06/12/2013

Barcelona were the obvious favourites going into this match against Segunda B side, Cartagena, but the mighty team from the city that is more known for it’s naval port than it’s football, had a few tricks up it’s sleeve.
Barcelona started off with what one may call a weaker side, which only featured 8 international World Cup-bound players, but you wouldn’t know it by the looks of their perfomance in the first 15 minutes of the match.
Cartagena came out looking to make their mark, if only as a momento, powered by the home crowd, they pressured Barcelona.  Their efforts paid off when Fernando sneaked a goal past Jose Manuel Pinto in the 15th minute to put David ahead of Goliath.
Cartagena continued to take it to Barcelona, but the Catalan’s talent eventually showed through as Pedro hit an equaliser in the 35th minute, thanks to a brilliant Cesc Fabregas pass.
However, it was now Cesc’s time in the spotlight as moments later he got on the score sheet off a play by Adriano.
Barcelona went to into the break, happy with the final 10 minutes but cannot be satisfied with their first half hour, while Cartagena were happy to still be in it.
Following the break, Barcelona had numerous chances to score, but failed to convert, time after time, a point that should be worrisome to manager, Tata Martino.
Luckily, Pedro was there to save face, scoring his second goal of the evening and effectively killing the match in the 72nd minute.
Barcelona’s youngster, Dongou scored the final goal of the evening, which will likely send them through to the next round.
Cartagena can be happy with their incredible performance, while Barcelona have issues they need to work on.
Cartagena 1-3 Barcelona
Referee: Del Cerro Grande
Cartagena XI: Limones, Dani Ruiz, Mariano (c), Astrain, Zurdo(67′), David, Fede, Marcos, Antoñito, De Lerma(54′), Riau, Fernando (81′)
Subs: Menudo (54′), Dani Ruiz (67′), Megias (81′)
Goals: Fernando (15′)
Yellow Cards: Astrain (24′), Riau (41′)
Barcelona XI: Pinto; Bartra, Puyol (c), Adriano, Jordi Alba (81′); Song, Sergi Roberto, Busquets; Cesc, Pedro, Alexis (74′).
Subs: Dongou (74′), Montoya (81′)
Goals: Pedro (35′, 72′), Fabregas (42′), Dongou (86′)
Yellow Cards: N/A

Source: TomConn