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Barakaldo is playing for promotion to the First Federation in an epic final

Barakaldo maintains an outstanding series of more than 40 official matches without being defeated.

Jesus Carames

June 1, 2024 | 8:00 a.m.

Barakaldo faces its key moment: the final of the playoff for promotion to the First Federation. After years of difficulties, the club seeks a triumphant return

This Saturday at 18:30 p.m. in Lasesarre, Barakaldo will play the most important match in its recent history. After a brilliant season, the team led by Imanol de la Sota seeks to overcome the 3-1 loss suffered against Orihuela in the first leg, to achieve the long-awaited promotion to the First Federation. This achievement would be especially significant for a fan base that has seen his team emerge from a financial crisis that nearly led to the club's dissolution just three years ago.

The comeback, a possible challenge

Barakaldo needs to win by two goals to secure promotion, after a defeat at the worst possible moment. The first leg in Los Arcos was a hard blow, with Orihuela far surpassing the Gualdinegros. However, Imanol de la Sota's team has shown throughout the season that it has the ability to rise in the face of adversity. To achieve the comeback, they will have to avoid defensive errors and be more effective in attack.

Orihuela showed their strength in the first leg, scoring on three clear occasions. Those from Barakaldo will have to offer their best version if they want to overcome a rival who has been relentless. The third goal conceded in the first leg, just a minute after Buján closed the gap, was decisive. Now, Barakaldo must demonstrate its character and strength to reverse the situation.

Unconditional support of the fans

The atmosphere in Lasesarre will be crucial, with more than 6.000 tickets sold and the presence of about 400 Orihuela fans. The Barakaldo fans have responded massively, showing their unconditional support for the team. During the last open-door training session, numerous fans came to cheer on the players and warm up the atmosphere prior to the decisive match.

Orihuela will also have the support of its fans, having chartered three buses and with many fans traveling in private cars. The stadium is expected to be full, creating an electric atmosphere that could work in favor of the home team.

A day full of events

Saturday's day will be full of activities for fans, starting with a pintxopote in Zaballa and culminating with the game in Lasesarre. Starting at 13:30 p.m., both fans will be able to mingle at the pintxopote, followed by the reception of the team bus with a bengaleo and a kalejira to the stadium. There will be food trucks and a stage with a DJ to entertain before the meeting.

This match will also mark the last match as a gualdinegro for captain Aimar Sagastibeltza, who leaves the club after two seasons. At almost 40 years old, Sagastibeltza has been a fundamental pillar for the team and his farewell will add an additional emotional charge to the event.

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