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Barcelona handball team wins the Champions League on penalties

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Barcelona players celebrate Champions League.FABIAN BIMMER (REUTERS)

Alex Dujshebaev vs Gonzalo Perez de Vargas. Two Hispanics for one champion. Glory went to the goalkeeper, eternity to Barcelona, ​​who clinched their eleventh European Cup after a claustrophobic afternoon in Poland. The penalty shootout decided the final of the Final Four and only one mistake, that of Santander, the man who had put the azulgranas in a dark room and forced them to eat a box of nails due to the slow, tiring and unnerving pace, tipped the scales in the Lanxess Arena.

Álex Dujshebaev had it in the last shot of overtime, but his shot went wide. Before that, in the first 60 minutes, Kielce caught extra time on the buzzer. There was no room in the pavilion for more drama. Laporta could not stand. Until the final led to the glory and tragedy of a penalty shootout. Gonzalo could with Alex.

Barça have concluded a season in grand style in which few predicted a peak of such proportions. Due to the traumatic replacement on the bench (Carlos Ortega replaced Xavi Pascual, who was sacked after winning everything last year), due to the departure of some players (Raúl Entrerríos, Aron Palmarsson, Cedric Sorhaindo and Kevin Moller, among others) and due to Doubts who would leave the team defeated in several games of the first leg in the European Cup. It wasn’t all year that Barcelona incited panic among rivals and won by annihilation. However, the loot was the same. He found enough consistency to return to the Final Four and in the gorge of two games in just 24 hours, in the here and now of Cologne, he was better than anyone. The date he slipped several times turned into a place of glory this time. Nobody had repeated the title since the tournament was decided by the last four. The king of Europe got it.

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