GROUP A MATCH REVIEW: It was the first CL tie for the French side in the XXL Arena but it didn't affect them as an amazing performance for Dumoulin in goal inspired a huge win for HBC
Nantes take MOTW against Barcelona
Playing a VELUX EHF Champions League match for the first time in the XXL Arena, Nantes beat FC Barcelona Lassa (29:25) in Round 10 Match of the Week.
In Nantes' goal, Cyril Dumoulin was slowly warming up and a series of saves helped his team-mates create the first gap of the evening, as the home team pushed forward.
A 4:0 run later, Nantes were four goals ahead, forcing Xavi Pascual, Barcelona coach, to take a timeout.
Not scoring any goals for twelve minutes, the Spanish side saw Nantes, once again, fly away. Fast breaks by Julian Emonet, line players shots by Nicolas Tournat, Nantes went back to the dressing room with a five-goal advantage, 16:11.
Another Barcelona turnover gave Rudolf Faluvegi the opportunity to give Nantes a seven-goal lead, and the Hungarian didn't miss it (19:12).
Even when they were struggling offensively, they managed to score one or two goals, enough to keep the advantage. Romain Lagarde was particularly important when his nine-meter goal, eight minutes from the end, gave Nantes a four-goal advantage eight minutes from the final siren - one that would remain until the last second of the game.
Thierry Anti (HBC Nantes): "It was important to play with high intensity from the beginning against a team such like Barcelona.
"We made a lot of changes really quickly to maintain this rhythm and tire them out.
"Our fans were fantastic, just like Rock Feliho and his defense. I am really pleased tonight."
"Good for us that there is a Champions League break until February so we can go on working."
TEXT: Kevin Domas / bc
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