Some of the Barça B players played for the first team this Tuesday in the Champions League, and against a powerful Almería side, it was almost as if the brilliance of the European competition had rubbed off on the whole team. In a thrilling and open match, a solo goal from Jonathan Soriano gave way to a heart-stopping second half, with a an exchange of blows that would leave both sides with three goals apiece - the last of which was scored by the visitors in the last minute of the game.

Freight trains clash

Even though many fresh faces made up Barça B’s starting line-up, nothing unusual for Eusebio Sacristan’s side, the team was determined to take the initiative of the match from the start. The first chances of the match were Barça’s thanks to an omnipresent Cristian Tello down the right wing. Little by little, however, Almería came into its own and started to show why they are considered condenters for promotion with three clear chances on Masip’s goal before the half. Almería’s best chance was through Ulloa, who stuck his chip shot a bit too hard and narrowly missed.

Soriano breaks the deadlock

The flow of the game suggested that Barça had the better start and that Almería was slowly gaining ground. It wasn’t until Soriano grabbed the rebound from Amlería’s keeper, Esteban, and rifled the ball into the net in the last minute of the first half that the deadlock was broken. The goal foreshadowed what was to come in the second half.

Disappointing point

At the start of the second half, Almería reacted with two goals from Fernando Soriano, albeit, his second was a bit fortunate (min. 68). Gerard Deulofeu revolutionised the game when he came on two minutes after Amlería’s second goal. It wasn’t long after that Riverola brought Barça back on level terms with the visitors. The goal was almost identical to Barça’s first. Shortly after, Barça took the lead through a brilliant Tello. With little time left on the clock and enjoying chances that could have put the game beyond reach, Barça B had done its work. But lady luck turned her back on the team in the dying moments of the game. A goal from Aarón in the 89th minute meant that Barça B would have to share the points after a vibrant and spectacular second half.


FCB B, 3

FC Barcelona B: Masip; Balliu, Sergi Gómez, Muniesa, Lobato; Dos Santos, Riverola, Carmona (Deulofeu, m. 70); Tello (Planas, m. 88), Rodri (Rafinha, m. 60) and Jonathan Soriano.

Almeria: Esteban; Míchel, Carlos García, Santi (Omar, m. 86), Jakobsen; Bernardello (Verza, m. 80), Corona, Soriano; Aleix Vidal, Goitom and Ulloa (Aaron, m. 81).

Goals: 1-0, min. 45: Jonathan Soriano. 1-1, min. 55: Soriano. 1-2, min. 68: Soriano. 2-2, min. 78: Riverola. 3-2, m. 82: Tello. 3-3, m. 90: Aaron.

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