It was about time. Barcelona B rediscovered their best version in Cornellà, and after exhibiting their superiority against a rival which had beaten them in the first round match at the Miniestadi, Gerard’s men took home all three points with a 2-0 win that rather flatters the hosts. Barcelona B’s revenge on their Catalan neighbors was based on the team’s defensive solidity and the attacking effectiveness. The winning cocktail of the two ensured that the Blaugranas maintained their slender one-point lead at the top of the table for yet another week.
Missing Varo (injured), Gumbau (injured) and Aleñá (called-up by the first team), Gerard López had to really reinvent his match squad for the match against Cornellà. Juvenil A man Josep was given his first Barça B call up, and the coach opted for a rather unusual forward-loaded starting XI. Alfaro, Perea, Cardona and Romera all started together, and the end product didn’t disappoint.
Off to a flying start
With the opening whistle, FC Barcelona came out firing on all cylinders in the search for the opener. It was blaugrana in the initial exchnages and in eighth minute of game the referee ruled out a goal scored by Marc Cardona for offside. The forward, returning from a long ijury layoff, had clinically fired home after picking up the rebound from a shot by Fali which had hit the post. Five minutes later, Cardona narrowly missed the chance to head the ball home when Xemi put in a sweet cross into the box.
The next to try was Perea at 18 minutes, but once again luck turned its back to the Blaugranas, with the winger’s cross-shot swerving away from the players in the box at the crucial moment. Shortly after, Marc Cardona fired a shot well over from a good position. With the last chance of the half, Xemi fired into Row Z from inside the D, spurring the visitors’ last good chance to open the scoring before half time.
With Cornellà’s sharp play and intent after the restart, Gerard López looked freshen up his left flank by bringing on Rafa Mujica for Alberto Perea who had not been having his best day.
58 minutes into the match, a high, vertical and long forward ball to Marc Cardona would serve to put the forward in a good position against the opposing defence. After escaping his marker with a burst of pace, Cardona fired an unstoppable low left-footed effort that shaved the post before going in to give Barcelona B a thoroughly deserved lead.
Two minutes later, the hosts sought an immediate reply but Suárez produced a good save to keep his team’s lead intact. Shortly after, Gerard sought to add some steel to his midfield by bringing on Ferran Sarsanedas. Barcelona B still managed to find joy in attack though, with Alfaro hitting the post 13 minutes from time after a great solo move.
Mujica kills off Cornellà
Only seven minutes later, the play involved in the build-up to the first goal was put on replay, only with Rafa Mújica playing Cardona’s role. After a long ball into the box, the youngster showcased his striker’s instincts to get ahead of his marker and score with a looping header.
With their lead doubled and stress relieved, Barcelona B tried for more. Mújica got ambitious and tried to double his personal tally but was beaten in a one to one situation with goalkeeper Marcos. In stoppage tome, Nacho Abeledo got a much need runout after coming on for MVP Marc Cardona, but there wasn’t much time for his to make an impact. The referee blew his whistle for the last time and Barcelona B were sent into celebration mode after negotiating two consecutive tough away games with 6 points out of 6 in the bag. Gerard’s team marches on.
UE CORNELLÀ: Marcos, Pere, Gómez, Borja, Óscar Sierra, David, Lucas (Ahmed, Min. 68), Pep Caballé (Puerto, Min. 76), Enric, Marc Caballé (Ñoño, Min. 26) Y Abraham.
FC BARCELONA B: Suárez, Palencia, Moisés, Marlon, Borja López, Fali, Xemi, Alfaro, Perea (Mujica, Min. 46), Dani Romera (Sarsanedas, Min. 63) Y Marc Cardona (Abeledo, Min. 90).
Goals: 0-1, Min. 57, Marc Cardona. 0-2, Min. 83, Mujica.