Martí Riverola / PHOTO: Álex Caparrós - FCB

The Barça reserve side continued their run of good form this week as they took on Córdoba, sixth in the Liga Adelante table. The Azulgranas are unbeaten in their last six league fixtures - they’ve won three games and drawn three. They can face the final stretch of the season with a certain air of tranquility.

Barça B take the lead

The match started off with both teams, eager to strike first, creating goal scoring chances. The first shot on goal came on 12 minutes through Sergi Roberto. The player from Reus unleashed a shot from just outside the box but the ball missed its mark by very little. In the very next play, Córdoba responded. Airam had a one-on-one with Oier, however his acrobatic shot wasn’t enough to beat the Catalan keeper.

Deulofeu, injured

The offensive effort put in by the reserve side brought its recompense after 20 minutes. Gerard Deulofeu opened up the scoring after taking advantage of a good pass from Ivan Balliu. The Catalan found himself alone in front of the keeper in the small area and he had no mercy as his buried the ball in the net. The game didn’t change after the goal, both sides kept on trying to score. Rodri tried his luck after a pass from Deulofeu, but his shot was saved. Córdoba attempted to draw level through a cross from Javi Hervás, but the Barça defence was quick to clear the danger. Riverola came on for an injured Deulofeu on 35 minutes. The player will undergo further tests on Tuesday to determine the extent of the injury.

As time went on, and with the scoreboard in Barça’s favour, Eusebio Sacristán’s men started to control the game through ball possession. The Azulgranas were feeling more and more comfortable in the match against the prickly Andalusian side. Martí Riverola scored the second goal on 40 minutes after knocking in a  rebound from the keeper. The teams went to the dressing room with a 2-0 on the scoreboard.

Few chances in the second half

The second half wasn’t quite as intense as the first. The goal-scoring chances were few and far between for both teams. Barça B, however, did manage to create a couple of chances; one through Riverola’s cross and another through a strike from Armando from a corner.

The match continued with the same dynamic until the 90th minute. The Azulgranas, who had the game secured, tried to consolidate their lead and Córdoba tried to pull one back; neither side were successful. In the end, Barça came away with another victory at home.

The next Barça B match will be against Girona on Saturday, April 14th at 18:00.

MATCH STATS

FC BARCELONA B, 2
CÒRDOVA, 0

FC Barcelona B: Oier, J. Dos Santos, Rodri (Espinosa, min 85), Sergi Roberto, S. Gómez, Armando, Lobato (Carmona, min 72), Planas, Balliu, Gerard (Riverola, min 35) and Rafinha.

Córdova: Alberto G., Borja G, Charles, Ximo Navarro, Dubarbier, Fernández, López Silva, Alberto A., D. Prieto (Patiño, min 65), Airam C (Pepe Diaz, min 79) and J. Hervás (F. Vico, min 45).

Goals: 1-0, Gerard Deulofeu, min 20; 2-0,  Martí Riverola, min 40.

Referee: José Luis Lesma López. Yellow card for Planas (min 37),  J. Dos Santos (min 53),  Alberto (min 62), Armando (min 68) and López Silva (min 81).