Barcelona beat Óquei de Barcelos by 5-3, after extra time, and will face FC Porto, who knocked Benfica out in the game that opened Final 8, in the semi-finals of the Champions League.
Despite not having scored goals, the first half of the Iberian duel featured several opportunities, most of which were close to Conti Acevedo’s goal, which proved to be insurmountable.
Barcelona had the most flagrant occasions, with a ball on the iron, by Alabart, and a wasted penalty, by João Rodrigues, but also went through some moments of tightness caused by a feisty and audacious Óquei de Barcelos whenever he found a path to victory. goal defended by Sergi Fernández.
There, the Catalans managed to overcome Conti’s opposition in the 5th minute of the second half, in a well-designed counterattack between Pau Bargalló and Hélder Nunes, finished by the Spaniard.
However, in the immediate aftermath, the Minho team annulled the deficit with a goal by Alvarinho.
The Spanish champion didn’t acknowledge the touch and went ahead again a few minutes later, by the Portuguese João Rodrigues, with an excellent finish in the heart of the Barcelona area.
In a phase when Barça seemed more comfortable, Vieirinha pulled a rabbit out of his hat and restored equality with a shot from the middle of the ring.
In extra time, the Minho team found themselves at a disadvantage again, when João Rodrigues scored twice, at the start of the second half, but managed to annul it again, this time by Danilo Rampulla.
However, João Rodrigues scored again at the start of the last minute of extra time, deciding the match. Barça even made it 5-3, through Hélder Nunes, who shot into the empty goal when the Portuguese team was playing without the goalkeeper.
This Friday, the remaining two matches of the quarter-finals of the Champions League will be played. At 6 pm Trissino and Oliveirense face off, with the Portuguese duel between Sporting and Valongo starting at 9 pm.
Barcelona 5 – 3 Óquei de Barcelos (after extra time)
barcelona: Sergi Fernández, Ignacio Alabart, Hélder Nunes (1), Pau Bargalló (1) and João Rodrigues (3) – starting five – Carles Grau, Joan Pascual, Sergi Panadero, Marc Grau and Sergi Llorca
Trainer: Eduard Castro
Barcelos Ockey: Conti Acevedo, Danilo Rampulla (1), Luís Querido, Vieirinha (1) and Alvarinho (1) – starting five – Joka, Zé Pedro, André Centeno, Dario Giménez and Miguel Rocha
Trainer: Paulo Freitas
Local: Municipal Pavilion José Natário, in Viana do Castelo
Referees: Claudio Ferraro and Marco Rondina (Italy)
At break: 0-0