13 January 2012

[Youth] PSG edges Barça's U17 B side out of the Al Kass International Cup

Barça’s U17 B side drew with Paris Saint-Germain (2-2) in the Al Kass Cup. The Catalans will play for fifth spot on Monday. García Pimienta’s men are level on points with PSG, but the French team will go on to the next round on goal differential. Sandro Ramírez was named man of the match.

The U17 B side played its second game of the Al Kass International Cup in Doha, Qatar this Thursday afternoon. The match against Paris Saint-Germain ended in a two-all draw. In the sixth minute, Coman game the French team the lead after a fantastic individual play. Barça composed itself and managed to put two past their rivals. Sandro Ramírez scored the equalizer after Edwelle's good play down the left and a good assist from El Haddadi. In the 35th minute, Colina scored the go-ahead goal, with Ebwelle and El Haddadi once again proving pivotal in the play.

García Pimienta’s men perfectly controlled the first half with 55% of the possession. But Dembele Mousa’s second half goal gave PSG passage to the next round thanks to goal differential. In the first game, Barça beat Al-Ahly 3-0 while PSG put 9 past the Egyptians. The three teams were all in Group B, and PSG will go through to the next round.

This is the tournament’s first year, it’s organized by the television station Al Kass along with the Aspire Foundation and the Sports Association of Qatar. The competition brings together the promising young U17 talent with the goal of increasing interest in football in Qatar ahead of the 2022 World Cup. (via FCBarcelona.cat)