Hockey Sarzana 0 Barça 10: Big win to kick off European campaign
Impressive win in Italy with goals for Pablo Álvarez (4), João (2), Bargalló, Matias Pascual, Helder Nunes and Marc González
The European League returned for the blaugranes in impressive fashion with a 10-0 win for Edu Castro's team thanks to goals from Pablo Álvarez (4), João (2), Bargalló, Matias Pascual, Helder Nunes and Marc González in a game in which young goalkeeper Xano Edo made his debut. Barça got their European campaign off to the best possible start against a Hockey Sarzana team making their debut in the competition.
It took just 51 seconds for the visitors to take the lead with João Rodrigues giving them the lead. Further strikes from Bargalló and Pablo Álvarez gave Barça a 3-0 lead at the break.
The avalanche of goals came in the second half with Pablo Álvarez adding three more to his personal tally. Young Portuguese keeper Xano Edo made his debut for the first team as Edu Castro's team took a debut win in a competition they have won no less than 22 times. Their next game now comes in the league against Reus Deportiu on Tuesday.
Hockey Sarzana, 0 Barça, 10
Hockey Sarzana: Corona, Borsi, Rossi, Perroni i Ipiñazar -starting five-. Rispogliati, Moyano, Ungari, Garcia Bielsa and Bianchi. Barça: Egurrola, Pau Bargalló, Sergi Panadero, Ignacio Alabart i João Rodrigues -starting five-. Matias Pascual, Helder Nunes, Pablo Álvarez, Marc González and Xano Edo. Goals: 0-1, João Rodrigues (min 1); 0-2, Bargalló (min 7); 0-3, Pablo Álvarez (min 13); 0-4, Pablo Álvarez (min 26); 0-5, Pablo Álvarez (min. 29); 0-6, Matias Pascual (min 38); 0-7, Helder Nunes (min 38), 0-8, João Rodrigues (min 40); 0-9, Pablo Álvarez (min 46); 0-10, Marc González (min 48).