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Löwen celebrate one-goal win

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Rhein-Neckar Löwen - FC Barcelona Lassa 22:21 (10:9)

Two briliant defence sides, two extraordinary goalkeepers and a high level right from the start. Löwen underlined their ambitions by beating the defending champions. "This was the best match in Europe since month. The defence was amazing, and despite the defeat I am satisfied with my team," said Barca coach Xavi Pascual, for him it was the second defeat against a German side within two weeks after losing the semi-final of the Super Globe against Füchse Berlin in Doha. "We were lucky, but we deserved to win," said Löwen coach Nikolaj Jacobsen:

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"This was a great game with great defence and goalkeeping." The first half was fully defence-oriented by both sides – including sensational goalkeeper performances of Danijel Saric (Barcelona) and Mikael Appelgren (Löwen). Only twelve goals were scored in the first 20 minutes (6:6), after the German side had been ahead 6:3. Saric was the tower of power in the Barcelona team, which had to replace injured six-time EHF Champions League winner Siarhei Rutenka. The defending champions intermediately striked back with four unanswered goals in a row to take their first lead, when Saric had shut up his shop for several minutes.

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