It’s certainly not boring watching Barça B this season. This was a game that had it all……and then some!
Going into the match, Barça B were in 6th place with 19 points, Numancia a distant 17th on 14 points. However it was the visitors who took the game by the scruff of the neck and controlled the early stages of the game.
Barca’s best early chance fell to Luis Alberto after a raking pass from Grimaldo, but Numancia’s keeper Herrerin snuffed out the chance with ease. The visitors were forced into an early reshuffle when Nieto left the field to be replaced by Juanjo.
With just over 20 minutes played, the Miniestadi rose to acclaim what was surely one of the greatest pieces of skill ever seen at the stadium. Gerard Deulofeu, who continues to draw admiring glances from afar, played a one-two into the area. What followed was mesmeric. There looked to be little danger as he moved away from goal closely marked by 3 defenders but a wonderfully executed Cruyff turn took all three out of the game.
No sooner was he free of those shackles than 2 had managed to regain their position and blocked the players route to goal. His quick footwork once again bamboozled his opponents and the half yard of space he worked for himself allowed him to fire in a pin point cross which was met by a grateful Lobato to guide the ball into the roof of the net. Truly outstanding.
A slip by the home defence shortly after allowed Bedoya to get a one on one against Masip but the attacker was flagged for offside, and struck the ball straight at the keeper in any event.
Deulofeu again worked his magic towards the end of the half waltzing through the visiting defence, but he couldn’t get his shot away. Barça led 1-0 at the break.
Numancia started the second half as they had the first and by the time Natalio had volleyed home to equalise, the away side had already spurned two chances.
Eusebio reacted by replacing Lobato and Espinosa with Sergi Roberto and Dongou and it was the Cameroon who came closest to edging the hosts back in front, frustratingly just a toes with away from scoring.
As we approached the business end of the match, Kiko Femenía replaced a simply worn out Deulofeu and Cedric replaced Bedoya for the visitors. Then the fun really began…….
Ilie Sanchez played an awful ball that forced Gómez to slightly mistime a tackle just outside of the penalty area. The referee was in no doubt. Straight red and Barca were down to ten for the remainder of the game.
Del Pino replaced Nagore for Numancia and on 82 minutes the substitute put the visitors into a deserved lead. With time running out, Barca reverted to all out attack and a stunner from Luis Alberto saw them draw level. No sooner had the celebrations finished than Natalio went up the other end and headed in what was surely the winner, Balliu outmuscled to the ball.
As we approached 3 minutes of injury time a scything tackle from Rafinha downed Cedric and Barça were down to 9 men. Numancia only had to see the game out but a last throw of the dice from Barça saw Luis Alberto’s run into the box halted. Foul. PENALTY!!!
With the clock showing 95 minutes, Lomban was the coolest head on the pitch as he salvaged a point with the very last kick of the match.
What a game!!!
Final Score: Barcelona B 3-3 Numancia
Barcelona B: Masip, Balliu, Sergi Gómez, Ilie, David Lombán, Deulofeu, Espinosa, Luis Alberto, Rafinha, Lobato, Grimaldo
Subs: Bañuz, Sergi Roberto, Kiko Femenía, Edgar lé, Gus Ledes, Joan Román, Dongou
Numancia: Herrerín, Malón, Sunny, Julio Álvarez, Nagore, Nieto, Jaio, Natalio, Regalón, Bedoya, Satrústegui
Subs: Biel Ribas, Airam, Juanjo, Cedric, Del Pino, Unai, Edu Gil
1-0 Cristian Lobato (21″ mins)
1-1 Natalio (56″ mins)
1-2 Del Pino (82″ mins)
2-2 Luis Alberto (86″ mins)
2-3 Natalio (87″ mins)
3-3 David Lomban (pen, 95″ mins)
This review was written by our Barça B correspondent, Jason Pettigrove. Follow Jason on twitter @jasonpettigrove