Barça B have picked up a valuable point at home to Tenerife in a game in which Jordi Vinyals’ side had to work hard right until the very end. The dismissal of Jean Marie Dongou after just 33 minutes was a turning point in the game. The Cameroonian had already found the net when he dismissed by the referee in the first half, helping Barça to a 2-1 lead. Tenerife salvaged a point with a second half equaliser from Maxi against the ten men of Barça B.
The blaugranes got off to the best possible start when Sergi Palencia from the U19A side, making his debut for the B side, provided Adama with a ball into space. The latter placed a perfect cross for Dongou to finish sharply with his left foot to give Vinyals’ side the lead after just three minutes. Nevertheless, after just 12 minutes, Tenerife were level. A mistake from Barça B at the back was punished by the visitors, Suso providing Ifrán with a pass that the striker gathered and beat keeper Suárez to make it 1-1.
The home side were not fazed and after 24 minutes they were back in the lead. Grimaldo played a lovely one-two with Cámara and made his way into the Tenerife box where he was brought down by Carlos Ruiz. Patric stroked home the resultant penalty to give Barça B a 2-1 lead. Striker Dongou was then red carded for a challenge on Vitolo before both sides had opportunities before half time. Tenerife striker Maxi struck the post with an effort and Sandro could have made it 3-1 had his effort not gone just over the bar.
The visitors came out in the second half intent of levelling things up. However, Barça keeper José Aurelio Suárez made several important saves to keep his side in the lead. Tenerife’s best player Suso then conjured up an excellent pass to find Maxi unmarked the striker made it 2-2 with half an hour still remaining. The visitors pressed for the win but found Suárez in inspired form and Jordi Vinyals’ team held for a valuable point in a game in which they played almost an hour with just 10 men.