Gerard Deulofeu scored a hat-trick as Catalonia raced around a scrappy and disorganized Reggae Boyz side in a 6-0 in their non-FIFA international friendly at the Estadi Municipal de Montilivi in Girona on Wednesday.
Paul Hall assembled a group of newcomers and fringe players who had no more than an hour of practice and about 48 hours together as a team and the execution on the pitch indicated.
As well as seasoned professional Deulofeu, Catalonia also got goals from Marc Bartra, Ferran Jutgla and Javi Puado.
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Catalonia is one of the most economically dynamic communities in Spain, its capital and largest city being Barcelona, whose football academy had developed a number of players who lined up against the Jamaicans on Wednesday.
The hosts took the lead in the fourth minute when Deulofeu took advantage of a poor back pass from Ajeanie Talbott which was aimed at goalkeeper Dillon Barnes.
The former Barcelona striker intercepted the pass and rounded goalkeeper Barnes before slotting into an empty net.
He added a second in the 29th minute after catching a pass down the left side. He relayed inside Riqui Puig, whose clever pass to Carles Alena, breaking from midfield, opened up the Jamaican defence.
Alena’s first touch was heavy and the ball fell to Deulofeu who slammed home from a sharp angle from close range,
Bartra made it 3-0 in the 34e minute when he was given the luxury of time and space to run unchallenged to head home a free-kick from the right side of Cristian Tello just outside the penalty area.
Deulofeu completed his hat-trick and made it four on the half-time mark when he was given the simple task of tapping at the back post after left-back Alex Moreno brought the ball back from the line goals to Puig.
The short playmaker opened up the Jamaican defense with a neat pass to Alena, who had rushed behind the static Jamaican defense, and with Barnes in noman’s land, Alena crossed to Deulofeu to finish the job.
Replacing Jutgla made in five in the 74e minute when he slipped in to respond to fellow substitute Javi Puado’s central pass and the latter converted a penalty one minute from time to complete the rout against Jamaican substitute goalkeeper Corey Addai.