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Barça Lassa were not able to turn the tie around in the end with the three goal deficit from the first leg enough to send their French opponents through to the quarter-finals of the competition. Xavi Pascual’s side did enjoy a six goal advantage at one point in the game but their French opponents did not crumble and it is they who will face German side Flensburg in the next round.

The first half began with Montpellier in excellent form and they raced into a 5-2 lead. Barça Lassa steadied themselves and a goal from N’Guessen gave them a 9-8 lead in the Palau Blaugrana. The home side retained that goal advantage until the break when they went in 15-14 up.

In the second half, with the crowd behind them, Barça Lassa started to believe in the comeback as they raced into a 24-18 lead. Nevertheless, the visitors did not panic and thanks to the solid defence they were able to reduce the difference back to just one goal. Barça Lassa gave everything in the final minutes in search of a lead that would have been enough to take them through but it was not to be for Xavi Pascual’s side in Europe this season.

MATCH DETAILS

Barça Lassa, 30
HB Montpellier, 28

Barça Lassa: Gonzalo (2), Entrerríos (1), Sorhaindo (-), Rivera (5), N’Guessan (5), Mem (4), Aleix (5) – starting seven –  Tomás (2), Ristovski (-) Ariño (-), Syprzak (4), Borges (-), Dolenec (-), Viran (-), Palmarsson (2), Jallouz (-).
HB Montpellier: Gerard (-), Simonet (6), Truchanovicius (1), Richardson (7), Bonnefond (4), Fabregas (2), Porte (3) – starting seven –  Causse (-), Guigou (-), Portner (-), Kavticnik (2),  Bingo (-), Afgour (-), Soussi (-), Mamdouh (3), Faustin (-).

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