Barça Lassa 28-27 Orlen Wisła Płock: Back from the brink
The Catalans are trailing almost from start to finish against their Polish guests, but a Syprzack goal 30 seconds from the end claims a dramatic comeback win
Barça Lassa trailed almost all game against Orlen Wisla Plock of Poland in Saturday’s IHF Champions League game at the Palau Blaugrana, but snatched 28-27 victory in the final seconds thanks to a dramatic winner from Syprzack.
It wasn’t the most vintage performance from the blaugrana, but sheer guts and self-belief got them through, with Pérez de Vargas, Enterríos and Dolenec all posting outstanding displays.
The Poles are battling for a place in the knockout stages, and the intensity they put into the game reflected their delicate position. Barcelona, meanwhile, are already assured a place in the next round, although not by the direct berth into the quarter finals unless there is a dramatic turn of events.
Neither side had any kind of meaningful lead until shortly after the break, when Wisla pulled four points ahead on 19-23.
Had it not been for five vital saves from Pérez de Vargas, that would probably have been it, but instead some rapid counter-attacks initiated by Vargas and finished off by Enterrios, Ariño and Aleix got things back all square on 24-24.
The Palau was roaring as the drama intensified, and a terrific Enterríos and that dramatic goal from Syprzack with 30 seconds to go meant a game that looked to have slipped away was instead converted into an impressive victory.