No problems getting ninth victory (41-29)
The Asobal resumed after the international break, and Barça Borges have lost none of their firepower. They eased past Port Sagunt to make it nine wins in a row.
The game was almost delayed because the visitors’ bus was involved in an accident on the way
up from Valencia, although fortunately nobody was hurt and the game was able to commence as normal.
That was the only shock on a day when all went to plan for Xavi Pascual.
This was a game when Barça could only afford to win, something that was never in doubt as
they cruised to the win without barely breaking into a sweat.
And that was despite the absence of the injured Víctor Tomàs and Sorhaindo, as expected, plus
the last-minute withdrawal of Iker Romero. Unconcerned, Dani Sarmiento fired home the first goal
and it was plain sailing from there. Barça Borges were soon 4-0 up, and Goran Dzokic, the perturbed
visiting coach, had no choice but to call an early timeout.
They responded well, with a 0-4 streak to get back in the match, which switched from 8-2 to
8-6. It was Xavi Pascual’s turn to have a rethink, and his tactics paid off.
Main Sagunto target man Bauer (just 1 goal) and playmaker Latorre were
totally blocked out of the game, and Barça gradually expanded on their lead: 15-11, 19-12 then
23-15. The home side looked so relaxed that Saric conceded some goals he would surely have saved
under more intense circumstances, and the 23-16 scoreline at the break could easily have been more
imbalanced had Barça really wanted to punish their opponents.
The second half started with a 3-0 run to break the psychological barrier of ten points. Port
Sagunt were now on a damage limitation exercise, but only Prce looked threatening, and it was only
thanks to their keeper Ibáñez that they avoided humiliation. Fifteen minutes from the end, the
difference was 13 goals (34-21); five minutes later it was 15 (40-25) and in the end they
‘only’ lost by 12.
Xavi Pascual even sent on young Álvaro Ruiz, who scored his first goal for the club, but was
then sin-binned somewhat harshly. He is the one who will most remember this game that otherwise was
nothing more than a routine win.