In a tough game, Barša Intersport managed to overcome all obstacles to gain a key victory in the fight for the title. Barša beat San Antonio 29-23, with eleven goals from Rutenka.
AMAYA SPORT SAN ANTONIO, 23
FCB Intersport, 29
Amaya Sport San Antonio, 23 (13 +10): Ristanovic, Sevaljevic (4), Guardiola (3),
Jimenez (4), Mindegia (2), Julen (1), Sluijters (1)-starting seven- Peci˝a, Rasic (6), Meoki,
Curkovic, Aguirrezabalaga (2)
FC Barcelona Intersport, 29 (14 +15): Saric, Noddesbo, Juanin (6), Nagy (3),
Jernemyr, Rocas (1), Viran (1)-starting seen- Rutenka (11), Tomas (2) , EntrerrÝos (1), Sorhaindo
(3), Sarmiento (1), Mikel
Five minute partials: 4-2, 6-4, 7-6, 8-9, 11-12, 13-14 (half-time) 14-16, 15-20,
17-23, 19-23, 21 - 26 (Final)
Referees: Casado Fernandez and Vera Avila
Pavilion: University of Navarra. 1,500 spectators
Barša Intersport carry on their unstoppable march in the Asobal League. The 6th win in 6 games
consolidated their top spot in this great start to the competition, above all after their victory
at the University of Navarra, where Pascual’s team won one of the most complicated matches of
the season. Rutenka, with 11 goals, was one of the players that made the difference, along with
Daniel Saric, who saved 4 penalties.
First half, below their normal level
San Antonio began the game on top, and controlled the scoreboard early on. Intersport were
not at their best and found it hard to get into the game. San Antonio were never more than 2 goals
ahead, however, and Pascual’s players reacted in time. In the 20th minute with 3 consecutive
goals, Barša put themselves ahead on the scoreboard for the first time in the match (9-8). In the
last minutes of the first half the match was end to end, but Intersport managed to go into the
break with a 1 goal advantage (14-13).
Decisive blow, with Rutenka’s goals
Early in the second half, the Barša players struck a decisive blow. A sequence of 5-1, in
seven minutes, with three consecutive goals from Rutenka, gave Intersport a 5 goal lead (19-14),
the first considerable lead in the match. Intersport easily controlled the rest of the game. With
10 minutes left, San Antonio reduced the deficit to 2 goals (23-21), but 4 consecutive goals, with
Rutenka again the main protagonist, decided the game.
Pascual: "Without playing particularly well we were pretty effective”
At the end of the game, the manager praised the win in Pamplona. "In the first half we were
not at our normal level, mainly due to lack of concentration. Later, we improved in defense, but
didn’t do so well up front at the beginning of the second half we gained a significant lead.
We learned a lesson from the first half, and we were more solid in defence, much more concentrated"