A goal and a red card each in the Mini (1-1)
FC Barcelona B were unable to move into second place in La Segunda A after they were held to a draw by Recreativo de Huelva in the Miniestadi on Friday evening in a game that both teams ended with ten men.
The hosts took the lead from the penalty spot when Jonathan Soriano netted in the first half, but
in the closing minutes the visitors snatched a share of the spoils with an equaliser from Aarón
Along with a goal apiece, Barça and Recre were also shown a red card
each too as Armando was sent off and was quickly followed for an early bath by Aarón, who went from
hero to villain on the night. Luis Enrique's Blaugrana proved once again why they are enjoying such
a successful return to the second tier of Spanish football with another assured performance against
a strong Andalucian outfit.
A bright start saw Barça press forward and after just five minutes the visitors' keeper,
Fabricio, was forced into action to make two saves as Marc Carmona and Marc Bartra both went close
to making the breakthrough. When the away team regrouped they sought to test the hosts back line,
but found the Blaugrana defence in good form and the game settled down. Soriano tried his luck
after 15 minutes while at the other end Rubén Miño watched a drive fly high over his crossbar
Chances began to come thick and fast and the game was not even a
quarter of the way through. Sergi Roberto found Soriano and he had another shot as the former
Espanyol forward showed that he could soon step up to the highest level. Miño was called into
action to deny Acuña and soon after the first goal came. Nolito broke into the area on 23 minutes
and was fouled by Raúl Cámara which left the referee with no choice but to point to the spot.
Soriano stepped forward and made no mistake from 12 yards as he steered the ball past Fabricio and
into the net.
With the lead secured Barça B took control of proceedings and looked likely to add
to their goal as they moved forward. Increasing the tally proved to be difficult however and Luis
Enrique was left frustrated on several occasions as he watched his players go close, but without
the finish. There were claims after the break for a second penalty when Lamas appeared to handle in
the area. Again Miño had to remain focused as Jesús Vázquez forced him into making a stop in the
63rd minute of what had become an entertaining match.
Muniesa suffered an ankle injury with 20 minutes remaining and took the
side some time to settle after his exit and the evening took an unexpected turn when a foul right
in front of the referee by Armando prompted the official to reach for the red card with nine
minutes left on the clock. Recre did not need asking twice within 60 seconds they had drawn level
as Aarón beat Miño. The goalscorer was wrapped up in his celebration too much to remember an
earlier booking and after taking off his shirt he was shown a second yellow card to bring the
number of players on each side to ten.
Barça used the remaining time to press for a winner and Bartra could have given
them all three points only for his shot to clip the woodwork. A point each was the reward at the
end and it ensures that Barça B will remain in the top six for yet another week.
Photos: Àlex Caparrós-FCB.
Barça B, 1
Recreativo de Huelva, 1
Barça B: Miño, Montoya, Bartra, Armando, Muniesa (74’ Planas), Romeu,
Carmona, S.Roberto, V.Vázquez (69’ Dos Santos), Nolito, J.Soriano (79’ Rochina).
RC Recreativo de Huelva: Fabricio, Raúl Cámara, Cabrera (82’ Kepa), Lamas,
Aitor, Matamala, Jesús Vázquez, Rafita (64’ Juan Villar), Aarón, Dani (70’ Emilio
Goals: 1-0, Jonathan Soriano (p), min 23; 1-1, Aarón, min.83.
Referee: Piñeiro Crespo.