Barça Intersport managed a last gasp win against Dynamo Minsk at the Palau this evening after the visitors had led from the seventh minute of the game
Sarmiento’s goals and Daniel Saric’s heroics in goal served to give Barça a dramatic last minute win
FCB Intersport, 25
Dinamo de Minsk, 24
FCB Intersport (12+13): Saric, Víctor Tomás (3), Gurbindo (1), Noddesbo (2), Raúl Entrerríos (1), Rutenka (3, 2p.), Juanín (2) -7 starting-, Sarmiento (4), Rocas (-), Montoro (1), Jernemyr (-), Sorhaindo (3), Stranovsky (2), Mikel Aguirrezabalaga (2) and Morros (1).
Dinamo de Minsk (13+11): Bogdanov, D. Rutenka (1), Ostroushko (5), Nikulenkau (4), Shevelev (-), Atman (3), Skopintsev (1) -s7 starting-, Shevalevich (3), Onufryenko (3), Hapal (-), Babichev (2), Doroshchuk (-), Chepulis (-) Stetsyura (2) and Mijatovic (p.s.).
Referees: Ivan Pavicevic and Milos Raznatovic.
Partials: 3-2, 5-4, 7-8, 8-9, 9-13, 12-13 (half-time), 12-16, 14-18, 14-19, 18-21, 22-22 i 25-24 (final).
Barça Intersport have yet to lose a game in Europe this season, but they came mighty close this evening against Dynamo Minsk and the team needed all the patience their coach Xavi Pascual has been demanding of them to hold on and turn the game round in the final minutes for another valuable win.
Visitors take the lead
The hosts found it hard to hold a firm defensive line against a Dynamo side who made their attacking intentions clear from the off. On seven minutes the visitors took the lead and although Saric’s feats between the sticks kept the difference down to a single goal at the break, Barça were losing too many balls and found their opponents’ keeper Bogdanov on top for as they struggled to break down Dynamo’s defence.
Xavi Pascual made it clear to the players at the break that they would need to show patience to get on top, but Dynamo were not about to lie down and die and they showed the same attacking ambition in the second half as they had in the first, racing to a six goal lead(14-20). Barça didn’t let their heads drop though and two quick goals from Sarmiento and Víctor Tomás caused the visitors’ coach to call a time out to try and stem Barça’s comeback. The Palau got behind their team now and with six minutes left to play Barça drew level on 22-22, with Sarmiento’s four goals in the closing stages crucial. There was still work to be done though and it needed a great stop from Saric at 24-24 in the final seconds to set up Juanin to score the winning goal. Even then, Minsk nearly pulled it back, with a one final attack that Barça managed to keep out.