FC Barcelona Lassa – IFK Kristianstad: Character gives win (31-29)
Four goals in the final minutes give Xavi Pascual's side their first win of the season in the Champions League
FC Barcelona Lassa have their first European victory in the bag. It was not easy for Xavi Pascual’s men and they had to wait until the final few minutes to overcome an obstinate opponent, Swedish team Kristianstad. Four unanswered goals towards the end of the contest turned the game Barça’s way and allowed them to record a 31-29 victory at full time.
The early stages were tight and the teams were well matched until Barça took a 6-3 lead. Viran Morros’ goal gave them a 15-11 advantage before a strike from the visitors made the score 15-12 at the end of the first half.
The Swedes began the second half in a hurry and Hallen’s two goals came in spell when the visitors outscored Barça 5 to 1 to take a 17-16 lead. The two sides continued to trade blows and coming into the final few minutes, Kristianstad still led 29-27.
Barça did not give up and they were able to turn things around with four unanswered goals. Dolenec with 50 seconds remaining made it 31-29 and Xavi Pascual’s side had their first win in the Champions League of the season.