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Jordi Vinyals, tècnic del Juvenil A. FOTO: Àlex Caparrós / FCB

The Youth A side are showing excellent progress as demonstrated today against the Ghana U20 national team in a game that ended one each.

It was a tight match with chances for both sides, although the Africans probably had most, especially in the second half when Onana was particularly outstanding.

The Black Stars took an early 6th minute lead through Francis Warh, and Barça didn’t manage to find an answer until the 70th minute, when a Joel Huertas shot deflected in off a Ghanaian defender.

Agostinho Cá, Munir and Palencia as reinforcements

Jordi Vinyals picked a team using mainly his regular first team plus a few additional recruits. Barça B’s Agostinho Cá, who needs to get match practice, was played in midfield, while two players from the Youth B team, Munir and Palencia, played half a match each and looked competitive.

Vinyals started the match using Tienda, Palencia, Roger, Costa, Brian, Samper, Ebwelle, Cá, Cristian, Joel and Maxi. In the second half he also fielded: Onana, Lucas, Babunski, Pol Calvet, Quintillà and Munir.

Deserved draw

This was always going to be a tough challenge for the Youth B team, against an international side preparing for a major tournament later this month. The U20 African Cup of Nations doubles as a qualifying tournament for the U20 World Cup in Turkey, where Ghana are expected to be one of the favourites.

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