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Xavi Pascual’s team will thus seek to be crowned for the tenth time in its history, the first since 2015, after ending its bad luck since then, with somewhat unexpected setbacks in the two years that it had managed to reach the ‘F4’, in 2017 and 2019, when he was surprised by the Macedonian Vardar.
On this occasion, Barça did not give an option to surprise and showed that their squad is possibly the best in the Old Continent against which PSG, with the important loss of Nikola Karabatic, could only stand up in the first half of the clash. Then the figure of the Danish goalkeeper Kevin Moller appeared and the Blaugrana team took off to avoid excessive hardships despite the attempts of their rival.
In fact, Raúl González’s team was the first to hit in a match that had no brake from the opening whistle. The Parisian team took advantage of the fact that the nine-time champion was slow to settle in the Lanxess Arena in Cologne and opened a first difference on the scoreboard (5-8), but the departure of Moller and the greater intensity of the Blaugrana changed the script.
Thus, with 8-10 in favor of PSG, FC Barcelona pressed back and its goalkeeper became key to stop what the 6-0 of his teammates did not do and the match changed fully as indicated by the clear 18-14 at the break .
After the resumption, the French team tried to react and get back into the game as soon as possible, but they accused the weak party of two of their strongholds, the Latvian Kristopanss and the Danish Hansen, who did not have their best afternoon.
Those of Xavi Pascual did not relax and continued to count on the good work of Moller, who was only able to beat the winger Nahi with ‘ease’. Even so, and taking advantage of a ‘culé’ exclusion, PSG came close to three goals and with 27-24 had two balls to get to two goals and put emotion.
Those two attacks ended with two losses and the Catalan team did not forgive to escape again on the scoreboard (31-25) with ten minutes remaining and end the problems to seal their pass to a final where they will face the Kiel they defeated , after an extension, 36-35 against the Hungarian Veszprém of David Davis, Rodrigo Corrales and Jorge Maqueda. Both will reissue the 2010 final with a 36-34 German victory.