A stylish win (4-1)
Barça B have beaten Vila-real B in the battle of the Division 2A reserve teams. Muniesa, Jonathan Soriano from a penalty, Nolito and Rochina won them three well deserved points.
It was a great 4-1 victory for Luis Enrique’s at the Miniestadi after losing their unbeaten
a fortnight earlier. Barça won control of the ball from the start against a Vila-real B
side that tried to do likewise but couldn’t. The win means Barcelona B are provisionally
third in the table, with 22 points, but Celta and Betis still have to play on Sunday. The game was
also notable for the Barça B debut of Martí Riverola.
Muniesa gets opener
Barça looked hungry for the win from the off, and dominated
spectacularly. Masip, once again in goal, was called upon very rarely, and in just the first
quarter of an hour, the side coached by Luis Enrique had already taken five corner, something which
reflects the excellent work down the wings by Carlos Carmona, on the right and Cristian Tello on
the left. Vázquez, Carmona and Jonathan Soriano all had early chances before the deadlock was
broken by Marc Muniesa in the 33rd, when he found himself unchallenged in the area and confidently
send the ball where he wanted (1-0).
Iago makes presence felt
Two minutes later, former FCB man Iago Falqué took advantage of some sloppy Barça B defending
to pull Vila-real B back into the fight by breaking through the Barcelona defence and finishing an
excellent move with a shot that returning defender Sergi Gómez was unable to clear (1-1).
Barça B back ahead
Vila-real B were reinvigorated by the goal, but the home side responded
almost immediately with their second goal (2-1) when Jonathan Soriano converted a penalty committed
by Iago Falqué on Cristian Tello (min.43).
No response from rival
In the second half, Barça B carried on just the same and Masip again had little to
do while the Catalans produced a flood of danger. Jonathan Soriano hit the side netting from long
range and debutant Martí Riverolacame close to nodding home an cross from Nolito in the 60th
Nolito and Rochina top it off
Five minutes later, Nolito made it 3-1 following a diagonal run, and
Rubén Rochina got his name on the scoresheet five minutes later (4-1). There could have been
further damage had Sergi Roberto managed to find the net in a one on one situation with the keeper.
But the win was in no doubt by now, and that’s the seventh for the reserves in what is
proving to be a terrific season in Spanish football’s second tier.
Photos: Àlex Caparrós-FCB.
Barça B, 4
Villarreal B, 1
Barça B: Masip, Montoya, Fontàs, Sergi Gómez, Muniesa, Romeu, Víctor Vázquez
(60’ Riverola), Sergi Roberto, Carmona, Tello (66’ Nolito), Jonathan Soriano (75’
Villarreal CF B: Mariño (46’ Vicente Flor), Kiko Olivas, Facundo (46’
Hernán Pérez), Iago Falqué, Marcos Gullón, Natxo Insa, Mano, C.Tomás, Nicki Bille, Marcos G.
(74’ Mauricio), Jaume.
Goals: 1-0, Muniesa (min.33); 1-1, Iago Falqué (min.35); 2-1, Jonathan Soriano (p)
(min.43); 3-1, Nolito (min.71); 4-1, Rochina (min.76).
Referee: Sureda Cuenca.