Tough defeat (27-26)
Barça Borges have lost by one goal at French club Chambéry, who led from the start. It was not a vintage display from the Catalans and they have now lost two Champions League games out of four.
The French side took an aggressive approach to the game, and the result leaves Barça Borges in
trouble in their group. It was clear from the outset that FCB were going to have their work cut out
against a side that defends so strongly, switching effectively between 6-0 and 5-1 systems.
Sorhaindo sets record
Ironically it was a Frenchman, Cédric Sorhaindo, who opened the scoring
for Barcelona, which was the 9,000th for his team in European competition. Chambéry dictated the
kind of rapid pace that Barcelona enjoy so much, yet the Catalans struggled to put together their
Philippe Gardent’s side barraged the pressure on constantly, and their early 6-5 lead
was stretched to a more convincing 11-6, while their keeper Dumoulin made a series of providential
saves, even from the penalty spot.
A French timeout was used to rest the home players a while, but it seemed to be Barça Borges
that benefitted most, as they were soon back in the hunt (11-9).
Two down at the break
With Nagy sin binned, Chambéry were able to go four ahead again, but
Barcelona again responded by narrowing the deficit to two, which is how things stood at the break
Barça Borges needed a good start to the second half, but didn’t get it when Roine
banged in three goals on the trot. Five down, it was time to send on Sjöstrand for Saric, but this
did little goal, because all the saves were being made at the other end (21-16).
A 0-3 led by Sorhaindo gave new hope, which was further bolstered by goals from
Rocas and Rutenka to make it 24-22. Chambéry were clinging on for dear life, and Barça Borges were
on fire, especially when home player Gille was given his marching orders. Had Rutenka not hit the
bar in the final minute, there might have been a different story to tell, but as it was, Barça come
back from France in bitter disappointment.
CHAMBERY HB, 27
FC BARCELONA BORGES, 26
Chambery HB (14+13): Dumoulin, Paty (1), Barachet (3), Detrez (3), Basic (8, 2p.),
Roine (6), Busselier (0) -seven starting-, Nocar (2), Gille (3), Paturel (0), Massot (1) and
FC Barcelona Borges (12+14): Saric, Rocas (4), Igropulo (1), Sorhaindo (4), Raúl
Entrerríos (3), Rutenka (2), Juanin (2) -seven starting-, Nagy (2), Jernemyr (0), Noddesbo (3),
Sarmiento (0), Iker Romero (4) and Ugalde (1).
Referees: Evgenij Zotin (RUS) and Nikolaqj Volodkov (RUS).
Periods (every five minutes): 2-2, 5-4, 6-5, 9-6, 11-8, 14-12 (half time),
17-13, 20-15, 21-18, 24-20, 26-22 and 27-26 (final).