FC Barcelona rehabilitated
The feeling is distant for the giants of Bayern
FC Bayern basketball team celebrates surprise victory against FC Barcelona in the Euroleague quarter-finals. But the big favorite quickly recovered. Now the feeling is far away again.
FC Bayern Munich basketball players face death in the Euroleague playoff quarter-finals. The Bundesliga club have lost their third of five possible games in Monaco against FC Barcelona 66:75 (31:49) and are 1: 2 behind in the best-of-five series. With a loss on Friday (20:45 / Magentasport) in their fourth match also in Munich, FC Bayern would be eliminated. If they succeed, there will be a decision in Barcelona.
The Euroleague title favorite from Spain showed marked improvement in form from the start following a surprising home defeat in the second game. Despite the home advantage, Bayern failed to keep up with the star ensemble, unlike their two appearances in Barcelona. Led by former NBA pro Nikola Mirotic, the guests were already ahead by 26:17 after ten minutes. In the interval, the Catalans had even increased their lead to 18 points.
Bayern were much more attentive in the third quarter and were able to make the game more than balanced. After 30 minutes, the team of coach Andrea Trinchieri reduced the gap to ten points (49:59), also thanks to the infallible Vladimir Lucic and a strong defense. With a quick 8: 2, however, Barcelona decided the match early in the fourth round and made a perfect 2: 1 lead in the series.
Bayern’s top scorer was Lucic with 17 points, while Deshaun Thomas, who excelled in game two with 25 points, had only four points. For FC Barcelona, the outstanding Mirotic scored the best with 25 points.