Having taken the game to the European Champions BM Torrevieja deserved a better result in their home fixture against the all powerful Barcelona on Saturday evening. From the start the home side went on the offensive catching their opponents off guard.
Playing with a previously unseen fluidity in attack they quickly built up a six point lead with some entertaining handball. The work of new trainer Manuel Laguna seems finally to be paying off. Despite wholesale changes the Catalans could find no answer as Torrevieja defender Diego Moyano was in outstanding form. As the interval approached, however, the visitors narrowed the gap to just two points.
The second period was not kind to the home side as local players continually incurred the wrath of the match officials. This resulted in a series of controversial expulsions which allowed Barcelona to take advantage of their numerical superiority to establish a 19-16 lead midway through the period.
But the Torrevejenses were not discouraged and with just ten minutes to go, following a series of attacking moves, David Pellitero, Mihail Yukov and Valçic, levelled the scoreline at 22-22. Unfortunately, as a result of the earlier expulsions, the extra effort imparted by home side players saw Torrevieja tire as they entered the final minutes of the game. The greater depth of quality that the visitors were able to call on was now beginning to tell and, in front of over 3,500 spectators, Barcelona went on to achieve victory by the narrowest of margins 28-26.
Despite the defeat this was an excellent performance by BM Torrevieja which will hopefully give them confidence for the remainder of the season as they attempt to achieve their best season ever in Asobal.
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