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NFL Europe Recap (Amsterdam-Barcelona)
Posted: Sat April 17, 1999 at 9:33 p.m. EDTBARCELONA 28, AMSTERDAM 16
BARCELONA, Spain (Ticker) -- Linebacker Mike Maslowski had three interceptions, returning one for a touchdown, and Lawrence Phillips rushed for 162 yards and a score as the Barcelona Dragons topped the Amsterdam Admirals, 28-16, in the season opener for both teams. After a tight first half dominated by the defenses, the Dragons blew open the game with four second-half touchdowns, including two by tight end Scott Dragos. Both sides struggled offensively early, with the big plays coming on the defensive side. Early in the second quarter, Phillips, a former first-round NFL draft pick, lost three yards from the Admirals' 1-yard line and Barcelona missed a chance to take the lead when former Spanish soccer star Jesus Angoy missed a short field goal. Another former soccer player, Dutchman Silvio Diliberto, broke the deadlock with 3:18 left before halftime when he kicked a 20-yard field goal to become the leading scorer in Admirals history. The score was set up by cornerback Dexter Seigler's interception of Todd Bouman, allocated by the Minnesota Vikings. The Dragons came to life with two touchdowns late in the third quarter. Dragos, allocated by the New York Giants, caught a 14-yard TD toss from Bouman. Maslowski picked off Stan Gonzalez and ran 30 yards for a score that made it 14-3. Maslowski intercepted another pass after Gonzalez marched the Admirals to the Barcelona 8. Gonzalez eventually hooked up with Miami Dolphins teammate Todd Doxzon for a 74-yard score but Barcelona responded as Bouman connected with Dragos again for a 10-yard TD. Phillips sealed the victory with a 54-yard scoring dash, extending the Dragons' lead to 28-10. Amsterdam closed the scoring with 1:43 left on a 29-yard pass from Gonzalez to Dutch receiver Frank Temming.
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