FC Barcelona B move up to 10th in the table after adding three more points on Saturday against Celta de Vigo (2-1). The reserves have now gone 7 games without defeat, and their latest victory was secured through two goals from Jonathan Soriano, who recently returned from injury. More details of the match can be found after the jump.
Bench: Ruben Miño, Sergi Gómez, Carles Planas, Carlos Carmona, Martí Riverola, Javier Espinosa, and Cristian Tello
Celta de Vigo: Yoel, Mallo, Lago, Jonathan Vila, Aspas (Orellana, 46′), Bustos, Rodriguez (Bermejo, 75′), López (Tomàs, 68′), De Lucas, Català, and Insa
1-0, Soriano (27′)
1-1, De Lucas (55′)
2-1, Soriano (64′)
Cards for Barça: Rafinha (59′), Rodri (73′)
Match report (from Barça’s official site):
The Miniestadi witnessed a high voltage clash between Barça B and one of the serious contenders for Primera promotion, Celta de Vigo. The ever dangerous visiting side threatened Barça’s recent six-game unbeaten streak. Eusebio’s men played 45 minutes of exquisite football, where a recovered Jonathan Soriano once again found the back of net. Like in previous matches at the Miniestadi, the second half was very different from the first. It was Soriano, however, that tipped the scales in Barça B’s favour.
The keeper Masip and Gustavo, playing for the suspended Jonathan dos Santos in the midfield, were Eusebio’s newest additions to Barça B’s starting line-up. Barça B, clearly focused on possession and attacking football, quickly took control of the match. Despite dominating the flow of the game, Barça’s first attacks were timid, the first real chance came 20 minutes in thanks to a powerful shot with the right foot from Rafinha.
The home team’s football was very direct and Celta’s keeper, Yoel, did well to save a point-blank attempt from Jonathan Soriano who was assisted by Deulofeu (a terror down the right side). Soriano wasn’t so forgiving with his next chance. The Barça striker softly headed the ball to the back of the net from a free kick taken by Gustavo minutes later (min. 27). Celta tried to react but Eusebio’s choice keeper, Masip, prodigiously saved De Lucas’ one-on-one chance. It was the away team’s best chance of the first half dominated by Barça B.
Celta was more determined in the second half. Five minutes in, Masip saved what would have been the equalising goal from Rodríguez, but soon after De Lucas would bring Celta level. With the one-all draw the game was balanced on a knife’s edge. Barça B tried to take control again, but Celta was threatening on the wings. However, it was Soriano that tipped the scales in Barça’s favour when he scooped a dead ball up in Celta’s area and fired it in to give his team the lead (min. 64).
Barça B lost control of the match and Celta upped their rhythm. The game was being played at a frenetic pace forcing Barça B to feverishly defend their small advantage. So much so that Rodri played the part of the ‘Lobo’ Carrasco by shepherding the ball next to the corner flag against the onslaught of Celta’s strikers. In the end, the reserve side held out and managed to keep the three points at home and add to their ever increasing positive string of results.
Next match: Elche vs. FC Barcelona B on Saturday, December 3 at 16:00 (Round 16)
Images: Àlex Caparrós (FCB)