FC Barcelona became European handball champions for the 11th time today, beating Poles Kielce in the penalty shoot-out, after drawing 32-32 in extra time in the ‘final four’ of the Champions League.
The game was extremely balanced, as the draws recorded at the end of regulation time (14-13) and extra time (32-32) show, but the Catalans were 100% effective in penalties and ended up winning 37-35, converting five penalties against three of the opponent.
The highlight of the match was the Spanish international Aleix Gómez, from the ‘Blaugrana’, scorer of nine goals, he who had already been in evidence in the semi-final, on Saturday, against the Germans of Kiel, by scoring 12 goals.
With this achievement, FC Barcelona, who had already lifted the trophy last season, was crowned European champion for the 11th time, the fourth in the ‘final four’ system, in what was their seventh final in this competitive model.
Hours earlier, in the game for the third and fourth places, the Germans from Kiel beat the Hungarians from Veszprem, by 37-35, also on penalties, since at the end of regulation time there was a tie to 34 goals, but in this game among the losers of the semi-finals the regulation does not foresee the dispute of an extra time.
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