Today’s match against San Sebastián de los Reyes was as much about resuming league duties as it was about shifting focus from an emotionally charged few days as a result of the historic Copa del Rey clash against FC Barcelona. Sergio Cirio and Raí scored Ibiza’s two goals which sealed an important win for the home side against struggling Sanse which remain bottom of the league. After finding the necessary sharpness in the first twenty minutes of the game, Ibiza gradually began to up the pace and put the visitors under increasing pressure with slick and fast combination football. The attacking style led to Ibiza taking the lead just before half-time after a stunning Raí cross found Cirio whose spectacular one-time strike found the back of the net in sublime fashion.
The goal was the just reward for an industrious Ibiza side that was the better of the two teams in the first forty-five minutes. As the second half commenced, Ibiza continued where it left off and started to dictate the match even further. After the odd half-chance by the visitors, Pablo Alfaro’s side soon regained control in a match that saw a number of players in action that hadn’t accumulated a lot of minutes in the last few games. Diego was a constant threat upfront as was captain Cirio and it was only a matter of time until Sanse’s defence would begin to cave in to the mounting pressure by the Sky Blues. Ibiza’s second goal came on seventy-five minutes when Raí produced a moment of magic with a thunderous strike that had every one of the 2738 spectators jump out of their seat to celebrate accordingly. It was a fantastic long-range effort from the Brazilian which will undoubtedly be viewed on replay by Ibiza’s fans several times over the course of the next few days.
The goal removed any doubts whatsoever that Sanse could stage a comeback and snatch a point from a match that Ibiza was in control of from start to finish. Pablo Alfaro’s squad will be extremely pleased with the three points and the manner in which the team managed to shift gears from Wednesday’s blockbuster match to transition back into the routing of the league. The club’s latest signing, Borja Martínez, made his debut and showed promising signs in the short time he was on the pitch to give Ibiza’s faithful plenty of things to look forward to for the coming rounds which begin with an away trip to Pontevedra next Sunday.
Ibiza: Lucas; Grima, Gonzalo, Quintanilla, Rubén; Arranz, Javi Pérez (Borja Martínez, 83’), Javi Lara (Sibo, 57’); Raí, Diego (Rodado, 68’) and Cirio. Unused subs: Germán, Mariano, Núñez and Pep Caballé.
UD San Sebastián de los Reyes: Xabi Irureta; Rubén Valverde, Albert Estellés, Marcos Gullón, Mario Hernández, Pipe Sáez; Galindo (Joel Rodríguez, 63’), Miguel Muñoz, Fer Ruiz (Iván Bueno, 63’), Raúl Hernández (Rubén de Tomás, 80’); and Pablo Aguilera.
Referee: Carlos Calderiña Pavón (Catalonia), assisted by Sergi López Freixa and Bernat Mas López. Yellow cards shown to Javi Pérez (62’) and Diego Mendoza (64’) as well as Sanse’s Miguel Muñoz (34’)
Estadio de Can Misses. 2738 spectators.