Barcelona B played two games in the past six days. The first one was played on Friday against Recreativo de Huelva at the Mini Estadi while the second was against SD Huesca at El Alcoraz where the game was rained out 10 days ago.
Barcelona B started the first game with the following starting XI: Oier Olazabal; Ivan Balliu, Sergi Gómez, Carles Planas, Alejandro Grimaldo; Ilie Sanchez, Sergi Roberto, Rafinha; Luis Alberto, Gerard Deulofeu, Jean Marie Dongou
Bench: Jordi Masip, David Lombán, Kiko Femenia, Cristian Lobato, Joan Angel Roman, Javier Espinosa, Sergio Araujo
This was probably one of the best line-ups coach Eusebio Sacristan fielded this season and it was immediately noticeable that the youngsters were clicking in attack. Barcelona B dominated from the first minute and came close to taking the lead very in the game, but Rafinha was denied by the post.
The hosts had to wait for the lead until the 26th minute when Deulofeu was brilliantly set up by the impressive Luis Alberto. Alberto sent a perfectly placed diagonal pass to Deulofeu who made no mistake to make it 1-0. Lost in the play was the fact that without Dongou's brilliant movement to draw defenders to himself Deulofeu wouldn't have had the time and space to finish of the chance with a goal.
Barcelona's lead was short lived as Recreativo replied just eight minutes later. Poor defending combined with Rafinha being treated on the sidelines for a knock allowed Jordi Matamala Muntadas to score the equalizing goal.
The score remained the same until the 67th minute when Rafinha headed home Alberto's gorgeous free kick. At this point Barcelona without a doubt deserved to be in the lead and they were pushing forward to put the game out of reach. But the closest the youngsters came to scoring the third goal was when Alberto and Grimaldo hit the woodwork - both from free kicks.
In the end the three hits against the frame of the goal by Barcelona B players came back to haunt them as Recreativo mounted a comeback and turned the score around in the span of five minutes. First Alexander Szymanowski tied the game in the 82nd minute, and in the 87th minute Jonathan Valle scored the winning goal for Recreativo.
None of the three substitutions that Eusebio made (Kiko, Araujo and Lobato for Deulofeu, Dongou and Sergi Roberto) had any effect on the game; if anything they actually hurt the team.
Barcelona B certainly didn't deserve to lose this game because they controlled the game from the first minute to the last, but three defensive breakdown allowed the visitors to score three goals and leave the Mini Estadi with three points. Luis Alberto was especially impressive throughout the game as he was a constant offensive threat, directly involved in both Barcelona goals while also hitting the post.
Yesterday Barcelona played the game against SD Huesca - the one that was postponed due to heavy rain the previous weekend.
Starting line-up: Jordi Masip; Patric, Sergi Gómez, David Lombán, Carles Planas; Gustavo Ledes, Javier Espinosa, Rafinha; Cristian Lobato, Luis Alberto, Kiko Femenia
Bench: Miguel Bañuz, Edgar Ié, Agostinho Ca, Joan Angel Roman, Jean Marie Dongou, Gerard Deulofeu, Sergio Araujo
This line-up was much more like the line-ups we've become used to from Eusebio as two of the best attacking players remained on the bench along with the very talented Roman. At least Espinosa got a much deserved start so I can't complain about everything.
Teams exchanged good scoring chances in the opening minutes, but none of them resulted in goals. Barça then quickly took control of the game but as is often the case with the B team the opponents took advantage of a defensive breakdown. This time it was Juan Jose Camacho who sent a header outside of the reach of Masip and off the post into the back of the net.
After the goal Huesca tightened their ranks and started defending with 10 men. Barça B still managed to create chances, but the hosts' defense was good a clearing loose balls and Huesca remained in the lead until halftime.
Then Eusebio made a good substitution as he brought Dongou on for Planas. This was a clear indication that there is no time like the present to turn the game around but Blaugrana would have to wait another 22 minutes before tying the game. Before the goal Eusebio made one more crucial substitution as he replaced Kiko with Deulofeu.
Finally, in the 67th minute, Luis Alberto sent a beautiful cross into the heart of the penalty area where Sergi Gomez redirected the ball into the back of the net for his first goal of the season. Three minutes later Barcelona was in the lead. Lobato sent a low cross from the left side where the onrushing Rafinha had space to power it home for the much deserved lead.
Down a goal Huesca were forced to open up which left a lot of space for Barça's typical quick passing and the visitors were able to create several scoring opportunities. Deulofeu appeared to extend Barcelona's lead, but his goal was incorrectly disallowed for offside. The young winger wasn't rattled by the wrong call and soon after, in the 88th minute, scored an absolutely brilliant goal that would actually make it 3-1 for Barcelona.
After the goal Agostinho Ca replaced the always impressive Espinosa - it was Ca's debut for Barcelona B.
Barça B managed to score one more goal before the final whistle as Luis Alberto made sure he would end the game not only with an assist but also with a goal. Deulofeu almost overcomplicated things in this play, but in the end it he sent a perfect pass to Alberto who fired it to the back of net right at the death for a convincing 4-1 victory for Blaugrana.
Next up for Barcelona B is a game against last season's Copa del Rey "sensation" CD Mirandés on Saturday.