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Alen Halilovic, shown here in a match at the Miniestadi, scored the lone goal in Barça B's win at Girona on Sunday. / PHOTO: VÍCTOR SALGADO - FCB

Barça B beat Girona by the minimum on a second half goal by Halilovic in a game they did not dominate, with the Croat's finish on a counterattack being just enough to down a very good opponent.

Ortolá a saviour

Barça B was not at all comfortable during the first half and they had a tough time trying to control play. In fact, Girona were the ones who dominated possession in the first 45 minutes. Eusebio's men were unable to play their usual game and suffered under the suffocating pressure of Pablo Machin's side. Bigas hit the crossbar in the second minute, and six minutes later Mata almost scored from outside the area, but Ortolá saved his shot just when it looked to be going in.

Barça, however, were able to generate some opportunities of their own. Adama beat three defenders and came into the area, but there was nobody there to help him finish. Girona continued with the same intensity and had two more chances to light up the scoreboard. First, Lejeune headed off a corner kick but was denied by Ortolá. Then Ortolá stoned Sandaza in a one on one.

Barça's killer counters

Barça were only able to reach Girona's area due to Adama and Sandro's ability to create open space. Sandro's feet led to their clearest chance as he found a closing of Dongou, whose shot was saved. The rebound went to Adama, who shot and missed.

Samper came on in midfield after the break but the team still could not control the ball with Girona continuing on with the same intensity they showed in the first half. The home side could have gone ahead on multiple occasions. Mata missed a great opportunity, and two minutes later Ramalho's shot grazed the right post.

Halilovic delivers

Eusebio 's men continued to suffer, but when it seemed that Girona were very close to taking the lead, Barça were the ones to do so thanks to a goal by Halilović in the 62nd minute. The Croatian midfielder picked the ball up in midfield and carried for 30 meters before breaking down two defenders and sending a powerful shot with his left foot from the edge of the area that was impossible to stop. It was a Messi-esque goal that would stand for the remainder of the match, giving Barça their first win since game 9 when they beat Alcorcón at the Miniestadi.

MATCH STATISTICS

Girona FC, 0
Barça B, 1

Girona FC: Becerra, Cifuentes (Coris, 80'), Ramalho, Richy, Lejeune, Bigas (Aday, 71'), Pere Pons, Àlex Granell, Felipe (Christian Alfonso, 80'), Mata, Fran Sandaza.

Barça B: Ortolá, Diagnés, Edgar Ié, Mackey Bagnack, Robert Costa, Pol Calvet (Samper, 45'), Gumbau, Halilovic (Babunski, 89'), Adama, Dongou, Sandro (Joan Román, 85').

Goals: 0-1 Halilovic (62').

Referee: Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea.

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