Barça B

Barça B faces the final rush with another victory (3-4)

The team celebrates their qualifying / FC Barcelona B on Twitter
The team celebrates their qualifying / FC Barcelona B on Twitter

Barça B closes the second phase with a goal festival against Villarreal B. Rotations caused there to be debutants on the goalscorer list. Matheus Pereira broke into the list with a brace and Oriol Busquets scored his first goal of the season. The team is two wins away from being promoted to the second division.

The second phase of the complicated Segunda Division B ends with an extraordinary “B” team, which has bagged 15 of the 18 possible points in this second stage. Garcia Pimienta made rotations to rest his best players before the decisive matches, and still managed to dominate during the first half in Vila-real.

With Nico, Collado, Manaj, Mika and Roger on the bench, Jandro Orellana took full control of the team, and Oriol Busquets regained a fantastic version. In the first half, “Busi” gave a great assist and scored on the edge of the first half with a great pass from Jandro. The 0-3 at half-time was completed by Matheus with a penalty, the first goal of the match.

In the second half the usual starters returned to the pitch, and the match lost the rhythm that the blaugranas had stablished in the first half. Marsà, who had been a real threat on the first half, was replaced, and Konrad was left alone on the right wing. Villarreal took advantage of the moments of doubt to score 1-3 and put the yellows back into the match.

By scoring the goal, the home team came up to press, and Konrad found the necessary spaces to delight the audience and make the opponent suffer. In a solo action on the right side he ended up finding Manaj, who defined perfect for the game-ending 1-4. However, Villarreal did not shrink, but continued to generate opportunities and make build-ups difficult to Pimi’s boys.

In the 80th minute, a centre after a big play ended with Balde scoring an own-goal, and in the 90th minute the home team managed to cut even further to 3-4, but did not have time to get the draw and Barça B took the win despite having mismanaged the second half.

Tomorrow the draw of the final groups will be held, where Barça B will face a second or third qualifier from another group, and if they win, they’ll have to beat another team in a final, which will be the winner resulting from the other matchup to play next season in LaLiga Smartbank. The format is very similar to a “final four”, with two semi-finals and a final, all being played in 1 leg. The first will face the fourth and the second will face the third. Out of a total of 16 teams qualified for this final phase, four “final fours” will be assembled, and the resulting 4 winners will have a spot in the second category of Spanish football in the 2021/22 season. We wish Barça B best of luck in the draw.