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Carles Aleñá and Theo celebrate their second goal / VICTOR SALGADO - FCB

The FC Barcelona U19 A side and BATE Borisov U19s produced an entertaining clash in the Miniestadi with the home side coming out victorious to take top spot in Group E of the UEFA Youth League. Carlos Aleñá was the hero with both goals in the win over the Belarusians with Barça now having recorded two wins and two draws in their four group games so far in the competition.

The blaugranes controlled the encounter for the majority of the game except for a few moments in the first half when the visitors threatened the goal defender by Barça keeper Andreu. The side coached by former Barça player Gabri Garcia went ahead after 19 minutes of the opening half. Just minutes before BATE keeper Dzianis had made an excellent save from Carles Pérez to keep the scores at 0-0 but there was nothing he could do when Theo crossed for Aleñá to finish from inside the box to give Barça the lead.

The U19s had opportunities to extend their lead before half time – Rio went close after he was put through by an excellent back heeled pass from Carbonell. Then, just a few minutes before the break, Theo hit the post and almost immediately Ferran had an effort saved by the keeper. Before the half time whistle there was still time for BATE to hit the woodwork with an effort from Dzmitry.

Second half reward

Barça came out in the second half determined to continue their impressive first half performance. Carles Pérez went close with a shot that grazed the post just a minute after the restart before Aleñá scored his second on 51 minutes to double the home side’s advantage. From that moment on, BATE were a beaten side and the blaugranes dominated the rest of the game with the Belarusians only threatening very rarely on the counter attack. Barça now lead their group and are still unbeaten in this season’s UEFA Youth League.


[HIGHLIGHTS] UEFA Youth League: FC Barcelona... by fcbarcelona

La fitxa

FC Barcelona, 2

FC BATE Borisov, 0

Barça: Cucurella, Juanma, Montes, Morer, Ferran (Álex Blanco, 80’), Carbonell (Busquets, 61’), Theo (Enric, 75’), Carles Pérez, Aleñá and Marc Rio.

BATE Boríssov: Dzianis, Ilya (Artsiom, 56’), Baiduk (Filipovich, 41’), Roubut, Buyak, Malkevich, Aliaksei, Bikulau, Dzmitry, Bely and Alshanik (Pavel, 84’).

Goals: 1-0, Aleñá (19’). 2-0, Aleñá (51’).

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