Story of the day: Barca U18 win league title on last day with 14 players missing due to Covid-19, learn news via Internet

Story of the day: Barca U18 win league title on last day with 14 players missing due to Covid-19, learn news via Internet
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Thursday has been a truly spectacular day for Barcelona's Juvenil A team (U18). The young Catalans were set to play Cerdanyola in the last match of the season. They needed a win and for rivals Espanyol — who were 1st in the league table — to draw or lose vs Gimnastic de Tarragona.

At first, it didn't look like luck was on Barca's side, as 14 players from the U18 team had been sidelined due to COVID-19.

The team had only 8 players available and needed to summon players from Juvenil B, their reserve squad, to be able to play the match. Moreover, Peque and Alejandro Balde — who played for Barca B during the season but are assigned to Juvenil A — had to be called back from their vacation to play the game.

In the end, Juvenil A ended up winning the match 3-1 thanks to goals from Josep Cerda, Luzzi and Frank.

Their rivals were playing their match simultaneously, and as Barca finished their game, nine more minutes were added to the Espanyol clash, with the score being 1-1. Glued to the phone, the Blaugrana players and coaching staff were watching the match in hope that Espanyol don't score another goal as it would make them champions.

Nine minutes (that must've felt like an eternity for the players) eventually expired, and Blaugrana were crowned champions. You can enjoy their reaction to the news here.

The match was also an important one for their coach Sergi Mila, as he's set to leave the club this summer.

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Miralem Pjanic

What if? The defensive midfield is still one of our most problematic positions as we have no available players to cover for Sergio Busquets, except for Pjanic.

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Source: FCBMasia @ Twitter