Barça Lassa are through to yet another European Final Four – the sixth in a row – after eliminating Forte dei Marmi by an aggregate score of 6-5. But it wasn't easy, and after losing the first leg at home, the Italians came to the Palau on a mission and came away with a 4-3 win. Thankfully, that wasn’t enough to unseat Barça from their berth in the semi-finals, which will be against Oliveirense of Portugal on May 13 at a venue yet to be decided.

Coach Ricard Muñoz had already insisted before the game that it was “anything but a formality” and although Barça led 3-1 from the first leg, and took the lead on three occasions, the visitors managed to find an answer every time and a goal from De Oro right at the end meant the Italians had 30 seconds to score again and force the game into extra time.

It was a nail-biting finale, but Barça Lassa held on and can now start making plans for the end of season showcase event.


Barça Lassa, 3

Hockey Forte, 4

FCB Lassa: Egurrola, Gual, Pascual, Panadero & Pablo Álvarez – starting five – Ordoñez, Barroso, Bargalló & Lamas

Hockey Forte: Gnata, Enric Torner, De Oro, Pagnini & Motaran – starting five – Orland & Cinquini

Goals: 1-0, Pablo Alvárez (2’); 1-1, Enric Tornar (8’); 2-1, Barroso (25’); 3-1, Pablo Álvarez (29’); 3-2, Enric Torner (36’); 3-3, Motaran (46’); 3-4, De Oro (50’).

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