Barcelona young guns see off BATE Borisov

Barcelona FC fielded a young team last night for their clash against Russian side BATE Borisov – and the results were good to say the least. Pep was resting his star studded side for Saturday’s clash against an in-form Real Madrid and didn’t want to take any chances. The match ended in a 4-0 win for Barca’s young guns.

No Messi, Xavi, Iniesta or several other big names from Barça’s first team were on the field, but tonight’s display from FC Barcelona was as brilliant as ever. The Catalans were simply too good for BATE Borisov in the final game of the Champions League group stages. It is a victory that is yet another wonderful tribute to the amazing work being done by the staff and players at la Masía, in which the Camp Nou was able to celebrate goals from Sergi Roberto, Montoya and Pedro (2). No fewer than nine members of Barça B played their part in a win by a side with an average age of just 22.7. They may only be youngsters, but there was nothing immature about the way they performed. As was made patent on Tuesday night, the future, or even the present, is bright at Barcelona.

Sergi Roberto opens scoring

FC Barcelona Manager, Pep Guardiola, may have picked a side that featured mainly players that play their trade with Barça B in the Miniestadi, but right from the kickoff they looked quite comfortable on the bigger stage. They maintained almost all of the possession, and had BATE Borisov pegged back in their own half for almost the entire first half, with Rafinha almost opening the scoring with practically the first move of the night.

It was a constant onslaught on the Belarusian goal. The Alcántara brothers, Pedro, Sergi Roberto and a stupendous Isaac Cuenca showed a clear understanding as they produced chance after chance. And it was Sergi Roberto who finally broke the deadlock in the 35th minute to finish off a delightful combination move. These might not have been the players the Camp Nou faithful are used to seeing, but the football was exactly the same.

Cuenca on song

The second half produced more of the same. The visitors barely got a look-in as FC Barcelona played the ball around fast and smoothly, with excellent chances for Pedro and Sergi Roberto to extend the lead, while Fontàs had a goal disallowed for offside. But the second goal looked inevitable and finally came through Isaac Cuenca, who with a flash of brilliance following an assist from Montoya, made no mistake on his European debut.

Pedro bags brace

The early moments of the second half were the best of all from Barça, with the crowd shrieking with delight at such fast and entertaining football. It was no surprise when the third goal appeared, this time following a splendid move involving Pedro, Montoya and Cuenca, the latter providing the final assist, which was backheeled home by the Canary Islander.

Riverola makes debut

With the result decided, Guardiola gave three further members of the Barça B squad the chance to make their Champions League debuts. Muniesa, Deulofeu and Riverola (the latter playing with Barça’s first team for the first time ever) came on for Dos Santos, Rafinha and Sergi Roberto. And there was still time for another goal. Cuenca, shortly after hitting the post, was brought down in the penalty area and Pedro rounded off a magical night for the Barça youth system by converting the ensuing spot kick. It was the perfect end to an almost immaculate group campaign. Original article on CNA.

So, with three players getting their first ever game for the Barcelona first team Pep has shown that he counts on his young guns. Last night they did it in style by beating Russian outfit BATE Borisov 4-0.

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  1. las artes says:

    With the result decided, Guardiola gave three further members of the Barça B squad the chance to make their Champions League debuts. Muniesa, Deulofeu and Riverola (the latter playing first team football for the first time ever) came on for Dos Santos, Rafinha and Sergi Roberto. And there was still time for another goal. Cuenca, shortly after hitting the post, was brought down in the penalty area and Pedro rounded off a magical night for the Barça youth system by converting the ensuing spot kick. It was the perfect end to an almost immaculate group campaign.

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