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Barça wins their 19th King's Cup title / PHOTO: ÀLEX CAPARRÓS-FCB

FC Barcelona’s 19th King’s Cup title is now a reality. Barça beat Noia Freixent by 2-3 at Vilanova i la Geltrú, which means that the Catalan team’s bid to defend their title was successful (this is also their second title of the season). Noia took the early lead, but a strong reaction from FC Barcelona, with three goals in five minutes before the half, secured the title for Barça. Noia wasn’t able to mount a comeback in the second half.

Seró scores for Noia

The first minutes of the match were market by both teams displaying a solid defence. A shot to the post from Torra on five minutes was the only real chance before the both teams went on the attack at the end of the first half. A Seró goal, from a powerful shot just outside the area, put Noia ahead with five minutes remaining in the half.

Fight back before the break

The Azulgrana reaction came immediately. A great individual play from Torra brought Barça level. It was FC Barcelona’s first blow. The second blow came one minute later, Gaby Cairo's took the lead thanks to Pablo Álvarez. Before the break Barça scored their third, Ordeig ripped a shot from long distance and Puigbí could do nothing to avert the goal. In the blink of an eye Barça was up 3-1.

Seró pulls one back

The start of the second half was much like the first. With few chances at either end of the court.  Cairo’s men defended their lead. Noia, a team that doesn’t boast the team depth on the bench that Barça does, was struggling to maintain the pace of the match. A penalty, scored by Seró, in the last minute of the game brought back a glimmer of hope to Noia. However, it was too late, the clock was winding down. 60 seconds later, Cairo’s men lifted the King’s Cup title. Champions!

MATCH STATS

Noia Freixenet, 2
FC Barcelona, 3

Noia Freixenet (1+1): Puigbí, Mitjans, Bargalló, del Amor, Esteller (starting five), Feixas, Seró, Sergi Fernández.

FC Barcelona (3+0): Egurrola, Ordeig, Torra, Panadero, Pablo Álvarez (starting five), Borregán, Reinaldo, Gual.

Goals: 1-0, Seró, min 20; 1-1, Torra, min 21; 1-2, Pablo Álvarez, min 22; 1-3, Ordeig, min 24, and 2-3, Seró, min 49.

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