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Double relegation threat still looms for Marbella after goalless draw at home

Sergi consoles Añón after his costly penalty miss.
Sergi consoles Añón after his costly penalty miss. / J. Rodríguez
  • Captain Añón's missed penalty in the final minutes all but confirms relegation to the third tier, but will the Costa side drop even further?

Marbella are almost certain to be relegated after a 0-0 draw at home to Las Palmas Atlético on Sunday afternoon where captain Javi Añón had his 88th minute penalty saved.

In a first half lacking in chances, Callejón’s header and a shot from Juanmi that hit the crossbar were the closest the hosts could come to breaking the deadlock.

Into the second half, Marbella continued to struggle to create chances, although their performance improved after the introduction of Rafa Tresaco. As the game went on, Quezada and Granero were instrumental in some good passages of play but a breakthrough was still not forthcoming. The frustration among the 400-strong crowd was clear with chants of "Aira vete ya" (Aira out) directed against the Marbella boss.

With just minutes remaining, the Canarians seemed to have finally buckled under the growing pressure when Marbella were awarded a penalty when Redru was fouled. However, goalkeeper Sergi stretched out a hand to save Añón’s effort and to ensure the game finished goalless.

A double drop

The result means that Marbella lie eighth out of ten in their league grouping and with just two games remaining, look highly unlikely to usurp both Recreativo Huelva and Cadiz B to finish in the top six and avoid the drop.

This would mean that they spend the season’s second phase in the relegation play-off groups. If they manage to finish in the top two (out of eight) in the next round, they will only be relegated one tier to the newly formed Segunda RFEF. Failing that, they will suffer a double relegation to the fifth tier (Tercera RFEF), less than a year after missing out on promotion to Segunda.