The amount of water on the pitch forced the referee – who inspected the field twice – to suspend the match
Rain has been falling constantly on El Alcoraz stadium since Friday. The first inspection of the pitch ahead of this evening’s match wasn’t too hopeful and it looked as though the game would have to be suspended.
At 15.00, after a second inspection of the pitch, the referee declared that the game would be forward. The most affected zones of the pitch were the two areas, where stadium staff worked up until kick off to drain as much water as possible from the field. The staff put in a commendable effort as they were able to drain 14,000 liters of water from El Alcoraz.
The match against Huesca is scheduled to start at 16.30, half an hour later than originally planned.
However, the rain returned just before kick off and the referee was forced to postpone the match.
Barça B returns to Barcelona this afternoon
“We’re coming back today, we’re obliged to wait 24 hours but it’s impossible to play tomorrow, that possibility has been ruled out,” said Eusebio, who added: “it’s impossible to play on the pitch, but we were ready to play.” The manager believes it was a good decision to suspend the match seeing that “the pitch is very unstable and this way we can avoid injuries.” Eusebio added: “We’ll wait to see what the Federation says, but we’d prefer to not have to play next week because we’re hosting Recreativo de Huelva at the Mini on Friday.”
Great display from Huesca
Since this morning, the home team’s stadium staff has worked nonstop to remove the water from the soaked pitch. The home team did everything possible for the match to go forward, but the deluge right before kick off ruined the hard work put in by the pitch custodians.