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Barça wins the Eleventh on penalties

Barça handball players celebrate winning the Champions League in Cologne. / efe

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The Barça team won a dramatic final against Polish Kielce and repeated in Cologne the great European title won last year

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Barça handball made history by winning the handball ‘final four’ for the second consecutive year this Sunday and becoming the first team to repeat the highest continental crown since the establishment of this model in the 2008-2009 academic year.

The azulgranas won their eleventh European Cup after an agonizing, tremendous, extraordinary final, which had to be decided on penalty kicks after finishing extra time with a draw (32-32). In the decisive shootout from seven metres, the Catalan team won 5-3.

In an unforgettable final due to its unusual emotion and the maximum equality prevailing at all times, Carlos Ortega’s team revalidated the title won last season to take another step forward in its growth. He was able to beat none other than a checkbook-forged Kielce who had beaten the mighty Hungarian Veszprem (35-27) in Saturday’s semifinal. Talant Dujshebaev’s team has not lifted the trophy since 2016.

Tears on the face of Carlos Ortega, who with this precious award begins his new stage as coach at the head of Barça in an unbeatable way. The title could have fallen on anyone’s side, since both the Spanish and the Poles made merits in Cologne to celebrate it, but the uncertainty was such that the outcome had to be decided on penalties.

In the final fate, Fàbregas scored the fifth and final, taking advantage of the success that Gonzalo Pérez de Vargas had earlier to deflect Álex Dujshebaev’s shot. It could not be another who failed in one of those coincidences of destiny that the world of sports holds.

Barça is outstanding in handball, a guarantee of success for a multi-sports club perhaps like no other and that this afternoon regretted the defeat in the ACB Basketball League by losing the fourth game of the final series to Real Madrid, the second in a row at the Wizink Center From the capital. Moments after Sarunas Jasikevicius’s team lamented the defeat, the handball section consolidated its continental hegemony.

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