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Marbella's Copa del Rey dream is over

Juergen carries the ball for Marbella.
Juergen carries the ball for Marbella. / J. Rodríguez
  • The third division Costa side took top-flight Real Valladolid all the way to penalties after a 1-1 draw

Some 4,200 spectators packed into the Antonio Lorenzo stadium in Marbella on Saturday in the hope of urging their team on to the next round of the Copa del Rey - with the potential of drawing a Champions League opponent.

It looked like it may have been possible for a while. Third division Marbella took a first-half lead against top-flight Real Valladolid with a wonder strike from winger Paulo Vítor which caught on-loan Real Madrid keeper Andriy Lunin completely by surprise. The Brazilian unleashed an effort from the left flank which swerved and dipped just under the crossbar to the home fans' delight.

The hosts deserved their half-time lead but the visitors, boosted by the presence of club president Ronaldo Nazário in the stands, started to show their class in the second half.

Second-choice Marbella keeper Santomé came to the rescue twice. The first saw him block former Malaga striker Sandro Ramírez in a one-on-one; the second was a quite spectacular reflex save to deny the same man's header.

However, the 21-year-old keeper could do nothing to stop Enes Ünal firing in from the angle with just five minutes left on the clock.

Extra time didn't yield the decisive goal, despite former QPR midfielder Alejandro Faurlín passing up a golden opportunity for the hosts.

This meant it went to penalties and after Marbella missed their first two spot-kicks (Elías and Dani Pérez), Valladolid booked their passage into round three.