Barça B

Barça B add a key point heading into the second phase (0-0)

Tenas saved Badalona's best opportunity / Miguel Ruiz (FCB)
Tenas saved Badalona’s best opportunity / Miguel Ruiz (FCB)

Barça B could not untie against Badalona, but Nàstic’s defeat and Andorra’s draw make it a valuable point to be well positioned in the second phase. Garcia Pimienta’s boys finish second in the group and have many options to play in the Second Division’s promotion Playoff.

Segunda B away matches are never comfortable, and Barca B did not have a good time against Badalona. The significant absences of Jandro Orellana, with ankle discomfort, and Oriol Busquets, with an injury to the femoral biceps that could keep him out for a month and a half, were noticed in the center positions of the Blaugranas.

The game was almost never under control. With Nico focused on defensive tasks and Matheus missing, the “B” attack was based on Konrad and Collado’s driving and balls into space for the attackers to try to run. Angel Alarcón, who made his debut as a starter, had hardly any impact on the game from the right wing.

As a result of the ball drivings of the two most outstanding players, some occasions came as set pieces, but luck was not on the side of the culés to change the scoreboard. Badalona had a very clear chance during the first half, but Arnau Tenas managed to save it with incredible determination.

On the pitch, phases of Blaugrana possession alternated with box-to-box play in which Badalona felt more comfortable, but no clear occasions were generated in either goal except isolated actions. In the second half, the home team was more incisive looking for the goal that would qualify them for the second phase, but the “B” held up well until they were able to react and regain some control of the match.

However, neither team generated real danger, and the visitors accepted a tie that puts them in a privileged place in the second phase, while Badalona stayed out of the first three spots in favour of Piqué and Eder Sarabia’s Andorra team, which will accompany Nàstic and Barça B to the second phase for promotion.