Group D: Zodiac CNA Barceloneta (ESP) v Spandau 04 Berlin GER) 16-6
The slightly reshaped Spanish champion switched to a rumbling mood right at the beginning and stormed to a 4-0 lead, Spandau could open its account only after six and a half minutes. They added another one for 4-2 early in the second, only to concede a flurry of goals in the following phase. Two from action came in 51 seconds, then Felipe Perrone delivered his trademark counter-attack goal for a 7-2 halftime lead.
The third period was even more devastating, Barceloneta went on scoring five more, all from the action – they didn’t even need extras, while denied three German 6 on 5 and led 12-2 before the last break. When Spandau could score next, it was already in the fourth period to halt Barceloneta’s run at 9-0 and it came exactly after 15 minutes. To have a better-looking scoreline, they could add three connecting goals after 15-3, still, the difference was sky and earth between the two sides.
How the coaches saw it
Elvis Fatovic, coach, Barceloneta
“The most important is the win. It was not as easy – Spandau changed a lot of players, so we couldn’t analyse them much and what we had wasn’t relevant as now they missed a couple of injured players. So we based our tactics on our performance and I should say that our defence was really good, apart from the last four minutes. There the level was dropped, but that’s somewhat understandable. And we have to improve our extra.”
Athanasios Kechagias, coach, Spandau
“First of all, congratulations to Barceloneta, they were much better, they had a better pace during the whole game. We should see what we could learn from this match, what we can improve, one thing I already saw is that we have to work a lot on our man-down.”