There are times when a football match is nothing but a match, because of a huge gap in quality between the two competing sides. The world of football sees big scorelines, but when the goals run into double figures, history is in the making. The Miniestadi yesterday saw the league leaders go up against Eldense, a side placed rock bottom, but all that everybody expected was a big win for the hosts. Nobody saw the extent of Barça B’s win coming. In the end, the Blaugranas hit a dozen goals past their despairing guests, and made their way straight into the record books of the Spanish lower leagues.
Puig debuts in goal
Prior to the match that pitted leaders against the bottom placed side, Gerard López was expected to face some selection issues, with both of his goalkeepers out injured and his midfield general Carles Aleñá once again unavailable for selection, this time after being called up by Luis Enrique for the first team’s trip to Granada. Juvenil A goalkeeper Sergi Puig got the nod for the vacant spot between the sticks, with his teammate Iñaki Peña making the bench.
It was clear from the start that there was a gulf of class between the two sides. The hosts’ goal fest started seven minutes into the match when a great pass into space found Dani Romera, who rounded goalkeeper Zanier before calmly nodding home for the opener. Two minutes later, Alfaro doubled the hosts’ lead after chesting down a pass by Alex Carbonell.
On 12 minutes, a great combination between Romera and Cucurella, this time set up Alex Carbonell for the third. Barça B’s fourth came 8 minutes later. Zanier brought Dani Romera down in the box, and from the spot, Gerard Gumbau made it 4. It was the midfielder’s third successful penalty attempt in the last three matches.
The fifth goal of the night arrived after Gerard Gumbau’s run down the left ended with a cross that found the head of Dani Romera, with the former Almería man slotting past Zanier for his second of the game. The sixth goal was a carbon copy of the third. A pass behind the defence for Cucurella, who squared the ball to Alfaro for an easy finish. With less than half an hour played, Eldense’s absent backline made the game look like a training match.
And things were even about to get worse for the team from Elda. On 31 minutes, Alfaro tenaciously recovered a ball in the middle of the park and burst forward, selflessly assisting Romera to his left. The forward duly fired past Zanier to make it 7-0 and a hat trick for himself.
Just before the break, a great burst of pace by ‘Cucu’ on the left side was followed by ball across goal that found Alfaro at the back post, with the Andalusian finishing with a strong shot that made it 8-0.
Foot off the gas and four more
With 8-0 on the scoreboard, Gerard López made a couple of substitutions at the start of the second half. Logically, the coach wanted to rest his regulars for the difficult trip to Badalona next week, but one could say that he also tried to spare the visitors of some embarrassment. Alfaro and Sarsanedas were taken off for Cardona and Kaptoum.
Four minutes into the second half, another incidence of anecdotal defending by Eldense allowed Perea to walk past his marker and get his name on the scoresheet with low, well-placed effort. After Perea got his goal, he was more than happy to see his coach bring him off for Nacho Abeledo, with a view to the game against Badalona next week.
Barça B let their foot of the gas, perhaps as a sign of reprieve to the visitors. The team’s tenth did not come until the 79th minute. Romera once again rounded Zanier, but seeing that the angle was getting too tight, he crossed into the middle for Kaptoum, with the midfielder heading home to make it 10.
With five minutes left on the clock, Marc Cardona showcased his technique to get past his marker on the left wing before firing low and hard past Zanier to make it 11-0. The hosts closed the scoring in stoppage time, when Nacho Abeledo, a contender for being the season’s unluckiest B team player, nodded home from a corner.
The referee’s final whistle brought an end to Eldense’s nightmare, whose players walked off in tears, and while Barça B players did try to console them, that was easier said than done. The 12-0 defeat rubber stamped the team from Elda’s relegation the Spanish fourth tier, the Tercera División, after a torrid season in which they have already had seven coaches.
Looking towards Badalona
In the Blaugrana camp, there were feelings of satisfaction. History had been made. Yesterday night, the team led by Gerard López recorded the biggest ever win in the history of Barcelona B, surpassing the 8-1 win against Villarreal back in the 1992-93 season. The win also equalled the record for the biggest ever win the Segunda División B. Until yesterday, the record had been held solely by Extremadura, after their 12-0 win against Portuense (a team which ended up withdrawing from the league) back in 1993.
Talking to the press after the match, Gerard sought to keep everybody’s feet on the ground. The win against Eldense was indeed one for the history books, but next week’s trip to Badalona is of paramount importance. Being the last away match against a real promotion playoff contender, a potential win could even be worth first place for the Blaugranas. Until then though, we do suggest that you sit back and enjoy the highlights below!
Barça B: Puig, Nili, Cucurella, Sarsanedas (Kaptoum, min. 46), Marlon, Martínez, Carbonell, Gumbau, D.Romera, Perea (Abeleda, min. 57) & Alfaro (Cardona, min. 46).
Eldense: Zanier, Mateo, Cesar, David, Guille, Bergonsi, Mikey, Muratore,Tabala, Hans & Nico Cháfer.
Goals: 1-0, Romera (min. 9); 2-0, Alfaro (min. 10), 3-0, Carbonell (min. 12); 4-0, Gumbau (min. 20); 5-0, Romera (min. 24); 6-0, Alfaro (min. 29); 7-0, Romera (min. 30); 8-0, Alfaro (min. 44): 9-0, Perea (min. 49); 10-0, Kaptoum (min. 79); 11-0, Cardona (min. 85); 12-0, Abeledo (min. 90).