Well deserved draw in Tarragona (1-1)
Luis Enrique’s Barcelona B picked up their fourth away point in the Catalan derby thanks to an excellent first half performance and a goal from Nolito.
Nolito had already come close in the very first minute, but was thwarted by home
keeper Rubén Pérez. Álex Ortiz did come close on the counter attacks for Nastic, Barça B dominated
the early minutes, and it was thanks to Nolito, with a terrific run from the left, followed by a
low, hard drive that put Barça B ahead with a lot of football still to be played.
Tarragona bounce back
The goal brought new life to Nàstic and Morán hit the post within minutes of the
goal. Shortly after Álex Cruz was brought down in the area by Fontàs, and the home side were
awarded a penalty. But luck was on Barça’s side, as Gerardo Noriega’s spot kick struck
the post. The good fortune failed to reappear, however, in the 38th minute, when immediately after
Nolito and Tello has seen clear chances to make it 2-0 frustrated, Nàstic pulled level thanks to a
powerful Eloy drive that proved too much for Rubén Miño.
After the restart, Nàstic started gaining ground in a game that deteriorated in terms of
footballing quality. It was not until the 70th minute that either side conjured up a clear-cut
chance, The Barça coach opted to shake things up a little and brought on Víctor Vázquez and Rochina
in place of Carmona and Saúl, and that seems to provide the oxygen the visitors needed.
Three points denied
Montoya busied himself with searching crosses from the wing, but rarely found a
target, and as the minutes ground by, it looked less and less likely that the winning goal was
going to materialise. Nolito did have a shot with eight minutes to go, but it wasn’t enough
to surprise Rubén Pérez and that was the last of the action. The 1-1 draw equates to the reserve
teams first away point since winning on the opening day at Celta Vigo and leaves Luis
Enrique’s side with 16 points and a comfortable place in the top half of the table.
Gimnàstic de Tarragona, 1
Barça B, 1
Gimnàstic de Tarragona CF: R.Pérez, Mingo, Ortíz, Sergio Díaz, Morán (Delporte,
min.69), Álex Cruz, Seoane , Xisco Campos, Rodri, Gerardo Noriega (Abraham, min.79), Eloy (Powel,
Barça B: Miño, Montoya, Bartra, Fontàs, Planas, Romeu, Dos Santos, Carmona
(V.Vázquez, min.68), Tello (Edu Oriol, min.81), Saúl (Rochina, min.68), Nolito.
Goals: 0-1 Nolito min.15, 1-1 Eloy min.39.
Referee: Pérez Montero.