FC Barcelona B responded to their season opening loss to Villarreal B (0-2) with a resounding away win at FC Cartagena on Sunday. Goals from Kiko, Cuenca, and a brace from Rafinha secured Barça B’s first points of the season. Details of the match, Eusebio’s comments after the game, and highlights can all be found after the jump.
FC Barcelona B: Rubén Miño, Ivan Balliu, Sergi Gómez, Armando Lozano, Alejandro Grimaldo, Jonathan Dos Santos, Marti Riverola, Rafinha (Gerard, 76’), Javi Espinosa, Kiko Femenia and Rodri (Cuenca, 62’)
Bench: Oier Olazábal, Oriol Rosell, Luis Gustavo, Cristian Lobato, Carlos Carmona, Isaac Cuenca, and Gerard Deulofeu
Cartagena: Reina, Antón, Goni, Sánchez, Gaspar, Josemi, Dimas, Salva (Cleber, 66’), Toni (Marc, 78’), Lafuente, and Maldonado
0-1, Kiko, min. 8
0-2, Rafinha, min. 33
0-3, Rafinha, min. 67
0-4, Cuenca, min. 79
Cards for Barça: Riverola (53′), Rodri (62′)
Match report (translated from Barça’s official site):
Barça B have achieved their first victory of the season after a display of luxurious football away at Cartagena.
The team of Eusebio have improved upon their debut against Villarreal B and have returned from Cartagena with an emphatic and prestigious victory. Left back Grimaldo, only 15 years old, made his debut in the Second Division A with a very convincing performance.
The reserves took control of the ball from the first instant, but the first chance fell to the home side. Salva, all alone, was unable to beat Miño in the 7th minute. The blaugrana keeper saved the goal with a spectacular stop.
Only one minute later and in a very quick action on the counter, Rodri sent a great pass to Kiko who beat the keeper with a good shot.
The first goal of the 2011/12 season has given confidence to Eusebio’s squad, which boosted their style of play and their total domination of the match.
Rodri in the 24th minute couldn’t profit from a good assist from Kiko, but in the 33rd minute Rafinha’s header following a corner made it 0-2.
Cartagena attempted to cut the difference with a shot of Antón which was stopped by Miño.
Barça B did not lessen any aspect of their performance after the half. A great push by Grimaldo in attack culminated in a stellar finish from Rafinha. The younger Alcantara has surprised with his magisterial control and with a luxurious finish with his right foot.
The reserves sentenced the match two minutes after Cartagena went down a man following the expulsion of Josemi after a hard tackle on Grimaldo.
Gaspar was also red carded with 20 minutes left on the clock in a very harsh decision by the referee. Minutes after stepping onto the pitch, Gerard Deulofeu had escaped the home side’s marking, had his shot blocked by the keeper only for the ball to fall into the path of Cuenca, who scored the fourth goal of the evening.
Eusebio: “I am very happy with the work of my players“
The manager of Barça B was able to celebrate against Cartagena the first League victory for his team, in a match in which he highlighted the “the tranquility of the players to carry out our football.”
Although in the first match of the season Barça B had lost at the Mini to Villarreal B, Eusebio appreciated the fact that there were no symptoms of anxiety or nerves among his players against Cartagena.
Cartagena had also lost their first match and it was necessary for them to score to satisfy their fans and for the home side to exert a lot of pressure from the start, but the reaction of the B team to the high pressure was what was demanded by Eusebio.
The coach from La Seca emphasized in the post match press conference: “We were very calm moving the ball and carrying out our football, surpassing the pressure of a rival that needed their first three points as we did. I am very happy with the work of my players, it’s not possible without them.”
Eusebio had no problem raving about left back Grimaldo, who debuted in the Segunda Division A at the age of 15: “Grimaldo has demonstrated at his debut a great mentality, and he should continue working to grow even more.”
The position of Grimaldo is not, according to Eusebio, just an anecdote: “It’s an example of the work of the youth system, the players assimilate from a young age these concepts and the movements we want and when they rise up through the ranks their adaptation is simpler.”
Next match: FC Barcelona B vs. Deportivo la Coruña, Sunday, September 11 at 20:00