Barcelona failed to beat Benfica and complicated their situation in the Champions League group. There was a goalless draw in the match played at Camp Nou.
“Barca” started the game well. In the 8th minute, Yusuf Demir gave a good chance to score with a precise shot. Odysseas Vlachodimos struggled to parry the ball to a corner. In the first quarter of an hour, Ronald Araujo and Memphis Depay also tried, but their shots did not fly into the goal.
After Barcelona’s initial onslaught, Benfica responded. In the 33rd minute Marc-Andre ter Stegen saved a dangerous shot by Roman Yaremchuk.
Several dozen seconds later, Nicolas Otamendi shot a great shot, after which the ball bounced off the crossbar and fell into Barcelona’s goal. However, the goal was not recognized, because at an earlier stage of the action the ball was the end line.
Before the break, Demir fired a great shot with his left foot. The Austrian missed a bit because the ball bounced off the crossbar.
In the 58th minute, Memphis Depay made Andre Almeida in the penalty area, but another Benfica defender caught up with the Dutchman and took the ball away. Xavi Hernandez had to react. In the 66th minute, Ousmane Dembele appeared on the pitch, for whom it was only his second appearance this season.
Right after the entry, the French passed his rival on the wing, threw the ball to Frenki de Jong, but the Benfica goalkeeper brilliantly intervened after the shot by Ajax. In the 72nd minute, Benfica had a chance for a successful counterattack. Ronald Araujo successfully held back Darwin Nunez.
In the 83rd minute, Camp Nou went mad when Araujo tucked the ball into the goal. However, the Uruguayan goal was not considered offside.
Haris Seferović should be in the net in stoppage time. The striker passed the Barcelona goalkeeper before missing an empty goal.
Eventually the match ended in a goalless draw. This means that Barcelona are currently TWO points ahead of Benfica in the Group E table. With the same number of points, the Lisbon team will advance due to a better balance in head-to-head matches. In the last round, “Eagles” will take on Dynamo Kiev. “Barca” will play against Bayern Munich, who is already guaranteed promotion from the first place.
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Nov 23, 2021 | 21:00