Barça B have lost at home to Sabadell in a game in which they enjoyed most of the chances. A cracking goal from Juvenal in the 40th minute was enough to decide the Catalan derby.
FC Barcelona B, 0
FC Barcelona B: Miño, Montoya, Bartra (Deulofeu, min 77), Tello, Dos Santos, Rodri
(Kiko Femenía, min 46), Armando, Riverola, Planas, Espinosa (Carmona, min 64) and Rafinha.
Sabadell: De Navas, Héctor Simón, Ramírez, Puigdollers (Juanjo, min 80), Juvenal,
Eneko (Aarón Bueno, min 73), Lanzarote, Toni Lao, Redondo, Florián (Baha, min 64) and Olmo.
Goals: 0-1, Juvenal (min 41)
Referees: Arias López
Venue: Miniestadi (6,230 spectators)
Barça B are still without a win at home this season. Lady luck was once again missing in the
Miniestadi and Eusebio’s side failed to pick up any points from a game that was theirs for
There were 6,230 people in the stadium, including a sizeable contingent from Sabadell, to
watch a match that was preceded by a minute’s silence in memory of Barça legend Chus Pereda,
who died this week.
Failure to capitulate
The Barça reserves had the lion’s share of the possession and chances in the
first 45 minutes. Marc Bartra came close with a long range effort, and then Rafinha sent a golden
opportunity sailing over the bar. Rodri, Tello twice, Rafinha again and then Dos Santos from a free
kick also failed to put the home side ahead. But Sabadell are in the top half of the table for a
reason, and in only their third encroachment on the Barça B goal, they broke the deadlock. Juvenall
struck the ball beautifully and stunned Miño in the 40th minute. There was no questioning the
quality of the goal, but it was totally against the run of play.
No reward for persistence
Barça B refused to be affected by Sabadell’s goal and after the break they
continued with the same intensity. But Sabadell were also a different side, and started creating
more and more chances of their own. The last half hour saw FC Barcelona back in command, and there
were claims for a penalty on Bartra that the referee preferred to ignore. But the real star of the
second half was Cristian Tello, with almost all of the chances involving him in some way. As the
game drew to a close, both Carmona and Rafinha were disappointed not to make more of their chances,
but there was to be no further score, and it was the Sabadell fans who had smiles on their faces as
they made the short journey home.