HC Liceo 2-1 Barça: A bitter start in the OK League
Barça lost in the first leg match after being unbeaten for an incredible 52 games in the league
After a total of 52 unbeaten matches in the OK League, dating back to November 18, 2017, Barça lost their opening game of the 2019/20 campaign to Liceo (2-1). Goals from Franco Platero and Marc Grau handed victory to the Galicians.
Hosts start well
The match didn't start well for the visitors with Franco Platero opening the scoring after a swift counterattack (1-0, min 11). Just two minutes later, Marc Grau doubled the lead with a spoon shot (2-0, min 13). Barça tried to react but were unable to get past a solid defence. In fact, both Roberto Di Benedetto and Maxi Oruste had the chance to increase Liceo's lead before the break.
In the second half Helder Nunes crashed a shot against the post as Barça went close, but it wasn't until the last minute when Ignacio Alabart cut the deficit (2-1, min 50). Barça's next match in on Saturday 28 against Girona at the Palau Blaugrana (7.30pm CEST).
HC Liceo, 2 Barça, 1
HC Liceo: Carles Grau, Bruno Di Benedetto, David Torres, Franco Platero and Roberto Di Benedetto -starters-. Facu Bridge, Maxi Oruste, Marc Grau and Martín Ciocale. Barça: Aitor Egurrola, Pablo Álvarez, Sergi Panadero, Ignacio Alabart and Helder Nunes -starters-. Matías Pascual, Nil Roca and Joao Rodrigues. Goals: 1-0, Franco Platero (min. 11); 2-0, Marc Grau (min. 13) and 2-1, Ignacio Alabart (min. 50). Officials: Miguel Diaz and Antonio Gómez. Fouls: 10-11. Attendance: 3,500