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Castellón see off Melilla to win on the road (1-2)
Goals from new boy Jozhua Vertrouwd and Isra Suero give superior Castellón a deserved win.
It's six points from six to start the season, as Castellón backed up their opening win against Málaga with another impressive triumph over Melilla in their first away game of the season. The Albinegres were dominant in the first half, with the home side only getting their first chance just before half-time, as they were played off the park. It was a closer game in the second half, but Castellón was able to add a second that made Melilla's free-kick goal insignificant. The Blues will also be left rueing the penalty they had saved by Gonzalo Crettaz, which could have helped them snatch a draw.
The Albinegres overwhelmed Melilla from the first minute, and a ball over the top to Suero from Medunjanin forced a double save from the home keeper, with Jozhua also having his effort saved. De Miguel then missed a great opportunity after he was played in by Suero, sending his effort over the bar from close range.
The breakthrough came on the half-hour mark, as a delightful long ball from Gonzalo Crettaz caught out the defense, leaving Jozhua alone against the onrushing keeper. What came next was a delightful lob to give Castellón the lead and leave the Melilla stopper helpless.
Although Melilla had a good start to the second half, it was Castellón who doubled their lead just after 60 minutes. Sub Dani Villahermosa dinked a beautiful ball over the defense, which was well controlled by Suero, who held off the defender and slotted the ball past the keeper.
With a 2-0 lead, Castellón eased off slightly, and Melilla had the chance to get back in the game after a moment of inattention from Iago Indias gave away a penalty. Crettaz was the hero though, as he got down well and went the right way to deny Dani Garcia.
Garcia soon made amends, as he curled in a beautiful free kick five minutes from time to give Castellón something to think about. Despite a couple of nervy moments, the visitors closed out the game to become one of only three sides in the whole division to take maximum points from the first two games, leaving them top of their group.
The next challenge is Intercity at home next Sunday, with fans and players alike desperate to make it three from three and start to build a gap to the second-placed team.