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Ari Santos, contra el Triman Navarra.

Barça Alusport leaned on their experience to claim their 19th win in the National League of Futsal. It’s a valuable victory that allows the team to remain at the top of the table with 61 points, level with ElPozo Murcia, who will be awarded three point without playing this week because they are scheduled to play against Benicarló, who have withdrawn from the League.

Ari scores the first

Around 3,000 people filled the Pabellón Universitario de Navarra to receive Barça Alusport. Despite the fantastic atmosphere, the men led by Marc Carmona came out onto the court concentrated on the task at hand. Ari scored the first goal on three minutes, after a fantastic one-touch play. Triman Navarra, spurred on by their fans, reacted and thoroughly tested Barça’s defence. The home team had various chances to score, the clearest of which fell to Eseverri, but Paco Sedano proved to be too much for Imanol Arregui’s men.

A vibrant second half

The second half started off with a shot from Rafa Usín but the best player at the start of the second half, Asier Llamas, Triman’s keeper, was up to the task and saved Barça’s attempts to widen the gap between the two sides. The Navarre team, determined to draw level, were doing well to recuperate balls in the middle of court and rapidly go on the attack. It was Juanra, from a free kick, who scored the equaliser on 29 minutes. A couple of minutes later, Fernandao put fear into the Pabellón when his attempt to put Barça ahead narrowly missed.

Lozano, key

It was Sergio Lozano who scored Barça’s second. Triman committed their sixth team foul and Lozano had no mercy from the double-penalty spot (36 minutes). From that point on, Arregui risked it all by playing Carlitos as a keeper-player and Usín was close to scoring. In the last minute of the match, Wilde controlled a long pass, beat Carlitos, and made it 1-3 for Barça. Wilde and Lozano consolidated their positions at the second and third highest scorers of the League with 25 and 24 goals, respectively.

Barça Alusport’s next match is this Tuesday at 21:00 against Inter Movistar - in a do-or-die game. It’s the return leg of the King’s Cup semifinals. Barça won the first game at the Palau by 3-1.

MATCH STATS

Triman Navarra, 1
FCB Alusport, 3

Triman Navarra: Asier, Mimi, Javi Eseverri, Rafa Usín i Ximbinha –starting five– Jonathan Vilches, Jesulito, Roberto, Juanra (1) and Carlitos.

Barça Alusport: Paco Sedano, Ari (1), Lin, Sergio Lozano (1) i Wilde (1) –starting five– Torras, Javi Rodríguez, Igor, Saad and Fernandao.

Goals: 0-1, Ari (min 3); 1-1, Juanra (min 29); 1-2, Sergio Lozano (min 36); and 1-3, Wilde (min 40).

Referees: Gracia Marin and Munez Carpintero.

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