The team supporting Abidal / PHOTO: ÀLEX CAPARRÓS - FCB

Borregán celebrating a goal / PHOTO: ÀLEX CAPARRÓS - FCB

Barça’s roller hockey team earned a valuable victory this Friday against Viareggio at the Palau Balugrana. After an even first half which ended in a two-all draw, Gaby Cairo’s men came out swinging in the second half to put the game beyond reach of their rivals (8-3). With this victory, Barça is mathematically qualified for the Final Eight of the European League with one game left still to play in this round. The first and second position of the group will be determined in the final game.

Just before the match, the Barça players came out onto the court with a shirt that showed the team’s support for Éric Abidal. The Club announced this Thursday that the Frenchman will undergo a liver transplant in the coming weeks. The team also offered up the King’s Cup trophy to the fans before the starting whistle.

As expected, the game was very intense. The first play of note from Cairo’s men was when Panadero’s shot hit the post on four minutes. Moments later, Sergi Fernández pulled off an exceptional save to deny Moratan. Barça was the team to score the go-ahead goal thanks to Panadero on eight minutes. Viraggio didn’t give up and they roared back in search of the equaliser. Fernández, however, saved the equaliser again with an incredible save.

Complete equality at the half (2-2)

The goal from the Italian side, thanks to Emanuel García, came on 15 minutes. Three minutes later, Cairo called timeout, and his players reacted accordingly. Team captain Beto Borregán, made it 2-1 with beautiful goal a minute later. Alessandro Bertolucci brought his team level on 20 minutes. With three minutes to go, Torra had the opportunity to put his team up but his effort was denied.

Festival of goals

At the start of the second half, the Barça team, offered up an exhibition. They quickly jumped to a 4-2 lead thanks to goals from Mia Ordeig (28’) and Panadero (29’). Panadero went on to score his third goal on the night three minutes later. Reinaldo could have scored Barça sixth, but he too was denied.

Viareggio pulled one back thanks to Moratan (5-3, 40’). Only three minutes later, the yough Marc Julià scored Barça’s sixth. Fernández, who had a spectacular night, saved a penalty shot by Orlandi. With four minutes to go, Viareggio called timeout. Torra and Ordeig, however, stopped an Italian fight back with a goal a piece to seal the victory for FC Barcelona.



FC Barcelona: Fernández, Ordeig, Panadero, Reinaldo, Torra -starting five- Borregán, Reinaldo, Marc Julià

Viareggio: Carmazzi, Mirko Bertolucci, García, Orlandi, Moratan -starting five- A. Bertolucci, E. Mariotti

Goals: 1-0, Panadero (8'); 1-1, García (15'); 2-1, Borregán (19'); 2-2, A. Bertolucci (20'); 3-2, Ordeig (28'); 4-2, Panadero (29'); 5-2, Panadero (32'); 5-3, Moratan (40'); 6-3, Marc Julià (43'); 7-3, Marc Torra (46'); Mia Ordeig (48')

Palau Blaugrana: 2.785 spectators

Referees: Rego Lamela and Joaquin Pinto

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