Sporting Gijón v Barça B: Narrow defeat in the Molinón (1-0)
A Sporting Gijón team that needed the points in their fight for a playoff place proved too strong for Barça B
A Jony goal in the first half was enough to beat a Barça B side that tried but just couldn’t break down the home defence
Sporting Gijón, 1
Barça B, 0
Sporting: Cuéllar, Luis H., Bernardo, Sergio, Nacho Cases (Bustos, min 75), Lora, Canella (Menéndez, min 30), Lekic, Carmona, Pablo (Mendy, min 62) and Jony.
Barça B: Masip, Patric, S. Gómez, Ilie, Grimaldo, Samper (Sandro, min 74), Edu Bedia (Espinosa, min 83), Denis Suárez, Adama, Dongou (D.Nieto, min 67) and Munir.
Goal: 1-0 Jony, min 28.
Barça B were defeated by just the one goal (Jony) on Saturday against Sporting Gijón in the Molinón. Barça B produced a battling if lacklustre performance in the second half but it wasn’t enough to prevent a second away defeat on the bounce, though the team maintains its place near the top of the table.
Neither team on top
With a place in the top flight next season still a possibility, Sporting made most of the running in the opening minutes, though Barça B’s Adama and Dongou provided quite a threat down the wings. But in the home side’s first clear chance of the game, former Barça player Carmona set up Jony to make it 1-0.
Despite a decent reaction from Barça B, only a good save by Masip stopped Sporting from getting a second before the break.
Sporting sit back
Sporting sat back to defend their lead in the second half and while Adama provided some threat there was little sign of an equalizer.
Though Barça B had most of the ball, it was the home team that created the real danger, with Mendy hitting the woodwork seconds after coming on as a sub.
In the end, Jony’s first half goal was enough to take all three points and Barça B succumbed to their second successive away defeat after their win in the Miniestadi last week.