Segunda División: FC Barcelona B 3-3 CD Numancia: Match Review

David Ramos

Barcelona B put in a solid performance against a very tricky Numancia side (just ask Pep Guardiola), but even though the youngsters scored three goals it was only enough for a draw.

Looking to get back to the winning column Barcelona B came across a spirited CD Numancia side and was lucky to escape the match with a point. Despite finishing the game with only nine men, David Lomban secured a point for the youngsters with a converted penalty kick in the 95th minute. The other scorers for Barcelona were Cristian Lobato and Luis Alberto, while the goalscorers for Numancia were Natalio, Javier González Del Pino and Juanjo

Starting XI: Jordi Masip; Ivan Balliu, Sergi Gómez, David Lombán, Alejandro Grimaldo; Ilie Sanchez, Javier Espinosa, Cristian Lobato; Luis Alberto, Rafinha, Gerard Deulofeu

Bench: Miguel Bañuz, Edgar Ié, Gustavo Ledes, Sergi Roberto, Kiko Femenia, Joan Angel Román, Jean Marie Dongou

Not many surprises in the lineup this time around, though Sergi Roberto received some well earned rest and was (thankfully) replaced by Espinosa, while Masip made a spot start in place of Oier Olazabal. Last week's starter, Sergio Aruajo, didn't make himself any favors with the bad showing against Mirandés and was "rewarded" by having to watch the game from the stands. Also, it appears that left-back Carles Planas picked up an ankle injury and was not in the match squad.

Barcelona B are, much like the first team, used to controlling the ball, but that was not the case in this game. Numancia often actually found itself dictating the tempo of the game. However, that would not matter to the B team in the first half as Lobato would put the hosts in front in the 20th minute after absolutely marvelous dribbling from Deulofeu. Despite being chased down by several defenders the young winger never lost control and maintained composure to get the ball to Lobato for the easy score.

After the goal Eusebio ordered the team to sit back and defend the advantage - pretty much the only thing this team can't do. But thanks to some very good work between the uprights from Masip Barcelona went to the break up by one. It could've been two, but Alberto spoiled a very good chance after another assist from Deulofeu.

Masip was called into action again soon after the restart, when he made a terrific save to deny Juanjo of the equalizer. However, Masip had no chance of stopping Natalio's effort in the 53rd minute. The cross came in from the right side and Balliu, who was responsible for Natalio, was poorly positioned which left the Numancia forward with the chance and he made no mistake.

In quick succession Eusebio made all three substitutions - Roberto, Dongou and Kiko replaced Lobato, Espinosa and Duelofeu - but none of them appeared to tip the playing field in Barça's favor. Things actually got worse for Barcelona B as Gomez was sent off in the 72nd minute for what might not even have been a foul, and with all substitutions already made Barcelona B was forced to play with just three in the backline.

But Numancia would have to wait until the 82nd minute to cash in on the man advantage when Del Pino scored from the edge of the box with a very accurate shot. However, Barcelona would reply just two minutes later when Alberto scored a David Villa-esque curler to the far post from the left side.

After the goal the youngsters immediately dropped back to defend the goal, but they immediately paid for their passiveness. Natalio sent a good cross to near the penalty spot where Juanjo easily jumped over the tiny Balliu, who was forced to play in the center after the red card, and fired a header for the lead.

With just minutes left before the final whistle there was little hope Barcelona would mount a comeback and those chances got worse in the 89th minute when Rafinha received marching orders for trying to stop a break - usually punishable by a yellow card.

Masip was forced to make another solid save in added time and minutes later the referee would make one last mistake. Alberto was brought down about a foot outside of the penalty box, but the referee pointed to the spot to gift Barcelona B a penalty. Lomban stepped up and calmly converted the penalty to secure the point for the B team.

So, the game filled with numerous twists and turns ended in a three-all draw, with Barcelona B twice coming back from a goal down, once with only nine players.

Barcelona B will again be in action on Saturday when they will face off against Real Murcia at Estadio Nueva Condomina in Murcia.

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