Barça Lassa 34-18 Liberbank Cuenca: Copa del Rey champions!

Barça Lassa 34-18 Liberbank Cuenca: Copa del Rey champions!

A solid defensive display after the break sends the handball powering towards the trophy for the sixth year running

Barça Lassa have added the 2019 Copa del Rey to their ever-expanding collection of handball trophies following a victory over Liberbank Cuenca in Sunday’s final at the Pitiu Rochel in Alicante.

A sublime second half display earned the fifth item of silverware of this incredible season, and the sixth Copa del Rey trophy in a row!

Finals are never quite like other games, and this one was extraordinarily tight in the first half. . Like against Puente Genil in the semis, it wasn’t until just before the interval that Barça Lassa finally put together a meaningful lead at 16-12.

More intensity in defence meant that after the restart it was quickly 24-14, and from then on there was only ever going to be one winner. Barça kept things seriously and built up a bigger and bigger lead against a side who morale crashed in the final stages of the game.

 

MATCH STATS

Barça Lassa: Gonzalo, Ariño, N’Guessan, Aleix Gómez, Dika Mem, Pálmarsson, Fabregas, Tomàs, Entrerríos, Sorhaindo, Sypzrak, Thiagus Petrus, Dolenec, Duarte, Ilic.

Liberbank Cuenca: Maciel, Natan, Mendoza, Baronetto, Moscariello, Sergio López, Montoro, Dutra, Martín, Hugo, Ponciano, Nolasco, Río.

5-minute periods: 2-1, 5-4, 8-6, 10-8, 12-10, 16-12 (HT), 19-13, 24-14, 29-16, 30-16, 32-18, 34-18.

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