Spain has two clubs in the Champions League this season. Barceloneta is atop Group A, ahead of Pro Recco and Olympiacos, and it will most likely stay there until the end of the Preliminary Stage. Sabadell is at the bottom of Group B with slim chances of reaching the F8.
But, the results in Europe don’t mirror the situation in the Spanish League.
Sabadell beat Barceloneta for the second time this season. Sabadell recorded a 10:8 win in the postponed derby of the 15th round and increased the lead ahead of its archrival to six points (two wins). Five months ago, Sabadell became the first club to beat Barceloneta in the Spanish League after more than five years (recording an 11:8 away win). And the second victory over the title holder has almost guaranteed Sabadell a top position in the playoffs.There are four rounds until the end of the regular season, and Sabadell, which has a perfect record, almost cemented 1st place.
2022/23 Spanish League, Day 15, postponed game
Sabadell – Barceloneta 10:8 (1:1, 1:3, 4:3, 4:1)
Sabadell: Averka 3, Cabanas 2, Valera 2,Sanahuja 1, Teclas 1, J.J. Bustos 1.
Barceloneta: Tahull 3, Paul 1, Munarriz 1, Pavillard 1, Perrone 1, A. Bustos 1.
Barceloneta dictated the pace throughout the match, but Sabadell made a comeback in the last four minutes.
The hosts scored the first goal in the match. Averka converted a man-up in the sixth minute. Barceloneta got on the scoreboard only 18 seconds before the first break when Tahull leveled at 1:1. But, the visitors took control in the second quarter. Barceloneta built a 4:1 lead by the middle of this period. At the finish of the first half, Fran Valera ended Sabadell’s goalless phase that lasted ten minutes (2:4).
Pavillard opened the second half with a power-play goal, and Barceloneta regained a 3-goal lead (5:2). Sabadell narrowed the difference step-by-step. The home side trailed by a goal (6:7) before the final quarter.
At the beginning of the fourth period, Marcel Teclas equalized (7:7). Roger Tahull replied shortly after and the visitors went in front again (8:7). However, Sabadell kept Barceloneta goalless in the last five minutes, while it scored three unanswered goals. In the 30th minute, Jose Javier Bustos gave Sabadell a 9:8 lead. Barceloneta did everything to equalize and to prolong the match in the shootout but with no success. Sergi Cabanas killed the visitors’ last hope by scoring his 2nd goal with 23 seconds left on the clock for the final score – 10:8.
1.Sabadell 18 games – 18 wins
2. Barceloneta 18 – 16
3. Barcelona 18 – 13
4. Terrassa 18 – 12
5. Mataro 18 – 11
6. Tenerife 18 – 10
7. Mediterrani 18 – 8
8. Sant Andreu 18 – 7
9. Catalunya 18 – 5
10. Real 18 – 3
11. Caballa 17 – 2
12. Rubi 17 – 2