Date:Monday July 28 2008
Swansea City mounted a spectacular comeback after going 3-0 down in the first half the Swans eventually went onto draw with FC Barcelona Atlétic thanks to a brace from Guillem Bauza and a goal from Fabien Brandy three minutes from time.
Free admission to the game has been the reward for the travelling Jack Army. One Swan out firmly to impress will be Andrea Orlandi as he returns to his old stomping ground the Mini Estadi. Orlandi received high praise from Roberto Martinez today with his compatriot declaring him the best left sided midfielder in the Championship. It comes after the Barcelona born midfielder opened his scoring account with the club little over a year after joining the club, scoring the only goal in the hard fought win against Palamós CF yesterday evening.
It would be Swansea who would get the first chance of the evening to open the scoring after Mark Gower's long range efforts sailed harmlessly over the bar. Midfielder Ruben Rayos saw his shot ricochet off the bar as the former Villajoyosa player saw Garry Monk clear the danger. Not soon after, Jordi Gomez and Alan Tate combined well and found Andrea Orlandi who could only watch on as he saw his shot blocked.
Gorka Pintado was next to try his luck but was thwarted as he saw his shot well saved by Mino. It would be Barcelona who would take the lead on 20 minutes when Ruben Rochina fired past Dorus De Vries in the Swansea goal. The U-17 Spanish international piled more misery onto Roberto Martinez's side just minutes later to send Barcelona into a 2-0 lead.
Martinez quick to respond to the pressure piling up on the Swansea defence brought on Thomas Butler and Guillem Bauza for Owain Tudur Jones and Andrea Orlandi who's homecoming certainly was not as he would have planed.
Things went from bad to worse as Rayos would finally breach De Vries's goal just two minutes before the break.
Half Time FC Barcelona Atlétic 3-0 Swansea City
At the start of the second half Martinez made further substitutions as Matty Collins, Fede Bessone, Albert Serran and Dennis Lawrence all slotted into Swansea City's back line. Within moments Guillem Bauza put the visitors on the scoreboard after dispatching a shot between Mino's legs.
Bauza did not waste any time in making in 3-2 after Mark Gower's shot just four yards from the goal line was blocked but the Spaniard was at the right place at the right time to bring Swansea within a goal of parity.
Martinez made further changes on 66 minutes brining on Joe Allen and Darren Pratley for Ferrie Bodde and Jordi Gomez. Bauza could have equalised on 69 minutes but an inspired Mino saved his effort. On 73 minutes Gorka Pintado gave way for Fabien Brandy.
Swansea went a man down after Bauza was given his marching orders after the referee showed him his second yellow card following a challenge on former Leganés defender Jose Solano.
Substitute Brandy made it 3-3 to round of a remarkable turn around after combining well with Tom Butler unleashed a fantastic strike past Mino in the Barcelona goal.
Full Time Score: Barcelona Atlétic 3-3 Swansea City
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Date:Monday July 28 2008
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