FC Barcelona lock up first in group with 33–27 win over KIF Kolding

FC Barcelona lock up first in group with 33–27 win over KIF Kolding

Barça beat Danish club Kolding by six, taking first place in their Champions League group Xavi Pascual's players were applauded by the Palau en route to beating one of top teams in Europe


FC Barcelona: Pérez de Vargas, V. Tomás (5), Entrerríos (3), Sorhaindo (2), Karabatic (5), Lazarov (5), Sigurdsson (3) –starting seven–, Rutenka (6), Noddesbo, Sarmiento (3), Saric, Ariño, Gurbindo, Saubich, Viran Morros (1), Jallouz.

KIF Kolding: Hvidt, Irming, Andersson (1), Karlsson (2), Spellerberg (11), Laen, Landin (3) –starting seven–, Boesen (3), Jorgensen, Dolk (2), Thielgaard, Viudes (3), Cleverly, Jensen (2).

Referees: Sorin-Laurentiu Din and Constantin Din.

Attendance: 5,031

It was a raucous eveningat the PalauBlaugranaas FC Barcelona beat KIFKolding in perhapsthemost important gameof the seasonso far.XaviPascual's men came up big in winning by sixgoals over the side from Copenhagen, ensuring themthe top spot in Group Bof the ChampionsLeague. By winning the group, they are assureda home return leg match in the last 16 and possibly the quarter-finals.

Barça scored first and ran out to a 19–11 lead at half-time. Kolding fought hard to make a comeback, but every time they scored, Barça would answer right back. The Danes did manage to get to within 29–23 with nine minutes left, but Karabatic and Sorhaindo were clutch down the stretch to help Barça hold off a charging Kolding.

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