working hard to create opportunities but finding little joy against a solid Marbella defence.

Paulo Vitor kills the game off

The visitors sealed the three points just past the hour mark, courtesy of Paulo Vitor again. Añón, having only just entered the field, played a delightful pass to the winger, who produced the finish the ball deserved, rounding the keeper and tapping the ball in.

The rest of the game was something of a non-event, with the hosts visibly deflated and the visitors content to sit back and defend their lead. The referee’s final whistle signalled Marbella’s fourth victory of the season, ensuring they remain in the play-off positions for another week.

Coach David García Cubillo was delighted with his team’s performance. “We showed that we’re a very solid team. Granada have lots of quality and speed, and we were able to deal with them very well. I’m happy with everything today, but above all with the win and the fact that we got a clean sheet away from home.”