FC Barcelona B v CE Sabadell: Comeback at the Miniestadi (3-1)
The reserve team won their first game of the season by cancelling out Sabadell's early lead Joan Román (pen) and Dongou (2), the latter also missing a penalty, scored the three goals
Barça B beat Sabadell at the Miniestadi to get their first points of the season. The visitors took an early lead through Kiko Olivas, who one minute later was sent off. Dongou missed one penalty before Joan Román did convert a spot kick, and then Dongou made up for his earlier error with a match-winning brace.
It took just nine minutes for Kiko Olivas to turn home a corner and put Sabadell in command in the Catalan derby. Barça B responded quickly, and Dongou was through on goal when he was brought tumbling down by the same man who had just opened the scoring, Olivas, who was sent off. Dongou himself took the penalty, but his effort hit the post.
Barça B made the extra man count and the rest of half was a constant onslaught on the Sabadell goal, with Joan Román coming close before Crespí brought down Joan Román in the area for the second penalty of the night. This time Román opted to take it, and found the net to make it 1-1.
After the break, Barça B continued to dominate, but as a second goal just didn’t seem to want to come, manager Eusebio decided to boost the forward line by sending on striker Juan Cámara for his official debut. Adama was particularly lively in pursuit of a winner, but Sabadell were keeping things incredibly tight at the back, while causing the occasional threat on the counter. But finally Patric found a rare bit of space down the right and used it to cross to Dongou, who coolly made it 2-1.
Sabadell now had no choice but to push forward, and did come close through both Collantes and Aridai, but they were always in danger of leaving themselves exposed at the back. And Barça B made the most of that situation, with Dongou finishing off an Adama move to get his second of the day, and Barça B’s third. It was the perfect response to the defeat in Pamplona last week and sets the reserve team up nicely for next week’s game, also at home, with Zaragoza.