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Barcelona crowned Copa de España futsal champions

The Barcelona squad celebrate their cup win on the court at the Martín Carpena arena on Sunday.
The Barcelona squad celebrate their cup win on the court at the Martín Carpena arena on Sunday. / GERMÁN POZO
  • The Catalan side strengthened their dominance nationally with a second-half comeback in Sunday's final in Malaga

Spectators inside the packed-out Martín Carpena arena in Malaga on Sunday were treated to an exhibition of futsal which is sure to have converted a whole new legion of fans.

The final of the Copa de España, this year hosted in Malaga, may have gone the way of the form book but that doesn't tell the whole story. League winners for the last five years and cup holders Barcelona retained their crown but a lot of credit must go the way of the Viña Albali Valdepeñas side who mounted a comeback in the second half but fell just short.

Valdepeñas were the better side in the first half but went into the break just a goal ahead thanks to Chino who converted after Dani Santos cleverly allowed a freekick to run into his path.

However, in the second half, much like in their semifinal against El Pozo Murcia (4-3), Barcelona came back strong and scored three goals in the space of nine minutes (Adolfo, Aicardo and Boyis).

Chino cut the deficit in the 32nd minute (2-3) but Marcenio struck back almost immediately to restore Barça's advantage.

Chino completed his hat-trick in the last minute but that wasn't enough to put the Catalans' victory in jeopardy.

"Proud of our players" was the response from the Valdepeñas supporters in the arena. The side, from a town with a population of just 30,000 people, were promoted to the elite just two years ago and they now sit third in the table. Now they can add a Spanish Cup final to their list of extraordinary achievements.