It was a great game at the Palau but one in which, ultimately, Barça Lassa and Rhein-Neckar Löwen, leaders of the German Bundesliga, had to share the points (26-26). On the seventh day of the Champions League, both teams produced some magnificent handball, and they remain a point apart in Group A. Dika Mem and Rnic, with eight goals each, were the top scorers.

Barça started very strongly and led 5-1 after eight minutes thanks to Gonzalo Pérez de Vargas. Xavi Pascual’s team took advantage of the fact that the German’s had played without a goalkeeper to that point but thanks to Rnic, with six goals, and the stellar appearance of Palicka in the visitors’ goal, Rhein-Neckar managed to firstly reduce the deficit, and then surge ahead (14-18 min 38).

Dika Mem, with four goals in the final stretch (eight in total), eventually helped to bring things level at 24-24 late on, however, there was still time for Viran Morros and Víctor Tomàs to register. Thereafter, both defences and goalkeepers were solid and ensured no further goals were scored. Rhein-Neckar (11 points) and Barça (10 points) still trail Group A leaders, Vardar, on 13 points.

Match Details

FC Barcelona Lassa, 26
Rhein-Neckar Löwen, 26

Barça Lassa: Gonzalo (1); Víctor Tomàs (2), Entrerríos (2), Valero Rivera (3), N’Guessan (2), Syprzak (1), Dika Mem (8) –starters-, Sorhaindo (1), Ariño (1), Alexis Borges (-), Viran Morros (2), Lenne (-), Palmarsson (2), Aleix Gómez (-), Jallouz (1).

Rhein-Neckar: Palicka (-); Bliznac (-), Radivojevic (2), Reinkind (3), Taleski (-), Guardiola (3), Schmid (5) –starters-, Tollbring (-), Sigurdsson (-), Baena (3), Rnic (8), Groetzki (1), Mensah Larsen (-), Pekeler (1).

Breakdown: 4-1, 5-2, 9-6, 10-8, 11-9, 13-13 (break), 14-16, 16-19, 19-21, 23-24, 26-26, 26-26 (final).

Officials: Dalibor Jurinovic and Marko Mrvica.

Attendance: 4,141 spectators at the Palau Blaugrana.

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