Frustrating match from Barça B. Not for the performance in particular, but for the misfortune and for being one of those days in which nothing works for you but for the rivals. After 3 consecutive wins, Barcelona visited leaders Nastic with the top spot at stake. You could see Nastic were a side closer to Segunda than Segunda B, with a great stadium and sometimes looking like men against boys.
In the 1st minute, the locals were already leading through a tremendous volley from outside the box. By the 22nd minute, they were 3-0 up, including another incredible strike from long range. Barça B were switched off, but then, perhaps too late, got into the game. After a corner, in the 26th minute, Mika pulled one back.
The action that defined the clash was Jandro Orellana’s wonderful free-kick right before half-time that…hit the crossbar. There could have been some hope, but no chances went in. Rey Manaj also missed with an open net. Barça dominated the second half, but seeing they were 3-1 down and couldn’t score, they started running out of fresh legs and minds.
Barça had tried to play with two strikers, Alex Collado inside and two high full-backs, but the overreliance on them didn’t work with Alvaro Sanz a makeshift right-back. The frustration even saw Sanz be sent off late on. The good news: the debut of Juvenil A’s excellent winger Jaume Jardí, the demonstration that the B has extraordinary midfielders in Jandro, Nico, Lucas de Vega and Collado, and the improvement after the 3-0. Nastic scored two bangers and Barça were wasteful, but it’s a day for the boys to learn.