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Barça's handball team took their record to two wins from two games in European action. Xavi Pascual's side triumphed 42-28 against Celje Pivovarna Lasko at the Palau Blaugrana, in the first Champions League encounter held there. The win was the team's first in continental competition in 208 days, and a 35th consecutive home victory as part of an historic Champions League streak.
A good start for Barça
Barça began well, and quickly went 7-2 up to force a first time out. Through speedy counterattacks, Barça had scored 9 times before the 10 minute mark.
At halftime, the advantage was some 7 goals (21-14).
Upon the restart Barça took little time in establishing a 10-goal lead, through more of the effective counterattacks. Ariño, Fàbregas and Aleix Gómez all finished off chances, and betwwen the latter and Blaz Janc, the Blaugrana found the net 13 times.
With the victory assured, Xavi Pascual gave minutes to all of the squad members. Their next encounter takes place on Saturday in Guadalajara at 7:30pm local time.
FC Barcelona, 42
Celje Pivovarna Lasko, 28
FC Barcelona: Möller, Ariño (3), Janc (7), Mem (5), Cindric (3), Palmarsson (2), Fabregas (4) -starting 7-, Aleix Gómez (6), Mortensen (5), Dolenec (2), Entrerríos, Pérez de Vargas, Makuc (1), Langaro (3), Frade (1)
Celje Pivovarna Lasko: Ivic, Sarac (5), Poteko, Kodrin (1), Mlakar (1), Leban (4), Novak (7) –starting 7-, Cvetko (3), Mazej (1), Dragasevic, Marguc (2), Vujovic, Horzen, Grebenc, Kljun (2), Nacinovic (2)
Partial scores: 5-2, 9-3, 12-7, 13-11, 17-13, 21-14 (mitja part), 25-18, 29-18, 32-21, 35-24, 39-26, 42-28 (final)
Referees: Kursad Erdogan and Ibrahim Özdeniz
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