FC Barcelona Lassa handball had to dig deep and fight right until the end to earn a win away from home against Naturhouse La Rioja in the Liga Asobal

Xavi Pascual’s side went into the game aware of the complications in store, as their last defeat came on this very court on 18 May 2013.

Barça did not begin with the same intensity as Naturhouse and fell behind in the opening ten minutes (6-4). But the visitors responded well, as they quickly clicked into game up front while Pérez de Vargas made some fine saves in goal. By the interval, Barça were leading by two (11-13).

The second half followed a similar pattern, as Pascual’s men kept up that intensity from the back to resist a Naturhouse comeback. The keeper’s saves and the accuracy of Lasse Andersson up top with seven goals in the second half helped Barça to a 22-24 win on a tricky court. The team remains undefeated for the last three and a quarter years in domestic competition.

Match details

Naturhose La Rioja 22,

FC Barcelona 24,

Naturhose La Rioja: Kapplin, Víctor Vigo (4), Molina (1), Javier García (3), Javier Muñoz (2), Ángel Fernández (2), Garciandia (1) –starting seven– Miguel Sánchez(0), Migallón (2), Peciña(0), Montoro(0), Cacheda(0), Aguinagalde(0), Giménez(0), Garabaya(0), Vinicius (6), Hissham (1).

FC Barcelona: Pérez de Vargas(0), Sorhaindo (3), Víctor Tomás (1), Andersson (7), Entrerríos(0), Rivera (3) –starting seven– Ristovski(0), Ariño(0), N’Guessan(0), Spyrzak (1), Dika Mem (2), Saubich(0), Jicha(0), Jallouz (2), Lazarov (5).

Score every five minutes: 2-2 / 6-4 / 6-8 / 7-10 / 8-11 / 11-13 / Half-time / 14-15 / 15-16 / 17-20 / 19-22 / 22-34 / 22-24.

Referees: Jesús Escudero Santiuste and Jorge Escudero Santiuste

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