A missed shot on goal from Alex Dujshebaev and Kielce’s dream was gone. More solid in the key moments of a breathtaking encounter, FC Barcelona won against the Poles (32-32, 5-3 on penalties) to win a second Champions League in a row, Sunday in Cologne.
For their third European final in a row, the Barcelonans had made the best start, under the impetus of a Dika Mem available but well marked by the opposing defense. Carried by an intractable Aleix Gomez in the exercise of the seven-meter throw, the Catalans returned to the locker room with a lead of one goal, thanks to a realization of the latter on the siren (14-13).
The second period started on the same basis as the first, with two hard defenses on the man, which notably led the Kielce players to attempt several long-range shots. If the Poles regained the advantage at the start of the second half and held it until five minutes from time, Barça and its French, including Melvyn Richardson, used their experience in money-time to pick up the score.
A crazy ending
At the start of the last minute, the partners of Ludovic Fabregas even led by one goal (28-27). But, when Talant Dujshebaev’s last timeout returned, the Habs forgot Artsem Karalek behind him, who was quick to equalize.
Reverse scenario during extra time, since Kielce was in the lead until Dika Mem allowed his team to come back to 32-32, 45 seconds from the end. It then seemed written that the identity of the winner of this 2022 edition would be decided on penalties. An exercise during which the Barcelonans had the strongest nerves, since they did not miss a single one, unlike their opponents and an unhappy Alex Dujshebaev.
Author of a marking error at the end of regulation time, Ludovic Fabregas did not miss the opportunity to redeem himself, by scoring his shot on goal to give victory to Barcelona.
Third title in the event for Ludovic Fabregas. He equals Nikola Karabatic and now only has Thierry Omeyer and Didier Dinart (4) ahead of him.
Antonio Carlos Ortega’s men have won the Champions League for the eleventh time in the club’s history, making them, even more, the most successful team in this competition.