It was a year and a half that Atlético Baleares hadn’t lost at home. Today, that streak ended at the hands of Ibiza who travelled to Mallorca to show that Baleares indeed is not invincible on home turf and that the derby had a sky blue ending. The final score of 0-2 has the double advantage of cutting back Baleares’ lead to a mere two points and bolstering the goal average versus the island rivals.
Ibiza was the dominant side for much of the clash despite Baleares’ early attempts to dictate play. The response by the Sky Blues was to create danger every time they had possession. After four minutes, it was Raí who put in a good cross which was forwarded by Rodado with Javi Lara getting on the end of it. Ibiza’s Cordoba-born midfielder, however, saw his effort saved by Atlético Baleares’ Manu Herrera. Ibiza kept looking for the opener and was insistent with several attacking moves down the flanks and through the middle of the pitch. These attempts were finally rewarded when Kike López found the back of the net to put Ibiza ahead. His shot could not be saved completely by Manu Herrera, who dropped the ball and failed to regain control of it, gifting Pablo Alfaro’s men the opening goal. Despite not celebrating the goal against his former side, Kike provided his team-mates and Ibiza’s 300-strong travelling supporter group with delight.
While Ibiza went from strength to strength after scoring the goal on 18 minutes, it was evident to see that Baleares was stunned. The home side failed to recompose and regain control, with the home crowd growing more and more nervous and agitated as the half-time whistle sounded. With the match resuming after the break, Ibiza continued where it had left off in the first forty-five minutes, putting Manix Mandiola’s team under pressure with every attacking play. Borja Martínez controlled the left-hand flank and was a constant threat for the Mallorcan side to deal with. So too were Ibiza’s other attacking players Rodado and Raí who were tireless in their efforts to maintain play in Baleares’ half. Defensively, Pablo Alfaro would have been very pleased with his side’s performance, being able to rely on a solid back-line of Gonzalo, Mariano as well as Kike and Pierre. Ibiza’s defence never looked unsettled and in trouble, giving the team the confidence to look for a second goal up front. That’s exactly what happened when Baleares started to commit mistakes in their defence culminating in a bizarre own goal by Peris in minute 74. The left-back tried to clear a through ball into Ibiza’s attack, but his effort caught Manu Herrera by complete surprise with the ball heading unstoppably and straight for goal. Ibiza’s fans were jubilant and celebrated the two-goal lead with the players in the southern end of the Estadio Balear.
The remaining fifteen minutes were characterized by Baleares looking for a way back into the game, but Ibiza’s defence stood strong and superbly dealt with all attempts by the blue and whites to pull one back. Soon, it became clear that it was Ibiza’s day, breaking the home side’s dominance on home soil and inflicting a first defeat after more than thirty matches of being unbeaten. That fact coupled with the joy of winning the much-anticipated and second Balearic derby of the season sent both Ibiza’s players and fans into raptures celebrating a massive three points in unison. Next up, Ibiza welcomes Real Oviedo B with the objective of keeping Can Misses the fortress it is.
Atlético Baleares: Manu Herrera; Borja, Peris, Vallori, Villapalos; Rovirola (Jorge Ortiz, 60′); David Haro (Arturo, 77′), Alberto Gil (Samu Shashoua, 70′), Pedro Orfila; and Gabarre. Unused subs: Ginard, Ferrone, Armando Shashoua and Aurtenetxe.
Ibiza: Germán; Kike López, Mariano, Gonzalo, Pierre; Núñez, Javi Pérez, Javi Lara (Caballé, 72′); Raí, Rodado (Diego, 81′) and Borja (Sibo, 67′). Unused subs: Lucas, Quintanilla, Rubén and Cirio.
Goals: 0-1, Kike López (16′) and 0-2, Peris, own goal (74′)
Referee: Campos Salinas (Murcia). Yellow cards issues to Baleares’ Peris (9′) and Arturo (10′) as well as Ibiza’s Mariano (10′), Núñez (37′), Pierre (41′), Rodado (63′) and Diego Mendoza (93′). Red card shown to Íñigo Arriola, Baleares’ assistant coach Baleares (45′).
Estadi Balear. Approx. 3000 spectators of which 300 travelling Ibiza fans.