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Monchu's first half goal against Sabadell gave Barça B a fifth victory of the season, taking them up into the play-off places. The Johan Cruyff Stadium has become a fortress for the young side, and with five games played there they've yet to taste defeat (three wins and two draws).
Aware of the difficulty of overcoming a rival like Sabadell, Garcia Pimienta's side took a very serious approach to the game. Álex Collado had already stung the keeper's fingertips before a great move ended with Saverio assisting Monchu to open the scoring.
Sabadell picked up the pace, but Barça B's defensive strength prevented them from equalising. Hiroki Abe, who replaced Saverio in the second half, saw his powerful shot stopped by Mackay, and that was the closest that the blaugrana came to adding a second. Iñaki Peña, who had rarely been called upon throughout the match, saved his team during injury time with two great stops.
The win saw Barça B move up to fourth place with 18 points, three behind the leader, Lleida.
Barça B, 1
Barça B: Iñaki Peña, Morer, Mingueza, Riqui Puig, Álex Collado, Monchu (Cuenca, min 87), Abel Ruiz, Saverio (Hiroki Abe, min 75), Araujo, Jandro (Sarsanedas, min 84) and Akieme.
Sabadell: Ian Mackay, Josu, Aleix Coch, Ángel (Egdar, min 75), Adri Cuevas, Néstor Querol, Óscar Rubio (Pascual, min 68), Boniquet, Capó, Grego and Aarón Rey (Manu Lanzarote, min 60).
Goals: 1-0, Monchu (min 24).
Official: Pardeiro Puente. Yellow cards for Morer, Ángel Martínez, Aleix Coch, Grego and Néstor.
Attendance: 4,092 spectators at the Johan Cruyff Stadium.
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