Barça crumbles Zenit (84-58)

BarcelonaNight of many emotions yesterday at the Palau. Barça beat Zenit Saint Petersburg (84-58) and remain one of the only two teams in the Euroleague that remains unbeaten after five games. Unlike what happened during the quarter-finals last season, the Barça team dominated the rhythm from the first minute of the match and set the guidelines for what happened on the floor. Nikola Mirotic, who scored 20 points in 15 minutes, was the top scorer for a Catalan team that made a comeback. Sertac Sanli reappeared after the injury scoring 11 points.

Barça’s defense disfigured a Russian rival who, without Shabazz Napier, did not have a good time at the Palau Blaugrana. After an even first quarter (20-19), the Catalan team took advantage of the first five minutes of the second period to open an important gap in the scoreboard. Zenit were only able to score two points in a period in which local income grew to 15 points (36-21). Accustomed to taking the tactical initiative of the matches, Xavi Pascual suffered to ensure that his team did not fall on the scoreboard, as the Barça difference rose to 19 points (42-23). The 12 balls lost in 20 minutes were a headache for the visiting team. At the break, 44-27.

Barça’s superiority was great and Zenit St. Petersburg did not feel strong enough to fight for the comeback. Eight consecutive points from Mirotic at the start of the third quarter served to sentence the match and turn the page. The final stretch was a party for Barça and a nightmare for their helpless rival.

Two necessary tributes

Barça paid tribute to the players and coaching staff of the 2010 Euroleague champions. Due to the covid-19, the club was unable to carry out this event during 2020, when a decade of Paris’s success . The Catalan organization will also hold an institutional event today to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Palau Blaugrana. The event will feature a broad sports and institutional representation, led by President Joan Laporta and several board members.


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