The Barca they lost this Thursday at the Palau against Lomza Vive Kielce (30-32), a Polish team that escapes in the lead and that showed great superiority against the Catalans. Next Wednesday the Barça fans will have the opportunity to return the coin to the Poles and fight for a victory in the handball Champions League.
It was the first setback of the season in the Palau Balugrana, which was also accompanied by a defeat in the continental competition, something that had not happened since the December 5, 2015, precisely also before the Polish team. So they lost by 31 to 33.
The first 30 minutes had an excellent Barça before the exhibition of the visiting block began until they won the game with some Catalans who are paying the toll of the Olympic Games, against a much more consistent Kielce at the moment. Thus, the Polish team finishes the first round of the Champions as leader of group B with 12 points out of 14 possible, while the Barça march second with nine. The first two at the end of the league will save the round of eighth and go directly to the quarterfinals.
Barça, 30 (16 + 14): Pérez de Vargas (p.), Luka Cindric (1), Ludovic Fábregas (5), Dika Mem (7), Timothey N’Guessan (7), Aleix Gómez (3, 1p.) , Aitor Ariño (2) -starting seven-, Leo Maciel (ps), Thiagus Petrus, Blaz Janc, Haniel Langaro (1), Ángel Fernández (1), Ali Zein, Melvyn Richardson, Domen Makuc (3) and Artur Parera.
Kielce, 32 (19 + 13): Andreas Wolff (l.), Branko Vukovic (3), Nicolas Tournat (2), Tomasz Gebala, Miguel Sánchez-Migallón, Arkadiusz Moryto, Dylan Nahi (6) -starting seven-, Szymon Sicko (4), Alex Dujshebaev (4), Igor Karacic (1), Arkadiusz Moryto (7), Uladzislau Kulesh (2), Artsem Karalek (3), Michal Olejniczak, Sigvaldi Bjoern Gudjonsson.
Referees: Slave Nikolov and Gjorgji Nachevski (North Macedonia). They excluded two minutes to the local Haniel Langaro (16:38); and visitors Igor Karacic (13:48) and Branko Vujovic (49:03).
Scoreboard every five minutes: 2-3, 6-5, 9-6, 11-10, 12-15, 16-19 (rest), 19-22, 22-23, 23-26, 26-28, 27-29 and 30-32 (final).
Attendance: 2,480 spectators at the Palau Blaugrana.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.