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Marbella FC’s Thrilling Third Consecutive Draw Ends in 1-1 at Orihuela!

February 12, 2024
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Marbella FC Secures Third Consecutive Draw Against Orihuela

Marbella FC secured their third consecutive draw on Sunday in a match against Orihuela, which was marked by several controversial decisions by the referee. The referee awarded a non-existent penalty to the home team, failed to see a handball that should have resulted in a penalty for Marbella, and disallowed a goal for offside. Despite these setbacks, Marbella FC has managed to remain unbeaten in their last five matches, with two wins and three draws.

Marbella FC’s Performance in Orihuela

In Orihuela, Marbella FC competed well and had opportunities to win, but were disadvantaged by the referee’s decisions. With Dago out due to an accumulation of cards and Harper recovering from an injury, the team had to play without a key striker, with Hugo Rodriguez filling the position. Marbella FC started the match well and quickly took the lead with a deserved goal.

Key Moments of the Match

Aitor Puñal threatened the home team’s goal with a header at the 7-minute mark, which was saved by the local goalkeeper and sent to the corner. Following the corner kick, Puñal managed to score the first goal of the match. The home team reacted and took control of the match, eventually equalizing through a non-existent penalty awarded by the referee at the 25-minute mark, which was converted by former Marbella player Juanmi Callejón.

Second Half Developments

After the break, Marbella FC regained control and created chances, but the referee’s decisions continued to be decisive. Marbella FC claimed a penalty for a handball by Revilla at the 48-minute mark and also scored a second goal through Carrasco at the 88-minute mark, which was disallowed for an alleged offside. The home team was reduced to ten men at the 79-minute mark when local player Camacho received his second yellow card.

Final Moments and Match Outcome

In the 90th minute, Ale Benítez had the clearest chance of this stage of the match, but the local goalkeeper made a good save. The match ended in a draw, making it the third consecutive draw for Marbella FC, who remain fourth in the league with 36 points, the same as third-placed Águilas.

Match Details

The match took place at the Municipal Los Arcos stadium. The referee, Moreno Muñoz from Murcia, booked local players Kamal, Diego Espejo and Camacho, who was sent off in the 79th minute. Visiting players Óscar González, Rafa de Vicente, Ale Hernández, Aitor Puñal and Harper were also booked. The goals were scored by Aitor Puñal for Marbella FC at the 10-minute mark and Juanmi Callejón for Orihuela CF at the 26-minute mark from a penalty.

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