FC Barcelona B – SD Eibar: The visitors take the Mini (0-2)

After last week’s win on the road, Barça B were defeated at home by Eibar



FC Barcelona B: Masip, Patric, Sergi Gomez, Bagnack, Planas, Ilie (Samper, min 61), Bedia, Denis Suárez, Espinosa (Joan Roman, min 66), Sandro (Dongou, min 19) and Nieto.

Eibar: Irureta, Albentosa, Capa, Arruabarrena, Eizmendi (Gilvan, min 77), Dani García (Errasti, min 80), Yuri, Lillo, Morales (Kijera, min 86), Rivas and Raúl Navas.

Goals: 0-1 Eizmendi (min 56), 0-2 Morales (min 82)

Barça B picked up their third consecutive defeat at home this Sunday as Eibar fired for two unanswered goals. Eusebio’s men struggled to find the form that led them to victory in Mendizorroza last week as the visiting side employed a strong, physical approach that hampered Barça’s free-flowing style of play. A pivotal play, which led to Eibar’s opener and a Barça player ejected, decided the match.

Difficult start

Barça B were not comfortable against a very organised rival that constantly created chances through set pieces and counterattacks. On 14 minutes, Morales found himself in front of Masip, but Ilie intercepted just in time to deflect the shot into the woodwork. The Basque side shifted their focus to the left flank, but Bagnack did well to avert any danger as his defensive performance was nearly impeccable.

Penalty to the woodwork

Eusebio’s men breathed easier when the ball was at the feet of the team’s creative players. However, Espinosa, Denis Suárez and Edu Bedia still found it difficult to link up with Dongou – who came in for the injured Sandro on the 17th minute – and Dani Nieto. On the 43rd minute, Patric conceded a clear penalty and Arruabarrena took the shot a la ‘Panenka,’ but his attempt hit the crossbar. Barça B reacted immediately and created two consecutive chances, but both were denied.

Double blow

After the break, Barça B slowly took control of the match, but against the flow of play, Eizmendi scored the opener as he headed the ball to the far post on 56 minutes. Minutes later, Patric was ejected as he committed his second bookable offense. Things weren’t looking good for Eusebio’s men.

Eibar get their second

Despite being down a man, the reserve side pinned the visitors back and laid siege to Irureta’s goal. Eusebio urged his men forward, but Eibar’s defence stood firm. On the 82nd minute, Morales finished off a quick counterattack to score the definitive 0-2.

Two mid-week league matches await FC Barcelona

Sunday training session / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB
Barça will play away to Celta on Tuesday and host Espanyol on Friday at the Camp Nou

Two league matches in four days. Barça face an atypical week where they’ll play on Tuesday away to Celta Vigo (22.00) and on Friday at home against Espanyol (21.00). The team will train on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday at the Ciutat Esportiva, and at the Camp Nou on Friday morning. The last training session of the week will be on Saturday afternoon at 12.00 at the Ciutat Esportiva.

Monday, October 28

11.00 – Training session at the Ciutat Esportiva.

Tuesday, October 29

22.00 – League match – Celta v Barça.

Wednesday, October 30

13.00 – Training session at the Ciutat Esportiva.

Thursday, October 31

18.00 – Training session at the Ciutat Esportiva.

Friday, November 1

12.00 – Training session at the Camp Nou.

21.00 – League match – Barça – Espanyol.

Saturday, November 3

12.00 – Training session at the Ciutat Esportiva.

Sunday, November 4

Day off.

Four great Celta-Barça moments, featuring Hagi, Van Gaal, Eto’o, Abidal and Messi.

The 2005/06 title winning celebrations at Balaídos. PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB.
Gica Hagi, Louis van Gaal, Samuel Eto’o, Éric Abidal and Leo Messi have all featured in memorable Barça visits to Vigo

Barça visit Balaidos this Tuesday for a fixture that has produced some memorable moments over the last few decades, which we look at below.

1993/94 season: Hagi in the fog
In the middle of heavy fog, Gica Hagi scored an amazing goal, getting the winning goal in the 2-3 win on 90 minutes, firing home from midfield. Celta keeper Villanueva could hardly see the ball as it flew past him and Hagi claimed one of Barça’s most curious goals.

2002/03 season: defeat costs Van Gaal his job
Barça travelled to Balaidos in the 19th week of the season in a difficult situation, sitting in middle of the table and the 2-0 defeat they suffered was to cost Louis Van Gaal his job, in his second session at the Club  in the middle of a poor period for Barça.


2005/06 season: Champions at half-time
Second place Valencia’s defeat made Frank Rijkaard’s Barça mathematically champions by halftime of the game against Celta. The team didn’t let that get to them though, running out winners thanks to a Samuel Eto’o winner ahead of their second Champions League win in Paris.

2011/12 season: Abidal’s return and another Messi record
Last season’s Celta-Barça game was full of emotion, as Éric Abidal made his return to the squad one year after his liver transplant. Although he didn’t actually play, the Frenchman was giving a standing ovation by the Balaidos crowd. The game ended 2-2, with Leo Messi completing an amazing record of scoring against every team in a single half season.

PHOTO GALLERY: Another look at yesterday's match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid.

Puyol, Neymar, Cesc i Iniesta, a la banqueta esperant que l'àrbitre xiulés el final del Barça-Madrid / FOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB


Photo gallery: Alexis' goal against Madrid

Alexis, au Camp Nou / Photo Miguel Ruiz


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