With each game that passes, Ibiza has a clearer idea of how it wants to play and has also learnt not to become impatient when it faces plucky opposition. Today the sky blues did so once more against Internacional de Madrid. Two goals in the second half –a time in the game which seems to suit Ibiza– made sure that three more points stay at Can Misses before next week’s visit of Atlético Baleares. Javi Lara, with a marvellous effort from outside the box, and Rodado, with a fantastic individual effort sealed yet another win in round 8 of the season. Seven minutes were enough to decide the game in Ibiza’s favour.
Inter put up a strong fight during the first 60 minutes of the match. A new opponent, but a familiar defensive set consisting of five defenders in front of goal. Nothing novel for Ibiza, but today’s visitors arguably created more difficulties than previous opponents who visited Can Misses in previous weeks. Once again, the key to success was to be found in being patient. Throughout the entire first half, the left wing (with Morillas and Cirio) and the right flank (with Kike López and Raí) provided constant drive toward the opposition’s goal. Plays were controlled and coordinated through the middle by Toni Arranz who started his first match from the beginning. Javi Lara and Rodado, however, were the ones who had the clearest opportunities. Both players put Felipe Ramos under pressure on a number of occasions in an Inter side which concentrated all of its attacking efforts on Aythami up front.
Ibiza did well to maintain its pressure in the second half. In doing so, Ibiza managed to restrict Inter to its own half and it wasn’t long until the pressure began to take its toll for the visiting side from the Madrid region. Javi Lara’s spectacular opener was soon followed by Rodado’s fifth goal of the season which allowed Ibiza to maintain its solid run of form at home.
Today’s win was the fourth consecutive victory at Can Misses with a goal difference of eight goals score in favour and one against. Statistics which Ibiza will want to maintain and continue next Sunday when it takes on the league’s current leader, Atlético Baleares. The stage is set for a fantastic Balearic derby which will see both teams face each other for the first time in a competitive match.