Barça 4-2 Saint-Omer: Quarterfinal-bound after a great win
A great first half helps Edu Castro's team beat their French rivals to reach the quarterfinals of the Golden Cup, facing either Benfica or Caldes on Thursday
Barça followed up their win against Sporting CP, this time beating Saint-Omer, classifying for the Golden Cup quarterfinals as Group B winners at Riazor (4-2).
Nil Roca breaks the deadlock
With Barça facing a rival that has never beaten them, featuring captain Marçal Cuenca, trained at youth level by Edu Castro, the game began with the keepers taking centre stage to keep the scoreline 0-0.
After ten minutes, a Nil Roca long shot from a Nacho Alabart pass from behind the goal snuck into the goal to give Barça a 1-0 lead, before Matías Pascual and Pau Bargalló combined to make it 2-0 after 18 minutes. Then with only seven seconds remaining until the break, Pau Bargalló extended the lead after a Helder Nunes set-up (0-3, min. 25).
Saint-Omer come back, but Barça close out the game
Saint-Omer reached ten fouls after the break and Killian Gil took the free-hit but couldn't make it count. Saint-Omer then scored through ex-Barça man Marçal Cuenca, who scored a direct free-hit (3-1, min. 38).
Five minutes later, Barengo took advantage of a weak defensive position to take Saint-Omer to just one goal down and set up a tense finale (3-2, min 43). Pau Bargalló had the final say, however, scoring a great goal, creating breathing space to see out the game.
Thursday will see Barça face either Caldes or Benfica in the quarterfinal, having classified as group B winners.
Barça: Egurrola, Matías Pascual, Bargalló, Joao and Hélder Nunes - starters - Ignacio Alabart, Nil Roca, Kyllian Gil and Sergi Llorca.
Saint-Omer: Pedro Chambell, Mathieu Le Roux, Léo Savreux, Roc Llisa and Guido Pellizzari -starters l- Albert Massoliver, Marçal Cuenca and Fabien Barengo.
Referees: Jonathan Sanchez (Asturias) and Raul Burgos (Girona)