European League Title comes home (1-3)

European League Title comes home (1-3)

FC Barcelona won their 20th European League Title, beating Porto at an enthusiastic Palau Blaugrana Goals from Torra (2) and Xavi Barroso helped Barça to overcome Porto,who had equalised with a Nunes goal, but were well beaten in the end.

[[DES_1]]FC Barcelona and the European League are synonimous, and if you add the Palau Blaugrana, even more so. This Sunday, Barça won their 20th Roller Hockey European League title. The trophy is coming back to the Barça Museum after three years.

Just like in 1997, against Porto, and 2008, against Reus, Barça fans saw the trophy remain at home. Two goals from Torra and another from Barroso caused euphoria in a pavillion that witnessed a great match between two historic outfits. Three goals that gave Barça the European League Trophy.

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Intensity from the off and a Torra goal

Ricard Muñoz's team started the match with a lot of intensity. Matías Pascual and Pablo Álvarez went close early on, whilst Porto were trying to get into the game. The rhythm of the match intensified and Egurrola was involved in most of the Portuguese plays.  

Barça were very offensive minded, but the first goal came from a long shot by Torra, that was defelected past keeper Edo Bosch by a defender.

Hélder Nunes equalises

Barça went looking for the second goal, but a shot from Sergi Panadero smacked against the post.

At half-time Barça had accumulated nine fouls, and 3 minutes into the second half, this became ten. The young Hélder Nunes took the responsability, and with a double hook put the ball past Egurrola. 1-1.

Euphoria at the Palau

Although the scores were tied Barça went looking for another goal. A Pablo Alvárez free almost made it, but the second goal came from Xavi Barroso, with a powerful long shot that flew past the Porto keeper, Edo Bosch.

Barça, with 14 fouls, were in danger of seeing the scores tied up again, but Marc Torra carried the ball from his own half, and slipped the ball past Edo Bosch for the definitive goal. It was the calming goal, and caused euphoria in the Palau, and allowed the magnificent Egurrola to lift his first European League trophy as captain, and his 9th as the goalkeeper of a Barça side that has returned as Kings of Europe.

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