Sparkle absent at the Mini Estadi (0-1)
Barça B suffered their first home defeat on Saturday night when Huesca beat them 0-1 after a goal from Gilvan in a game in which Luis Enrique’s team showed a lack of sparkle up front.
Huesca came in dire need of points and set out their stall to frustrate Barça B and take full
advantage of whatever chances came their way, something they did to perfection with Gilvan pouncing
on a defensive slip up from the hosts to inflict the first defeat in five games at the Mini Estadi
Early warning sign
The goalscorer Gilvan gave plenty of warning of his danger, coming
close in the very first minute of the game and Huesca were clearly in the game for the three
points. Cristian Tello had a chance soon after for the hosts.
Huesca were pressing Barça high up the pitch and making it tough for Barça to bring
the ball out from the back and Luis Enrique’s youngsters were unable to control the pace of
the game and play their usual classy football from midfield. The visitors weren’t just out to
destroy though and they also looked to threaten Miño’s goal.
Barça’s best chances fell to their two leading scorers Nolito and
Soriano, with both having a chance on 6 minutes that was eventually cleared off the line and Nolito
again failing to put away a counter led by Ilie on 13 minutes. Ilie himself tried his luck with a
shot from the edge of the box five minutes later and Carmona then headed wide on the half hour.
Hosts take control
Although the team still looked uncomfortable at times –particularly in the air when
Huesca attacked, slowly but surely they began to wrench control and begin to play with more
confidence in midfield, whilst still lacking sharpness up front and in the last pass.
Goal against the run of play
Huesca started the second half as they had the first with a good chance
for Camacho which Bartra, who’d come on for the injured Fontàs at the break, needed to be
sharp to cut out. Barça were dominating though, with Soriano and Nolito again getting chances, and
Huesca’s goal was against the run of play as Gilvan pounced on a defensive muddle to fire
home from a narrow near post angle past Miño on 73 minutes.
No happy ending
Huesca tried to waste time after the goal as the clock ticked down, but even so
Barça B had their chances before the end through Dos Santos and Nolito, though in the end it
wasn’t to be and Luis Enrique saw his team lose their first game at home this season.
Photos: Àlex Caparrós-FCB.
Barça B, 0
Barça B: Miño, Montoya, Armando, Fontàs (46’ Bartra), Planas, Ilie (58’
V.Vázquez), Dos Santos, Carmona, Tello (70’ Rochina), Nolito and Jonathan Soriano.
SD Huesca: Andrés, Marcos, Echaide, Molinero, Roberto, Camacho (84’
V.Pérez), Gilvan (79’ Navas), Sorribas, Bauzá, Corona and Sastre (90’ Ochoa).
Goal: 0-1 Gilvan (min.73)
Referee: Gorka Sagués.