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Barça B on promotion charge will face UCAM Murcia in semi-final

// FC Barcelona

UCAM Murcia will be Barcelona B’s penultimate obstacle on the road to promotion to the second tier of Spanish football. The game will take place on May 16th and on neutral territory at the Estadio Municipal Vicente Sanz in Don Benito.

The Spanish football federation conducted a draw on Monday afternoon where eight semi-final play-offs were drawn. One of which was UCAM Murcia against Barcelona B. The eight winners of those semi finals will later be drawn into four finals, whom the winners of will be promoted to Spanish football’s second tier. All semi-finals and finals will be played over one leg.

The eight semi-finals are as follows:

  • Burgos – Calahorra
  • Real Sociedad B – Andorra
  • Linares – Amorebieta
  • Badajoz – Zamora
  • Ibiza – Real Madrid Castilla
  • San Sebastián de los Reyes – Algeciras
  • Athletic Club B – Celta Vigo B

Garcia Pimienta’s team have booked their spot in the play-offs by finishing 2nd in the league, and then winning five of their six games in the second stage. That leaves 180 minutes of football away from a return to the second tier of Spanish football, which they last were relegated from in 2017/18.

First team reinforcements

Oscar Mingueza and Iliax Morbia are still not permanent first team players and could in theory join charge for promotion. It’s looking rather unlikely however, as both have established themselves as regular first team players, with Mingueza having locked down the right center back spot, and Moriba often coming on as a substitute. A journalist faced Ronald Koeman with that question in in his latest press conference, to which the dutchman responded:

“The first team is always the most important. We haven’t discussed helping the B team to archive promotion but if one day we can help them, as always, we help each other. But we also know that the first team is the most important thing.”