After a mix and match start to the season with a couple of losses followed by two wins, Eusebio sent his team out looking to build on their recent form, which, whilst far from agreeable, did at least bag the required results. Barca were without talisman Deulofeu and the injured duo of Ie and Juste aswell as the suspended Gomez.
The match itself was a bit of a ‘slow burn’ and although it took a while for things to get going at the Miniestadi, the game then developed into a reasonable watch.
The first moment of any note in the match came on 3 minutes, Barca’s Femenia seeing his strike well saved by Orlando. The early exchanges were conducted in the midfield areas with both teams content to work the ball around until an opportunity presented itself.
On 12 minutes Yuri put the away side ahead with pretty much their first attack, the goal giving Ponferradina a degree of confidence within which to impose their style of play on their more cultured counterparts. Deulofeu’s creativity was being sorely missed by Barca, time and again the probing attacks being halted by a well drilled defence from the visitors.
As we edged towards the half time break, Barca were awarded a free kick right on the edge of the area and central to the goal. Luis Alberto struck the ball well and placed it brilliantly into the bottom corner, a slight movement the other way from Orlando not allowing him the time to recover before getting fingertips to the ball on its way in. 1-1.
Barca were in the ascendency and 2 further chances just before half time deserved more reward. Lobato brought the ball out from his own penalty area and ran fully 60 yards before playing in Grimaldo who was unable to profit. The youngster himself came even closer in the next attack his long range effort fizzing just over the bar.
The second half started as the first had ended, Grimaldo looking particularly accomplished. On 53 a lovely slide rule pass inside the full back by Alberto found Lobato who made no mistake. 2-1 Barca.
A fairly dull quarter of an hour or so followed, until Robusté scythed down Rafinha on 74. Before the free kick was taken, Kiko was replaced by Araujo who once again showed his fiery South American temper within minutes of his introduction, a needless yellow the result.
As we approached full time we saw the late introductions of Ledes and Dongou but neither featured prominently in their cameo roles. Final score 2-1.
Barçelona B: Oier, Balliu, llie (Gustavo, 80″), Planas, Lomban, Alberto, Sergi Roberto, Rafinha, Kiko (Sergio Araujo, 74″), Lobato (Dongou, 89″) and Grimaldo
Ponferradina: Orlando, Carpio, Isaias, Ruiz, Yuri, Lafuente (Fofo), Acoran, Moreno (W. Silva), Juande, Nano and Robusté (Urko Vera)
0-1 Yuri (min 13)
1-1 Luis Alberto (min 37)
2-1 Cristian Lobato (min 54)
This review was written by our Barca B correspondent, Jason Pettigrove. Follow Jason on twitter @jasonpettigrove