An incident from the game

Barça lost to Flensburg on penalties/ PHOTO: GERMÁN PARGA - FCB

Even first half

Karabatic and Noddesbo led Barça’s scoring in the first half, but Barça were never able to open more than a two goal advantage against the Germans, for whom Glandorf and Eggert  were a threat down both wings and a late brace from Eggert and Weinhold sent Flensburg in 17-18 up at the break.

Barça fightback

With Karabatic sent to the sin bin and Barça a man down, Flensburg stretched their lead to three goals early in the second half and some good saves Andersson and strikes from Mogenson and Glandorf were putting Barça under the cosh before to add more misery , Noddesbro had to go off injured.

Just when things were looking toughest though, Saric inspired a brilliant come back with some brilliant stops and Barça scored eight quick goals to just one for the Germans to take a four goal lead (26-22) after 11 minutes.

Collapse

Barça looked to be cruising to victory when Tomic extended the lead to five (29-24) on 17 minutes, but they suffered a complete collapse in the final ten minutes which allowed Flensburg back into the game and a last gasp equaliser from Glandorf took the semi-final into extra time.

Cruel way to lose

Two early goals from Entrerríos weren’t enough to break the deadlock in extra time and the game went down to penalties, where Andersson made a great stop from Karabatic and the Germans scored all of theirs to go through to Sunday’s final 4-5 and deny Xavi Pascual’s side the chance to go for the section’s ninth European Cup. Instead they will play Vezprem in the third-fourth place play off.

STATS

FCB, 39

SG Flensburg-Handewitt, 40

FC Barcelona (17+15+4+4): Saric, Noddesbo (5), Víctor Tomàs (6), Gurbindo (0), Juanín García (5), Morros (1) and Karabatic (5) –starting sevenl–, Sterbik, Stranovsky (0), Ariño(0), Sarmiento (0),  Entrerríos (5), Sorhaindo (2), Rutenka (4), Saubich (0) and Lazarov (6).

SG Flensburg-Handewitt (18+14+4+5): Andersson, Mogensen (6), Lasse Svan (2),Gottfridsson (2), Glandorf (8), Eggert (6)–starting sevenl–, Rasmussen, Karlsson (0), Nenadic (2), Weinhold (8), Wanne (4), Heinl (0), Gustafsson (0), Bogunovic (0), Radivojevic (2) and Knudsen (1).

Partial scores: 3-2 / 4-4 / 8-8 / 11-12 / 14-14 / 17-18 (half time) /20-22 / 25-22 / 27-24 / 31-25 / 32-28 / 32-32 / 35-33 / 36-36 /39-41 (end).