Barça huddle during a timeout at the SAP Arena on Sunday. / @FCBHandbol

RHEIN-NECKAR LOWEN, 22
FC BARCELONA LASSA, 21

Rhein-Neckar Lowen: Appelgren (-), Gensheimer (6), Reinkind (1), Schmid (5), Groetzki (4), Baena (1), Ekdahl (3) — starting seven — Kneer (-), Sigurmannsson (-), Stanic (-),Steinhauser (-), Larsen (-), Pekeler (-), Guardiola (1), Petersson (1)

FC Barcelona Lassa: Saric (-), Sorhaindo (2), Entrerríos (2), Kopljar (-), Tomás (3), Viran (-) i  Sigurdsson (4) — starting seven — Perez de Vargas (-), Noddesbo (-), Sarmiento (1), Ariño (-), Gurbindo (1), Syprzak (-), Jicha (2), Jallouz (-), Lazarov (6)

Referess: Nikolov and Nachevski

Scoring by 5-minute intervals: 2-1 / 3-3 / 5-3 / 6-6 / 8-8 / 10-9 (HALF) 11-9 / 13-12 / 16-14 / 17-18 / 19-18 / 22-21

Rhein-Neckar Löwen and FC Barcelona Lassa made one thing clear in the first game of the 2015/16 VELUX EHF Champions League — they are clearly the two best teams on the continent and look primed to appear in the Final Four in Cologne.

With a brilliant show of intensity and quality, both on attack and on defence, neither team enjoyed ample breathing room in Sunday's game, with both team's responding in-kind to each other's goals. But the homecourt advantage was just enough to tip the balance, as Schmid scored adecisive goal for the home side that put them up by two goals late in the game, keeping Barça winless at the SAP Arena.