Barça Lassa ended the season with a win, beating Kielce (40-35) to finish in third place in the Final Four of the VELUX EHF Champions League. It's a victory that allowed Barça to leave Cologne with their heads held high.
The match began with a constant exchange of chances and both teams on the front foot. Dika Mem, Palmarsson and Víctor Tomás, with two goals, led the Barça attack. The Polish team kept up the pace, however, and went in just four behind at the break (20-16). Dolenec, with four goals, was the highest scorer in the first period.
Barca didn't take their foot off of the accelerator and continued with a good scoring rhythm. Even so, the Poles never gave up and at one point were only two goals behind (31-29). Xavi Pascual's men dug deep and showed character, with two goals from Víctor Tomás and Ilic putting them four ahead on the scoreboard once more.
A plethora of exclusions (Barça ended with only four players on the court) could've hurt the Blaugrana, but they even managed to score despite playing with three men less. In the dying minutes, a super effort from Barça ensured that Kielce were unable to claw back the deficit.
Barça Lassa, 40
PGE Vice Kielce, 35
Barça Lassa: Pérez de Vargas (-), Víctor Tomás (5), Andersson (2), Dika Mem (8), Ilic (6), Pálmarsson (3) and Fabregas (3) -starters-. Entrerríos (3), Sorhaindo (-), Ariño (-), Aleix Gómez (2), Thiagus Petrus (-), Dolenec (7), Gilberto Duarte (1), Möller (-).
PGE Vice Kielce: Cupara (-), Cindric (3), Jurkiewicz (-), Janc (4), Karalek (6), Mamic (1) and Álex Dujshebaev (5) -starters-, Kulesh (3), Ángel Fernández (1), Jachlewski (1), Lijewski (1) and Moryto (10).
Partials: 4-3 / 9-5 / 10-7 / 13-10 / 16-13 / 20-16 / break / 24-19 / 29-23 / 30-26 / 33-29 / 36-32 / 40-35
Officials: Duarte Santos and Ricardo Fonseca. They excluded Thiagus Petrus (3), Entrerríos (2), Andersson, Víctor Tomás, Aleix Gómez and Fabregas for Barça, as well as Jurkiewicz (2), Ángel Fernández (2), Mamic, Cindric and Karalek for Kielce.