Mohammed Lester steals the show!
In Barcelona B's first fixture with the FOOTBALL ICON participants taking part, the squad thrashed Gavá 6-0 at the Miniestadi,in front of 1,933 supporters, who were more than eager to see the footballers in action.
Before the match, there was a bit of a debate concerning who would captain the side. Xavi Llorens picked defender, Matthew Wells, however his fellow teammates, including Santa Maria and Jesús Christó. It seems a little feud between the players is starting to evolve. Despite various protests from the players, Wells was picked as captain. He proved all his doubters wrong in the 8th minute with a nice finish in the 8th minute, 1-0 to Barcelona.
Just 9 minutes later, French youngster Alou Ayalé, increased the Catalan's score. The attacking midfielder is already rated by many managers and that goal could further prove why maybe he should be offered the pro-contract. Unfortunately for Ayalé, his game came to an abrupt end following his injury in the 34th minute.
Before the injury of the Frenchman, Mohammed Lester, the centre back from San Marino tripled Barcelona's lead with a brilliant header from inside the 18 yard box. The fans certainly showed their appreciation for such a goal as they gave the teenager a standing ovation.
In the second half, Xavi Llorens changed the squad completely, allowing all players to get a run out, even if it meant some players were played in unfamiliar positions. Lester kept his place in the side, alongside with goalkeeper Aalto. It was obvious that Lester was motivated as he was all over the pitch charging down opposition players.
Barcelona suffered yet another injury as Ziechael was stretchered off the pitch following a poor tackle fro one of the opposition midfielders. The American looked in serious pain and will be hoping to be back soon or else he could be eliminated from the competition. Mohammed Lester completed his brace with yet another header, this time it was closer to the goal.
Timmy Ivo Bendis was the next to be stretchered off in the 65th minute. Although his injury didn't seem as serious as Ziechael's but still should be a concern for the Croatian. If he isn't fit in time he too will be eliminated from FOOTBALL ICON.
Lester completed his brilliant hattrick with a bullet of a header. It was so powerful, you would have thought a player had shot the ball. Once again, Lester received a standing ovation from not only the fans, but from both benches. A truly inspirational peformance from the 16 year old!
To round the game off, Cristof Van Haat scored in the 84th minute seeing Barcelona destroy Gavá 6-0.
Man of the match: Mohammed Lester