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Barcelona B game against Cornellà, at Estadi Johan Cruyff - Joan Colominas

Barcelona B played their first game with fans at the Johan Cruyff Stadium more than a year later. The game was played against Cornellà and finished without goals after 90 minutes (0-0). It is important to say that none of them were fighting for any particular objective as the locals had already qualified for the next league round to look for promotion to LaLiga Smartbank (Spanish 2nd division) and the visitors did not have any chance to advance. 

As the new restrictions to fight against the pandemic were published by the Catalan government last week, it was announced that a maximum of 1,000 people would be able to attend non-professional competition games, such as Barça B’s. 

The game was played in the Johan Cruyff Stadium, which was inaugurated at the start of the previous season. With a capacity for 6,000 people, the new stadium is home to not only Barça B but also Barça Femení (Women team) and some of the U19 team games.

First game with attendance in over a year, in Estadi Johan Cruyff – Joan Colominas

Throughout the week, the Catalan club announced that one thousand lucky Socis (members) of the club would be able to finally watch a game live in a stadium. Once the tickets came out for free, they were quickly sold out within hours. 

The game was mostly dominated by Barça B, as they created numerous chances to score. They scored a goal that was ruled out because of an offside. Both goalkeepers of the game were the best players of their respective teams.

It was the first chance to watch live football during the pandemic and also for enjoying and discovering some of La Masia’s biggest prospects, like Álex Collado, Konrad De La Fuente, Nico González, and more, whose future is more than bright. 

Barcelona B players warm up for the first game with fans in attendance – Joan Colominas

Álex Collado, the captain, was one of the best players of the game as he was moving around all the field just like the other number 10 in Barça does. It would be completely unacceptable to compare him to Messi, but the way he continuously moves around during the 90 minutes might remind some people of the Argentinian.

Another young prospect that balled out in the afternoon was Nico González. The nineteen-year-old midfielder felt comfortable and completed a great game playing alongside Oriol Busquets. It is clear that the youngster has a phenomenal sense of the game and does everything with a lot of criteria. He will surely be a player to consider in the future of the first team’s midfield. 

Goalkeeper Iñaki Peña also had a really good game although he did not have to participate much. When Cornellà had the clearest chances, he responded with great saves. In fact, in the 93rd minute, the visitors had the biggest chance of the game and Peña had a massive save to avoid what would have been a late loss for his team. 

Game finished without goals after 90 minutes – Joan Colominas

By and large, the football game was the least important event that happened in the afternoon, as the return of 987 fans to a football stadium during a pandemic was the biggest and best news of all. 

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