Barça Lassa 7-6 Oliveirense: Victory in Euro goalfest
The night that Egurrola is honoured for his 20 years with the team, the Palau Blaugrana is treated to an absolute classic European League encounter
Barça Lassa have defeated Oliveirense 7-6 in an absolute corker of a European League fixture, especially the first half, which saw the teams score ten goals between them.
Preceded by an emotional tribute to Aitor Egurrola on occasion of his twenty years in the first team and with Pablo Álvarez side-lined at the last minute with gastroenteritis, the win puts Barça top of Group A in the competition. João Rodrigues (3), Pau Bargalló (2), Matias Pascual and Nil Roca scored the goals.
Barça went behind twice in the first quarter of an hour, but found an answer each time, and their Portuguese visitors also replied when Barça finally went ahead.
So that was 3-3, and the 2,946 souls in the Palau Blaugrana were loving the entertainment. Barça then advanced to 5-3, with Aitor Egurrola saving a penalty, but Oliveirense had fought back to 5-5 by the end of a pulsating first half of hockey.
The second half threatened to be as manic as the first, with a quick exchange of goals making it 6-6, but that was the end of the goal flurry.
The only other score of the game was a João Rodrigues penalty, and further heroics from the man of the evening, Egurrola, meant Barça Lassa held on to claim the three points.