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Kiril Lazarov scored a game-high 9 goals against Kristianstad on Thursday night. / VÍCTOR SALGADO - FCB

FC Barcelona Lassa handball is well on its way to the quarter-finals of the VELUX EHF Champions League after beating Kristianstad Arena in Sweden by a score of 31–24 in the penultimate game of the group stage.

Kiril Lazarov led the attack with 9 goals and a splendid Danijel Šarić was outstanding between the pipes, as Barça had the game well in control by halftime despite Wael Jallouz's sprained ankle.

If Kielce win or draw in Montpellier on Saturday, Barca Lassa will have to win or draw against Rhein-Neckar Löwen in their final game — set for Saturday, 5 March at the Palau Blaugrana — to clinch first place in Group B and direct access to the quarter-finals.

MATCH STATISTICS

IFK Kristiandstad, 24
FCB Lassa, 31

Kristiandstad: Larsson (Simic), Bjorsen (1), Lagregren (3), Linskog (3), Jamali (3), Gudmunsson (1), Tollbring (4) -starting seven- Jepson (-), Pettersson (3), Erikssen (3), Dahlin (2), J.Larsson (1), Hanisch (-).

FCB Lassa: Saric, Víctor Tomás (2), Sorhaindo (1), Entrerríos (4), Viran Morros (-), Jallouz (5), Sigurdsson (2) -starting seven- Lazarov (9), Sarmiento (3), Syprzak (1), Ariño (2), Ruesga (1), Gurbindo (1), Aleix Gómez (-).

Scoring by 5-minute intervals: 1-4/2-7/5-12/9-13/10-17/12-19 (HALF)/14-22/15-24/16-25/18-26/20-29/24-31.

Referees: Vaclav Horacek and Jiri Novotny.

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