Match Details

Goals

'5 Josep Romeu (3) - PC
'35 Lluís Mercadé (8) - FG
'37 David Alegre (10) - FG
'48 Lluís Mercadé (8) - FG
'51 Roc Oliva (11) - PC
'53 David Alegre (10) - FG

Cards

'36 Pere Arch
'52 Matias Rey
'60 Lluís Mercadé

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Match report

Real Club de Polo produced a perfect shoot-out series to advance to the FINAL4 for the first time since 2010 as they came back from 3-1 down to draw 3-3 in normal time.

Goalkeeper Mario Fernandez kept out all three of the shoot-outs he faced while Roc Oliva, David Alegre and Javier Cabot all scored theirs for a famous win.

Normal time was a slow burner in the first half as Polo missed the services of Xavi Lleonart to give them that creative spark. Egara took the lead in the ninth minute when Xavi Gispert showed some lovely skills to win a penalty corner which Josep Romeu whipped home down the glove side.

Gispert was against central to the second as he worked a crossing chance down the left wing. It should have been dealt with by Roc Oliva but it bounced up instead into the path of Lluis Mercade who volleyed home on the run for 2-0.

Polo got one back via David Alegre after Borja Llorens powered forward and delivered the ball into the circle.

Again, Egara came forward with Romeu breaking out of defence to get to the baseline where he got the ball through the defences of Mario Fernandez and Mercade was again in a position to profit, making it 3-1.

Polo were not giving up easily and they got another back via Roc Oliva from an elaborate penalty corner routine, sweeping in from the right side of the circle.

That was with nine minutes to go and just a couple of minutes later, Alegre equalised when he peeled away and, off his back foot, fired in a strong shot by Quico Cortes.

It earned Polo their playoff shot and ended a sequence of four exits at the KO8 stage in the last five years.

For Polo coach Carlos Garcia Cuenca, it means a FINAL4 place in what will be his last EHL of his seven-year tenure as coach as he steps down in the summer.

“It’s magic! For me, it’s amazing because we fought to be here. I think Polo has deserved to get to the FINAL4 in the last few years at least one time, maybe more. It’s difficult for a team from the Spanish league because the level is different to the big leagues.

“We believed all the time, all through the bad moments, believe, believe, believe and finally we are here.

“I don’t know how to describe my feelings other than I am just happy! It’s special for me in my last year; my players gave me all of their bodies and their souls. Happy for them, the club, everybody!”

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Line-up

Club Egara

1 Francisco Cortes
2 Ignacio Torredemer
3 Josep Romeu
4 Josep Farrés-Palet
6 Paul Buck
7 Pau Quemada
8 Lluís Mercadé
9 Miquel Espi
10 David Aura
11 Gerard Clapés
12 Marc Recasens
14 Xavier Aguilar
15 Pedro Sanroma
17 Josep Duran
18 Pere Arch
19 Josep Novell
20 Pol Torres
21 Vicenç Ruiz
22 Pere Divorra
23 Pol Gispert
24 Jordi Farrés
25 Joan Gali
26 Joan Torruella
27 Alex Broto
28 Marc Sanroma
29 Jaume Torras
30 Enric Bou
31 Nacho Mendez
32 Xavier Gispert

Real Club de Polo

Mario Fernandez 1
Javier Cabot 2
Borja Llorens 3
Pablo de Abadal 4
Guillermo Chaves 6
Alex Reyne 7
Alex Casasayas 9
David Alegre 10
Roc Oliva 11
Marc Reyne 12
Llorenç Piera 13
Javier Esteban 14
Pedro Giralt 15
Max Romagosa 16
Xavier Lleonart 17
Tomás Terradas 18
Lucas Baron 19
Javier Uriach 20
Matias Rey 22
Salvador Armenteras 23
Francisco Cavaller 24
Pablo Farre 25
Marcos Giralt 26
Guillermo Fortuño 27
Oscar Recasens 28
Luis Fortuny 29
Pedro Permanyer 30
Luis Calzado 31
Alfredo Baron 32