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Barcelona brings Nantes back to earth

ByRoborto Sykes

Oct 2, 2020

Back to reality for Nantes. A week after his feat in Kiel, the H, led in particular by his captain Rock Feliho or even by Kiril Lazarov, lost heavily, in his H Arena, against Barcelona (27-35), this Thursday evening, in the part of the third day of the group stage of the Champions League in men’s handball. In this meeting, the club based in the Loire-Atlantique department had several absent, such as Aymeric Minne, Olivier Nyokas or even David Balaguer, former resident of Barça, which weighed considerably in this match. Consequently, Alberto Entrerrios was forced to call on several young people, who managed to sometimes show themselves, without however managing to reverse the trend, especially in the face of a very good Kevin Moller (9 saves).

Nantes remains in the race for the eighth

Opposite, the Catalan club were intractable in defense, and just as solid in attack, well led in particular by their French international Dika Mem, who finished top scorer in this meeting, with a total of seven goals scored. A seriousness also glimpsed at the start of this meeting, under the leadership of Aron Palmarsson, author of six goals and particularly precise, especially in the first act (5/5). At the break, the Barcelona were already in front (18-15), before standing out definitively in the second act, while in the Nantes cage, Emil Nielsen, unlike last week against Kiel, this time fell on a bone. After three days now contested, the Nantes team, which is still aiming for a qualification for the round of 16, occupies fifth place in group B. For its part, Barcelona take the lead, alongside Veszprem and Aalborg, d ‘Moreover, future opponent of Nantes in two weeks, with three victories in as many matches already played.

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