A mesmerizing parable from the La Masia winger gave the equalizer to a Barca B side who kept trying and won the prize with a header on the same horn
The team let their guard down at half-time and it cost them dearly, conceding two painful goals, but they managed to overcome
Three points with a taste of glory for the Barça subsidiary. Always under the name of Barça Atlètic and with a club emblem as a player like Rafa Márquez in charge of operations. With the exception of the disconnection before the break, which cost two goals, good feelings from a team that has a little magician named Ilias and several handsome kids. The goal on the same buzzer from Chadi Riad caused a liberated Johann to explode with joy.
Tenas, Álex Valle, Chadi Riad, Dionkou, Álvaro Núñez, Casadó (Juanda, 79′), Álvaro Sanz (Carbonell, 46′), Txus Alba, Estanis (Aleix Garrido, 79′), Ilias and Roberto.
Sarr, Manu Sanchez, Ó. Gil, Iago Indias, Salva Ruiz, Cristian, Calavera (Carlos, 80′), Pablo Hernández, Koné (Nacho Gimeno, 80′), De León (Abtón, 65′) and Romera.
1-0, Estanis (12′). 1-1, Romera (42nd). 1-2, Skull (45′). 2-2, Ilias (66′). 2-3 Chadi Riyadh (95′).
Perez Peraza (Canary). TA: Txus Alba, Casadó/ Manu Sánchez
Match played at the Estadi Johan Cruyff in front of 1,279 spectators and with a large presence of ‘orelluts’ supporters.
The “Kaiser of Michoacán” had warned in advance. The idea is to play with the same system and model as the first team and to be in constant “connection” with Xavi’s idiosyncrasy. With the marked 4-3-3, with two pure wingers with a changed leg like Estanis and Ilias and with two interior players like Álvaro Sanz and Txus Alba. Reference, the new signature Roberto. In the stands, the even more recent arrival of Luismi Cruz.
Márquez’s men started with clear ideas. Carry the weight of the game, swing from side to side, move the ball quickly. Despite some initial scare from Castellón, which was accompanied by an “orelluda” tide that flooded the Johan, the control of Barça. After a goal disallowed in the 9th minute against Álvaro Sanz, at minute 12, a personal game from Estanis Pedrola’s left side ended 1-0. Great inside slalom and perfectly timed wire out of reach of Cheikh Sarr.
‘LÍO’ DEL CASTELLÓN TWO MINUTES FROM THE BREAK
The footballer from Reus, who he made his debut for the first team last year in Mallorca Led by Xavi, the course started strong. Extreme with plant, old school, with very good maneuverability and which can go indoors and outdoors with ease. The people of Castellón took off their legañas, spurred on by their people, and began to generate danger. Pablo Hernández, who returned home aged 37 after a long career in the League and Premier League, fired dry at the hands of Tenas.
The Barça subsidiary was falling behind and on the verge of a break, disaster. At minute 43, a Valle defeat fell to Pablo himself, who gave way to former Barca B player Dani Romera to equalise. Two minutes later, Calavera hooked a dry shot with his left foot and made it 1-2 just before the whistle that signaled the break.
THE MAGIC OF ILIAS
After the restart, Estanis had a very good opportunity in his boots. Márquez brought in Carbonell for Álvaro Sanz and the team gained consistency in midfield. After some dangerous close-ups of the ‘orellut’ painting Elias Akhomachwho had hardly intervened until then, took a precious left foot to equalize the match with 25 ‘to go.
From that moment, the magic of the Moroccan winger appeared to lift Johan Cruyff from their seats. The azulgrana team reached the home stretch physically better and were the ones who tried the hardest. Especially from the hand of an adult Ilias. A home stretch in which Castellón retreated and ended up paying at the same time. A beautifully directed corner from Chadi Riad, this formidable-looking left-handed central defender, made Johan Cruyff explode with jubilation. Shortly after, the final whistle. Best possible start for Marquez.