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FC Barcelona delivered a fine performance to beat Club Petroleros YPF / PHOTO: VÍCTOR SALGADO-FCB

FC Barcelona have won the Intercontinental Cup for the fourth time with a 6-2 win over Club Petroleros YPF of Argentina at the Palau Blaugrana.

2-0 at break

The side from Mendoza enjoyed as many chances as Barça early on, and it took 17 minutes for the deadlock to be broken with a long range strike from Xavi Barroso. Two minutes later some Raúl Marín brilliance set Marc Gual up for a second, and Grimalt saved a Torra penalty before the half was out.

Direct approach

Barça went out to finish the job in the second half, and on 31 minutes Pablo Álvarez seemed to have done that by making it 3-0. Eight minutes later Raúl Marín confirmed things, capping a great individual performance by thundering home the fourth from the middle of the court. Raw power.

Baielli grabbed a consolation goal for the Argentinians in an almost exact replica of Marín’s for FCB. But Pablo Álvarez immediately responded by making it 5-1 before Baielli salvaged some more honour for the visitors with a finely directed free kick. Matías Pascual made it six as Barça made the most of a later power play, and from then on, the celebrations ensued.

For the fourth time, Barça have been crowned the best roller hockey team in the world.

MATCH STATS

FC Barcelona, 6
Club Petroleros YPF, 2

FC Barcelona: Egurrola, Torra, Pablo Álvarez, Matías Pascual, Barroso (starting five), Panadero, Gual, Raúl Marín

Club Petroleros YPF: Grimalt, Páez, Baielli, Julián Martínez, Lucas Martínez (starting five)

Goals: 1-0, Barroso (min 17); 2-0, Gual (min 19); 3-0, Pablo Álvarez (min 31); 4-0, Raúl Marín (min 39), 4-1, Baielli (min 41); 5-1, Pablo Álvarez (min 46); 5-2, Baielli (min 48); 6-2, Matías Pascual (min 49)

Referees: Pinto & Bonucelli

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