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Marbella head into relegation play-offs on the back of another loss

Redru goes down under pressure from Sergio Rodríguez.
Redru goes down under pressure from Sergio Rodríguez. / J. Rodríguez
  • Esteban Granero gave the hosts the lead early on but a second-half collapse condemned the Costa side to yet another defeat

Marbella now have an extra week to gather their thoughts after a second-half capitulation saw them surrender an early lead and lose to Linense in the final game of the normal season on Sunday.

The hosts took the lead as early as the third minute when star signing Esteban Granero collected the ball on the edge of the area following a corner and fired it into the top corner.

The opening half hour was characterised by dominance from the home team, who scarcely surrendered any possession at all.

The second half started in much the same way and there was no inkling that a comeback was on the cards. In fact, Callejón should have doubled his side’s lead from relatively close range.

However, that proved to be their last chance. For Linense, who needed a victory to stand any chance of finishing in the top three to fight for promotion, a switch suddenly flicked and it was their turn to completely dominate the game.

Marbella were camped in their own half for the remaining half hour and the pressure eventually told eight mintues from the end when Pito Camacho equalised at the near post.

Into stoppage time and with virtually the final touch of the game, Coulibaly scored to put his side in the lead and secure their first ever win at the Antonio Lorenzo stadium - but not the top-three finish they craved.

Chants of “¡Aira vete ya!” (Aira out!) and the waving of white handkerchiefs immediately followed but his side must regroup as they wait to discover the fixture list for the relegation play-off where they must finish in the top three (out of eight) in the next round to 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.