Pau Bargalló and Carles Grau put Spain in a new final

Spain has defeated Italy 5-4 after a very suffered game in which Guillem Cabestany’s men were almost always below. Pau Bargalló’s three goalswho pulled gallons when his team needed it most, and the saves by Carles Grau in the penalty shootout they were decisive to continue with the dream of revalidating the title in front of the Spanish fans.

After the kick-off made by Alejandro Blanco, president of the Spanish Olympic Committee (COE), Spain began the match determined to dominate the game from the start, aware that Italy is a very capable team. And so he did. The national team was the one that proposed the game and the one that found the path to the rival goal the easiest, but did not find the reward of the goal. The Italian goalkeeper, Riccard Gnata, was in charge of disrupting all the attacking plays of the team coached by Guillem Cabestany. And when the Selection pressed the most, the goal from Italy came.

In a loss of Spain, Andrea Malagoli recovered the ball and did not fail in the one-on-one match against Carles Grau (0-1) inaugurating, in this way, the marker. However, the joy did not last in the transalpine team since seconds later Pau Bargalló took advantage of a direct free kick to equalize the electronic (1-1). From this moment, the meeting lost the dynamism that characterized, until then, the first part.

In this phase of the match that is more locked, the Italians got the Spanish to stop proposing a game and the contest was equalized. From this moment on, it was the transalpines who took the lead. Italy scored on the edge of the break with a long shot, through Giulio Cocco, the 1-2 with which the break was reached.

After leaving the locker room, the dynamics in the match did not change. Italy continued to play its game and Spain adapted to it, waiting behind but without suffering the attacks of the transalpine team. However, the National Team continued to gain experience and kept trying but, as in the first part, they found Riccardo Gnata who was in charge of stopping each rival attack.

The last ten minutes of the second half were the most exciting of the entire match. Spain managed to tie through Sergi Aragonés who managed to pass his pair and scored thanks to a shot close to the post (2-2). Italy took the lead again in a counterattack similar to that of the first half, but Pau Bargalló turned the score around in just one minute (4-3) getting the first advantage for Spain in the match. However, in the last minute of the game Italy tied the game (4-4) and sent the game to extra time.

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The extra time did not have much history as both teams dedicated themselves to waiting for the penalties that would define the pass to the final. Over there, Carles Grau became a giant and saved the three penalties that the Italians took. Carballeira, Aragonés and Barroso did not miss the opportunity and converted their own giving the national team a pass to the final.

Spain will play against Portugal in the final of the European Roller Hockey (Saturday, July 22 at 9:45 p.m. on Teledeporte) in a constant fight between the two teams to show who is the great dominator. In this same championship they already faced each other in the group stage and signed a 3-3 result.

Data sheet

Spain (5): Carles Grau (P), Pau Bargalló (C), César Carballeira, Martí Casas and Nil Roca – starting five – Candid Ballart (P), Marc Grau, Marc Julià, Xavier Barroso and Sergi Aragonés.

Italy (4): Riccardo Gnata (P), Giulio Cocco (C), Davide Gavioli, Andrea Malagoli and Francesco Compagno – starting five – Stefano Zampoli (P), Morgan Antonioni, Alessandro Faccin, Elia Cinquini and Nicolas Barbieri.

Goals: 0-1 Andrea Malagoli min. fifteen; 1-1 Pau Bargalló min. fifteen; 1-2 Giulio Cocco min. twenty; 2-2 Sergi Aragonés min. 40; 2-3 Andrea Malagoli min. 44; 3-3 Pau Bargalló min. 44; 4-3 Pau Bargalló min. 45 and 4-4 Andrea Malagoli min. fifty.

Referees: Pedro Figueiredo (Por) and Loic Le Menn (Fra). They gave César Carballeira a blue card for Spain and Alessandro Faccin for Italy.

Incidents: Semifinal match of the European Roller Hockey Championship held at the Pavelló Olímpic Ateneu in Sant Sadurní d’Anoia, Barcelona.

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