The Barça handball team with the only trophy missing from their collection / PHOTO: Stephane Pillaud - IHF

The Barça handball section has added the only trophy that was still missing from the team’s long list of honours.  Coach Xavi Pascual’s players beat HSV Hamburg 25-27 in Doha to lift the Super Globe for the first time in the Club’s history.  In a hard fought finely balanced encounter, Juanín, Karabatic and Saric, the goalkeeper in the second half, produced outstanding performances to help claim the first silverware of the season.

A shaky start

Hamburg enjoyed the better start and soon went ahead on the scoreboard.  Barça shored up the defence and held the Germans at 6-6 thanks to two great saves from Sterbik and two consecutive goals from Entrerríos.  Barça went ahead in the 17th minute and then held on their lead until the break, despite having a Lazarov penalty miss in the final moments.

Steady improvement

Barça started the second half with a two-goal lead and despite a spirited fight back by Hamburg managed to extend their advantage to four goals thanks to a two-goal spell from the powerful Nikola Karabatic (16-20, min.41).  Hamburg pulled back to make it 20-21 but some outstanding saves from Saric prevented the Germans from equalizing.

Super Globe Champions

In the final minutes, Barça strengthened their defence and, with Saric in fine form, Hamburg struggled to find a way through.  But Barça held on to claim their first ever Super Globe trophy.

Match stats

HSV Hamburg, 25
FC Barcelona, 27

HSV Hamburg: Bitter (Cleverly), Schroder (2), Duvnjak (3), Jansen (1), Flohr (1), Cañellas (2), Toft Hansen, Djordjic, Lindberg (7), Nilsson (1), Mahe (4), Hens (1), Dominikovic, Marcovic (3).

FC Barcelona: Sterbik (Saric), Noddesbo (3), Juanín García (2), Víctor Tomás (5), Entrerríos (3), Sorhaindo (1), Sarmiento (1), Ariño, Gurbindo (2), Rutenka (1), Stranovsky, Viran, Karabatic (4), Saubich (1), Lazarov (4).

Series (every five minutes): 2-2 / 6-4 / 8-8 / 9-10 / 12-14 / 13-15 / 15-16 / 16-19 / 20-21 / 22-23 / 23-25 / 25-27.

Officials: Dusan Stojkovic and Nenad Nikolic.