Barça, who dominated Ademar from start to finish, have won the last 8 editions of the tournament
The Barça captain, named MVP in his last match in this competition
The Barça He complied with the script and won his 25th Cup champion title this Sunday, the eighth in a row, after winning 27-35 at Abanca Ademar de León in a final that supposed the farewell of Raúl Entrerríos cupbearer tournament.
A final in which beyond the indisputable role of the Barça captain, who was Designated Player of the Match, the Leonese team was never able to stand up to the Barça giant, weighed down by his numerous turnovers. A problem that should not detract from the success of the Xavi Pascual, which despite their erratic start, once again demonstrated the sidereal distance that separates them today from the rest of the Spanish teams.
The variety of arguments used by the Catalans makes the possibility of defeating the Catalans a chimera for the rest of their rivals. Yes, as happened this Sunday, players like the French do not have the day Dika mem, there is the figure of his compatriot, the pivot Ludovic Fabregas to channel offensive play, or goalkeepers Kevin Moller Y Gonzalo Pérez de Vargas to solve any problem. And as always is captain Raúl Entrerríos, who in his farewell to the cup-butler tournament again left hints of the enormous talent that he treasures.
And that Barcelona showed again at the beginning of the final the same efficiency issues that already led him to suffer more than expected in the quarterfinals against BM Logroño La Rioja and in the semifinals against Fraikin Granollers. Either because of accumulated fatigue, as the Barcelona coach pointed out after the semifinals, or for any other reason, the truth is that Barcelona players have been strangely lacking in the launch throughout the tournament.
It is not normal to see gunboats of the stature of Dika Mem fail, as happened this Sunday, such clear shots. And the fact is that the Frenchman not only missed, but sent his first two throws several meters over the crossbar. Erratic shots that made the figure of the Algerian goalkeeper of Ademar, Khalifa Ghedbane, grow and grow until he became gigantic, who with his interventions seemed willing that the final did not die as soon as it started.
Difference from the start
But neither the good work of Ghedbane, which closed the first period with seven saves, some of them of great merit, were able to offset the continuous losses of the ball by the Leonese team in attack. Thus, in a seen and unseen, it went from 4-5, which was barely over ten minutes of play, to 7-11, which began to make the difference between the two teams clear.
If Mem did not have his day, the one who did not fail was captain Raúl Entrerríos, who put the pillars of the Barça break with two almost consecutive home-brand goals. An escape to which pivot Ludovic Fabregas contributed notably, who did not waste every ball that reached the six-meter line to hammer the goal of a Ghedbane, who minute by minute saw his percentages decrease.
Marchán makeup at the end
Circumstance that allowed Barcelona, despite the efforts of the Croatian side Milan Gostovic, the only one capable of scoring with a certain frequency in Ademar, reaching at 22 minutes a maximum income of seven goals (9-16), which Xavi Pascual’s men managed to keep until the conclusion of the first half (13-20). A difference that despite leaving the final sentenced did not prevent Xavi Pascual’s men from continuing with maximum intensity, as if they wanted to get even with the ‘gray’ image that at the moment they showed in the quarterfinals and semifinals. Extra march that allowed the Catalans to further extend their advantage until reaching a maximum income of ten goals (21-31) with ten minutes remaining.
A time that Ademar, who with his presence in the final had already secured his participation next year in European competitions, took the opportunity to make up the score minimally, as a reflection of the 37-25 final, by the hand of a Rubén Marchán, who once again made clear the reason for his status as the natural replacement of Julen Aginagalde in the pivot of the Spanish team.
27 – Ademar de Léon: Ghedbane; Gonzalo Pérez Arce (2), Feuchtmann (3), Natan Suárez (-), Lucin (3), Casqueiro (2) and Piechowski (1) -starting team- Slavic (ps), Marchán (7), Martínez Camí (- ), Donlin (3), Gostovic (5), Carrillo (-), Jaime Fernández (-), Antonio Martínez (1) and Kisselev (-)
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35 – Barça: Moller (1); Aleix Gómez (3), Mem (1), Fabregas (6), Petrus (-), Raúl Entrerríos (3) and Ariño (-) -starting team- Pérez de Vargas (ps), Sorhaindo (2), Dolenec (5 , 2p), Janc (3), N’Guessan (4), Cindric (3), Alex Pascual (-), Palmarsson (1) and Frade (3)
Scoreboard every five minutes: 1-3, 3-5, 7-9, 8-13, 10-19 and 13-20 (Rest) 16-23, 18-25, 20-29, 21-31, 24-34 and 27-35 ( Final)
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.