Kiril Lazarov scored 12 goals against Montpellier on Saturday night. / VICTOR SALGADO - FCB

FCB Lassa, 37
Montpellier HB, 27

FC Barcelona Lassa: Pérez de Vargas, Raul Entrerrios (1), Sorhaindo (2), Gurbindo, Sigurdsson (4), Jicha (3), Lazarov (12) –starting seven–, Jesper Noddesbo, Kopljar (4), Victor Tomás (5), Sarmiento, Aitor Ariño (1), Syprzak (4), Viran Morros, Jallouz (1).

Montpeller HB: Gerard, Simonet (2), Toumi (1), Dolenec (2), Esteki (5), Guigou (1), Siffert –starting seven– Costa, Borges (1), Gaber (1), Bonnefond (3), Fabregas, Gajic (8), Mackovsek (3).

Scoring by 5-minute intervals: 4-4 / 7-6 / 10-7 / 13-10 / 15-12 / 19-12 / HALF / 22-16 / 26-19 / 28-20 / 33-25 / 37-27

FC Barcelona Lassa were well aware of the importance of winning at the Palau Blaugrana on match day four of the VELUX EHF Champions League. And Kiril Lazarov knew better than anyone, helping the team get the job done as soon as possible as Xavi Pascual's brushed aside Montpellier HB after the visitors did their best to hang around for the better part of the first half.

Lazarov led the way by bagging a dozen goals, while FCB goalkeeper Gonzalo Pérez de Vargas stood on his head, especially from seven metres. Victor Tomás was also key in a first-half effort that saw Barça take a 19–12 lead into the intermission.

The French came out with authority in the second half and starting warming up, but Vargas was cool as ice in net and gave the home fans reason to give him a standing ovation as Barça began to stretch their lead. Jicha and Ariño made big plays down the stretch to finally break Montpellier’s backs and add a dash of momentum to the Catalans' winning ways as they head back into league play on Wednesday, when they face Ciudad Encantada at 8.30pm CET with a chance to set a new record with their 68th consecutive Liga ASOBAL victory.


[HIGHLIGHTS] Handbol (Champions League): FCB... by fcbarcelona