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Barça B faced one of the trickiest trips in the Primera RFEF on Saturday, FC Andorra away, and had to do so without key late dropouts in the form of Ez Abde, Jandro Orellana and Ilias Akhomach, the latter feeling a fitness problem during the warm-up.
And despite a fine performance, especially towards the end of the game, the home side had been the better of the two earlier on and ended up clinching thee three points (2-1).
Barça went behind on the quarter hour after Andorra were awarded a harsh penalty for a minimal Ndiaye handball, converted confidently by Rubén Bover.
Andorra’s confidence was boosted by the goal and they dominated the possession and the chances for a good while, and were rewarded by a second goal when Ivan Gil placed a decent shot home on 25 minutes.
Ferran Jutglà had Barça’s best chance of the first half, but was denied by a fine piece of goalkeeping from Nicolás Ratti.
Sergi Barjuan’s created a lot more danger after the restart, especially as Andorra looked to be clearly tiring, unable to keep their extraordinary intensity for 90 minutes. Lucas de Vega picked up on a defensive error to set up Ferran Jutglà, whose control was quite splendid and the finish even better. Barça B were back within one goal, and back with a chance of getting something out of this game.
The goal buoyed the blaugrana, and the final few minutes were all about their intense pressure in search of an equaliser. Chances there were, but goals there were not, and they’re returning from the principality with nothing to show for their efforts.
FC Andorra: Ratti, Morer, Vilanova, Pastor, Vila Garcia, Gil (Sergio Molina, min. 68), Hevel (Altimira, min. 68), Aguado, Bover (Eudald Verges, min. 78), Martin (Fernández, min. 78) Nieto (Riverola, min. 86).
Barça B: Arnau Tenas, Dionkou, Comas, Ndiaye, Ramos Mingo, Sanz (Kays Ruiz, min. 85), Matheus Pereira, Aranda (Lucas de Vega, min. 46), Rodado (Peque Polo, min. 62), Jutglà, Peque (Fabio Blanco, min. 55).
Goals: 1 – 0, Rubén Bover (min. 17); 2 – 0, Iván Gil (min. 25); 2 – 1, Ferran Jutglà (min. 75).
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