Unbeatable at home (3-1)
Barça B extended their great home start to the season, chalking up their fourth win at the Mini Estadi with a 3-1 win over Tenerife, thanks to strikes from Jonathan Soriano, Nolito and Carmona.
With seven games played, Luis Enrique’s team have now won five and proved unbeatable at home.
The win against Tenerife came after a very serious performance, particularly in the first half that
pleased the nearly 4,000 fans who came along to watch late on Sunday evening. The team played some
good pacey football, with their trademark passing and entertaining attacking style.
Jonathan Soriano opened the scoring on 9 minutes after a good start by
Luis Enrique’s young charges, who seemed determined to put last week’s defeat in
Cordoba behind them. Martín Montoya, who was tireless throughout the game, intercepted a Tenerife
attack and put Nolito in to cross for Soriano to meet perfectly and make it 1-0.
Tenerife fight back
Almost immediately after, Sergi Roberto nearly made it two, but his shot from outside the box
was just turned round by Tenerife keeper Sergio Aragoneses for a corner. Although Barça looked
sharp in defence, constantly cutting out Tenerife’s attacking attempts, the Islanders, who
were many people’s tip for promotion at the start of the campaign, but now find themselves
bottom, began to surge forward and Olazábal was forced into a good stop to keep out the dangerous
Barça again upped the pace and were looking increasingly impressive
both at the back and in attack and the second goal wasn’t long in coming. On 39 minutes,
Cristian Tello, who was making his debut, crossed a ball from the by-line for Nolito to put away
and double the lead.
Tenerife showed that they were not giving up when Mikel Alonso pulled a goal back at the
start of the second half with a deflected shot that gave Olazábal no chance and at 2-1 the visitors
began to put the pressure on with a number of chances from dead ball situations that Olazábal did
well to keep out.
Carmona seals win
Luis Enrique brought on Víctor Vázquez to bring some order to the
midfield and just when things were looking most difficult for the team Carmona met a left wing
cross from Abraham to seal the win on 68 minutes.
No rest for Olazábal
Tenerife refused to lie down and although Barça were now very much in control again, Olazábal
had to be on his guard as the visitors tried to get back into the game. Barça played the last few
minutes with ten men after Abraham had to come off with a back injury.
The win leaves Barça in fourth spot with 15 points and the joint best home record in the
division – four wins from four, eight goals scored and just two conceded.
Barça B, 3
Barça B: Olazábal, Montoya, Bartra, S.Gómez, Abraham, Romeu, S.Roberto, Carmona
(69’ Ilie), Tello (62’ V.Vázquez), Nolito and J.Soriano (78’ Rochina).
CD Tenerife: Aragoneses, Marc Bertrán, Antonio Hidalgo, Nino, Ricardo, Natalio,
Beranger, Kome (62’ Omar), Melli, Luna (85’ Iriome) and Mikel Alonso.
Goals: 1-0 J.Soriano (9’); 2-0 Nolito (39’); 2-1 Mikel Alonso
(47’); 3-1 Carmona (68’)
Referee: Santiago Jaime Latre.