It was the 94th minute of this duel. Barcelona fiercely attacked almost the entire team and aimed to win the match of the fifth round of the Champions League with Benfica Lisbon. However, she had a counterattack by the team from Portugal. Two of the guest players turned out to be one defender of Barcelona. Then Haris Seferović showed off with a spectacular box.
“I haven’t seen anything like that in football”
The 29-year-old Swiss striker tried to lob the Stegena terrain. The Barcelona goalkeeper struck the ball, but Seferović again found himself with an empty goal in front of him. Reserve Eric Garcia tried to save the action, but he did not manage to intervene. The Benfica forward from eight meters did not even hit the goal.
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Jorge Jesus, the visiting coach, couldn’t believe his thoughts, but he couldn’t believe it. Immediately after this action, he knelt on the grass.
– I have been a coach for 30 years, but I have not seen anything like that in football. Unfortunately, now, in such an important game, something like that happened – said Jorge Jesus after the match. – It was practically the only mistake we made in defense. Despite this box, we deserved the victory – added Xavi, the Barcelona coach.
If Seferović had scored, Benfica would have been one step away from reaching the next stage of the Champions League. Currently, he has five points ahead of the last matchday and is placed third. He loses two points to Barcelona.
However, it is Benfica who has a better schedule, because on Wednesday, December 8, they will take up the last team of the table Dynamo Kiev (point), and Barcelona will face the five-wins FC Bayern Munich away.