Missed penalty sees Marbella pass up chance to increase gap at the top

Marbella's Esteban Granero evades an opponent's challenge.
Marbella's Esteban Granero evades an opponent's challenge. / J. Rodríguez
  • League rivals Cartagena dropped points but Óscar García couldn't capitalise from the spot

Marbella passed up an opportunity to extend their lead at the top of their Segunda B group on Sunday as they stumbled to a goalless draw at home to Linense.

Nearest challengers Cartagena themselves dropped two points at relegation-threatened Algeciras as David Cubillo's side struggled to impose themselves on a game that was rarely played outside of the middle third.

Creativity was lacking with very few chances created until a frantic exchange in the second half where both keepers suddenly became the centre of attention.

With little over ten minutes remaining, Linense keeper Montoya came flying out of his goal in an attempt to meet a long cross-field pass and brought down Óscar García right on the edge of the area. The referee ruled not only was it a yellow card for the keeper, but also a chance for the forward to give his side the lead from 12 yards out. He stepped up but hit his effort off the crossbar.

The ball then immediately went up the other end and Wilfred was called into action to spectacularly deny Dopi in the one-on-one.

Overall, nothing lost. But Sunday's showdown with Cartagena could now be decisive in who gets crowned group IV champions come the end of the season.