He should have been treating his mother on Spain’s Mothers Day instead referee Alvarez-Jesus did his best to ruin a cracking 3-3 draw as CD Marino took on Real Madrid C.
With Poncho leaving in the week and Rafa suspended Marino made changes but suffered the worst possible start as Chema handled the ball, got booked, and saw Saurez score from the penalty spot after 4 minutes. Dorta made a great defensive tackle a few minutes later and Jaime and Chema worked well down the left to cause Madrid a few problems. The C team were speedy on the break and hard tackling, Saurez clattered home captain Airam several times and crunched Balduino when he got near to goal. Burgui rounded the Marino defence and looked odds on to score but Aaron made a strong block.
Sandro was playing in a more withdrawn central role but once he was unleashed on the right after 30 minutes Marino took control and put the Madrid goal under siege. Too often Marino players got themselves offside but the ref was annoyingly late with the call each time. Balduino looked sharp and Airam was hustling to unsettle the visitors, after resisting several raids Madrid were unlocked by a Chema corner that was pounced on by Airam (below) as goalie Jacob clawed at thin air.
That equalizer was a great way to end the half and Marino continued to dominate at the start of the second half as a Sandro shot shaved the bar. Ayoze showed good skill looping a shot at goal from a corner and the Madrid starlets looked second best. Marino went ahead with a beauty after the keeper fluffed his clearance, the ball fell to Sandro just outside the box and he buried it with a delicate lob. The lead was soon wiped out from a Madrid break, pulled to the left and stroked the ball past Matias in the home goal.
Jaime went forward looking for a break and found Sandro but he snatched at his shot and it went wide. The ref had been cramming names into his book but went one better with Iker, the Marino striker went down in the penalty area after a 50 50 challenge but the ref booked him for diving, the surprised striker quietly asked why and was shown the red card – what nonsense. Madrid took this as their rallying call and pressed for a goal, Matias made a great low save to turn the ball aside. Balduino is normally an old fashioned powerful striker but he showed some sublime skill when he turned with his back to goal and fired the ball into the underside of the net to restore the lead.
It was all pretty even, Matias made another strong diving save as Madrid made their extra man count. Marino probably just about deserved to win but a late charge from Madrid produced an agonizing finish as the ball bounced off the post and crawled past Matias for a 3-3 draw.