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23.04.2011 20:15

Regular season champions (5-6)

Llorenç Tarrés

After a sensational second-half comeback, after going 5-1 down at the interval, Barça Alusport have secured first place in the regular season table and will have home court advantage all through the play offs.

Regular season champions (5-6)

Match stats

Lobelle Santiago (5+0):
Álex, Aicardo (1), Rubi (2), Pola (1), Diego –starting five-, Charlie, Rafael, Raúl Campos (1), Luis.

FC Barcelona Alusport (1+5): Paco Sedano, Saad (1), Fernandão (1) Chico (1), Javi Rodríguez (1) – starting five -, Wilde (1), Lin, Ari Santos, Carlos (1), Jordi Torras.

Goals: 0-1, Fernandão (3’); 1-1, Pola (8’); 2-1, Raúl Campos (11’); 3-1, Rubi (12’); 4-1, Rubi (18’); 5-1, Aicardo (19’); 5-2, Wilde (22’); 5-3, Chico (23’); 5-4, Carlos (31’); 5-5, Saad (38’); 5-6, Javi Rodríguez (39’).

Referees: Sanzol Goñi and Urdanoz Apezteguia. Yellows for home players Rafael and Charlie, and for visitors Saad, Javi Rodríguez and Paco Sedano. Red for home player Rafael.

Venue: Multiusos Fontes do Sar (Santiago).
Barça have finished top of the futsal regular season table for the first time ever. It may only be an honorary title, but it means they will get home court advantage in all postseason matches. And they did so in amazing style, by coming back from 5-1 down in Santiago.

Rather than depending on what happened between El Pozo and Caja Segòvia, who ended up drawing, Barça Alusport have finished top of the table on their own merit thanks to an extraordinary comeback from four goals down.

Dreadful first half

Despite looking good for the first few minutes and going 1-0 ahead through Fernandão, FCB were awful in the first half, and Lobelle punished them for it. Pol equalised after a defensive mix-up, and then Raúl Campos scored a second far more easily than he should have been allowed. Moments later, a Saad mistake led to Rubi making it 3-1. Those had been four minutes to forget.

Barça couldn’t even make up the deficit from the penalty spot, when Ari Santos missed his chance, and the half ended in further disarray, with Rubi getting his second before there was still time for Aicardo to make it five from a spot-kick.

Champions react

Carmona had some serious talking to do in the dressing room. Even though there was hopeful news coming through from Segovia, Barça Alusport’s first half performance was beyond belief. The second half was too, but for very, very different reasons. The action had barely resumed before Wilde and Chico had scored to narrow the deficit to two.

It was a very different Barcelona in the second half, who dominated the play in devastating fashion, and were further boosted when the hosts’ Rafael was red carded. Lobelle looked exhausted after their first-half exertions, and a powerful Carlos volley soon had Barça within one at 5-4. Carmona went for a rush goalie system, and such ambition paid off when Saad completed a terrific move to equalise the match.

With a minute and a half to go, a penalty on Wilde was converted by Javi Rodríguez and the FCB comeback was complete. It was unbelievable stuff, and those three points mean the Palau will now be the venue for most of the Barça action in what promises to be a fascinating playoff series.

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