Dani Olmo

Dani Olmo / PHOTO: AL KASS INTERNATIONAL CUP

The Cadete A team qualified for the quarter-finals of the Al Kass International Cup after drawing with Kashiwa Reysol (2-2). The Blaugrana had to fight back from a two-goal deficit after the Japanese team took the lead in the first half. Quique Álvarez’s team reacted in the second half and they managed to draw level thanks to goals from Lee and Olmo (min 64 and 66).

Barça will have to wait for the result from the match between PSG and Kashiwa on Wednesday to know whether or not they win the group. Barça’s rival will come out of Group C, which is composed of Auxerre, AC Milan and Fluminense.

Surprised by the Japanese team

Kashiwa Reysol were very intense at the start of the match and they took Quique Álvarez’s team by surprise with their one-touch possession style of play. The Blaugrana created more chances but the Japanese were more effective.

Nakamura (min 25) scored the first goal after a good personal play in the area. Barça tried to fight back and Dani Morer came very close but his shot was saved by the keeper Sobeya (min 31).

With two minutes to go before the break, a great collective play from Kashiwa doubled their lead over the Blaugrana, Otani scored the goal.

Barça fight back

The Cadete A team doubled down in the second half. Lee brought Barça within one goal after a fantastic personal play on 64 minutes, and two minutes later, a magnificent pass from Aleñá allowed Olmo to score the equaliser.

Both teams tried to take the win, and they both had chances but neither side managed to score the match winning goal.