FC Barcelona v Viareggio: Goals and qualification (5-0)

FC Barcelona v Viareggio: Goals and qualification (5-0)

Barça overcome the Italians and seal their place in the European League quarterfinals A great performance by Sergi Fernández and goals from Panadero, Matías Pascual, Pablo Álvarez, Torra (pen) and Raúl Marín clinch the three points

The FC Barcelona roller hockey team beat Italian side Viareggio 5-0 on Saturday evening to book their place in the quarterfinals of the European League.  Goalkeeper Sergi Fernández produced a fine performance while goals from Panadero and Pascual (first half) and Pablo Álvarez, Torra and Raúl Marín (second half) gave Barça a comfortable win in the Palau Blaugrana.

From 0-1 to 1-0

Panadero broke the early stalemate with an individual effort to wrong-foot Motaran before firing past Barozzi.  In the move leading up to the goal, Sergi Fernández – back in goal after a two-match break – had prevented a sure goal from the visitors.  From a possible 0-1 to 1-0.  A great start for Barça.

Raúl Marín and Marc Torra had chances to add a second but were frustrated by an alert Barozzi.  But even he was left helpless by a Matías Pascual thunderbolt that took the entire Italian team by surprise.  Just before the break, the experienced Alessandro Bertolucci hit the post.  At halftime, Barça led 2-0.

Three crossbars and three goals

There were plenty of thrills at the beginning of the second half as Barça (once - Pablo Álvarez) and Viareggio (twice) hit the frame of the goal.

Pablo Álvarez soon made up for his earlier miss to score Barça’s third of the evening and just a minute later Marc Torra made it 4-0.  Raúl Marín added a fifth to seal a very comfortable win.

During the second half, Sergi Fernández had to go off for a few minutes for treatment to his head.  Fortunately, the player was able to carry on without problems.

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