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Torras after scoring the 2-1 against Lobelle / PHOTO: ÀLEX CAPARRÓS-FCB

Games like these build a fan base. Barça Alusport beat Lobelle Santiago, a rematch from the Spain Cup, in a frenetic and merciless match. The Palau Blaugrana was full; spectators answered the call of the Barça Futsal manager as they watched their team go to the half level on goals, exploded with excitement in the second half and suffered in the dying minutes as the Gallegos came within inches of equalizing 3-3. Barça Alusport had to fight back from a goal down at the start - it was Wilde and Torras who turned the game around and gave their team a two-goal lead. Igor, however, was the man to bring the Azulgranas level in the first half.

At the end of the match, Barça defended their lead tooth and nail against a Lobelle side that simply wouldn’t give respite. The victory allows Barça to maintain their top-of-the-table duel with ElPozo Murcia, who level on points.

Early goal exchange

Barça Alusport was the dominant team at the start of the match. They pressured well all over the court and they created goalscoring chances after long periods of possession. Lobelle Santiago, on the other hand, took advantage of their first chance on goal to score the opener of the match. The goal came after a good assist from Aicardo from the right wing for Quintela, who did well to beat Sedano.

The Barça response was immediate. Igor scored the equalizer after a magnificent piece of footwork and subsequent shot. In four minutes, both teams had drawn blood. It was a heart-stopping start to the match. However, with the 1-1 on the board, both teams settled into a slightly less frenetic pace. In fact, both teams were struggling to find their rhythm after the goal. The only goalscoring chances came from set pieces, but that proved less than adequate to break the deadlock.

The best chance before the half was Lozano’s. The Barça player unleashed a missile of a shot at the Lobelle goal but Alex, the keeper, did well to divert the danger. At the other end, Javi Rodríguez almost scored an own goal - the ball hit the post.

Consistency is rewarded

In the second half Barça Alusport found the fluidity that they were lacking in the first 20 minutes of the match. Chances started to materialize. Lozano, Wilde, Torras and Saad all had the chance to make it 2-1. However, the last touch let them all down, as well as a superb Alex in goal. The 1-1 seemed to be unjust as time went on - Lobelle were completely pinned back in their area.

With five minutes to go, Carmona sent in Javi Rodríguez as a keeper-player. After two plays with Rodríguez on the court, the 2-1 finally came. Torras, with four minutes left, netted the go-ahead goal. The Palau erupted as their team took the lead. From that moment on Lobelle lost the plot. The visiting side protested more than they should have and they took themselves out of the game. Barça took advantage and after a fantastic passing play, Wilde made it 3-1.
It looked as though the game was over, but Lobelle - who also sent out a keeper-player- scored the 3-2 through Aicardo with a little over a minute to go from the end. In the last play of the match, with less than a second left, Aicardo could have scored the equalizer, but his shot was blocked by his own teammate on the Barça goal line. It was justice, Barça Alusport had won the match.

MATCH STATS

Barça Alusport, 3
Lobelle Santiago, 2

Barça Alusport (1+2): Sedano, Ari Santos, Saad, Igor, Fernandao (starting five), Torras, Javi Rodríguez, Lozano, Wilde, Lin

Lobelle Santiago (1+1): Álex, Hamza, Barroso, Luis, Raúl Campos (starting five), Aicardo, David, Charlie, Chaguinha, Quintela

Goals: 0-1, Quintela (min 3); 1-1, Igor (min 4); 2-1, Torras (min 37); 3-1, Wilde (min 38); 3-2, Aicardo (min 39)

Referee: Martínez Segovia and Sánchez Molina

 

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