FC Barcelona B drew one-all with UD Las Palmas in a match marked by poor pitch conditions due to the intense rain in Barcelona
Barça B, 1
Las Palmas, 1
FC Barcelona B: Oier, Balliu, Ilie, Planas, Lombán, Deulofeu (Araujo, min. 70), Luis Alberto (Kiko Femenía, min.65), Rafinha, Lobato, Dongou (Patric, min. 87) and Grimaldo.
UD Las Palmas: Barbosa, Pignol, Vicente Gómez, David García, Víctor, Nauzet (Momo, min.67), Thievy, J. Castellano (Hernán, min.75), Javi Guerrero (Chrisantus, min.58), Corrales, Murillo.
Goals: 1-0, Deulofeu, min 34, and 1-1, Chrisantus, min 72.
Referee: Jorgue Figueroa Vázquez.
The team led by Eusebio Sacristán was unable to beat Las Palmas in a match where the pitch slowly deteriorated into a pseudo-swimming pool. Barça B dominated the first half and went to the break with a one-goal advantage thanks to a strike from Gerard Deulofeu. In the second half, however, the water-saturated pitch didn’t allow Barça B to play to its strengths. Las Palmas took advantage of the situation and drew level thanks to a goal from Chrisantus. The Azulgrana enjoyed the last chance of the game with a free kick just outside the visiting team's area (min. 93), but Araujo sent the ball over the crossbar.
Few opportunities in the first half
The first 45 minutes saw both teams attempt to score the opening goal without too much success. Thievy, Las Palmas’ forward, hit the crossbar on 15 minutes, and Deulofeu’s goal 19 minutes later were two of the very few goalscoring chances both teams created in the first half. Despite the lack of chances, Barça B started off the game by pinning their opponents back. In fact, after only 2 minutes, Deulofeu found himself in front of Las Palmas’ goal but his shot went narrowly wide. Despite the poor condition of the pitch, Eusebio Sacristán’s men started employing their typical style, one-touch possession football. Las Palmas wasn’t about to go down without a fight, however, and they made sure to make it a sticky match for the Azulgrana.
It wasn’t until the 34th minute that Deulofeu managed to fire FC Barcelona B ahead after a magnificent play on the wing. The Catalan forward made a diagonal run down the left flank, found Luis Alberto, whose one-touch pass set up Deulofeu for a one-on-one with the keeper Barbosa.
Rain takes center stage in the second half
Barça B continued to dominate ball possession in the second half. Deulofeu was the most incisive player at the start of the second 45, but the condition of the pitch - saturated by the intense rain - stopped Eusebio’s men in their tracks. The pitch condition worsened as time ticked off the clock and both teams were forced to abandon possession-style football. The visiting side were clearly the more comfortable side on the pitch as they quickly scored the equaliser. Thievy was the first to come close (min.65) with a shot that narrowly missed its mark, and seven minutes later, on 72 minutes, Chrisantus headed the ball in for the tying goal thanks to a superb cross from Momo on the right wing.
Momo was the protagonist a couple of minutes later when he almost beat Oier with a shot from just outside the Barça area.
In added time, Vicente Gómez awarded Barça a free kick for a foul on Rafinha. Sergio Araujo was the man tasked with scoring the match-winner, but his attempt sailed over the crossbar.
Playing at home with the away kit
On a more curious note, FC Barcelona B played with the yellow and orange kit instead of their more traditional red and blue strip. The referee decided that the home team needed to play with their away kit because Las Palmas’ uniform was all black.