Ariño in action at the Palau / ARCHIVE - FCB

The game between the two sides who met in the semi-finals of the competition last season, Kielce and Barça Lassa, was not one for the faint hearted with blaugrana Jesper Noddesbo scoring a last second equaliser with a trademark playbook move to hand Xavi Pascual’s team a valuable draw.

In the initial stages of the game, Barça had the momentum thanks to an inspired Gurbindo, who scored three times in the opening minutes. The blaugranes lead fluctuated from three to four goals until the 10th minute of the game when Kielce began to find their rhythm to bring it back to 11-11.

Barça then took the opportunity to up the tempo, scoring 6 unanswered goals against the Polish side to give themselves a 17-14 lead at half time.

Two goals from Víctor Tomás returned Barça’s lead to four goals at 19-15. Nevertheless, Kielce, urged on by a full house in Poland, stepped up the intensity in defence and their effectiveness in front of goal to bring it back to 21-21. Barça had the performance of keeper Saric to thank for the Poles not surging ahead as he made several important stops. The game continued to be tight and it became apparent that it would be decided in the final stretch.

Kielce appeared to have the upper hand when they went two goals up with less than a minute to play. However, Barça Lassa drew on all their experience and know how and Jicha and Noddesbo combined for the latter to make it 30-30 right at the death.

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