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Barça made an excellent start to the league season with a comprehensive victory at the Palau Blaugrana, besting Helvetia Anaitasuna 42-25 on Friday night. The winners of the Superglobe, Catalan Super Cup and Asobal Super Cup were dominant throughout.
Xavi Pacual's men started the game with a high intensity. Ludovic Fabregas scored the opening goal and was the standout player in the first half, whilst Luka Cindric also impressed on his official debut and Kevin Möller impressed between the sticks. The first half ended 18-10.
A more even second half
The second half got underway with Anaitasuna far more attacking. Thankfully, the Barça defence shone in response, and in attack they remained fluid, before pulling away again past the 17th minute.
Möller was a protagonist in the final 30 minutes, scoring a goal as Barça extended their lead to the definitive 42-25.
Helvetia Anaitasuna, 25
Barça: Raúl Entrerríos (3), T. N’Guessan (4), Aleix Gómez (3), Dika Mem (2), Alex Pascual (4) Kevin Moller (1), Ludovic Fabregas (3) -starting seven- Jure Dolenec (8), Abel Serdio (3), Luka Cindric (1), Aitor Ariño (2), Thiagus Petrus (1), Aron Pálmarsson (1), Victor Tomás (1), Lasse Andersson (5).
Helvetia Anaitasuna: Patrik Bols (-), Alvaro Gastón (2), Antonio Bazán (3), Mladen Krsmancic (1), Guillermo Fischer (3), Ander Ugarte (3), Anderson Mollino (2) -starting seven- Martin Ganuza (1), Xavier Etxeberría, Ibai Meoki (2), Leandro Elías (4), Pere Vaquer (2), Aitor García (0), Carlos Chocarro (1), Ander Izquierdo (1).
Partials: 3-1; 6-3; 10-5; 12-7; 17-9;18-10 // 21-14; 24-16; 29-16; 34-22; 38-24; 42-25
Referees: Enric Escoda Pérez and Roland Sánchez Bordetas.
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