- Advertisement -

Solid Benfica defence hold Barcelona to scoreless draw at Camp Nou


BARCELONA, Nov 23 (Reuters) – Benfica held Barcelona to a scoreless draw within the Champions League at the Camp Nou on Tuesday night time, which means the second crew to qualify for the Round of 16 from Group E behind Bayern Munich will likely be determined within the last sport of the group stage.

Barca are two factors forward of Benfica with one sport nonetheless to play, however they face a frightening process within the final group once they journey to Germany to tackle Bayern, who’ve an ideal successful file thus far. Benfica, in the meantime, host winless Dinamo Kyiv at dwelling in Lisbon of their last sport.

Benfica’s supervisor had stated on Monday that “a draw would be worse for Barcelona” and he was true to his phrase. Benfica defended stoically, closing down assaults with a strong five-man line of defense, leaving Barcelona in command of the ball a lot of the time – however distant from their aim.

Register now for FREE limitless entry to reuters.com

For Barca, nonetheless, the match was one other disappointing wrestle, and so they now have simply two targets to their title in 5 video games within the group stage of the competitors.

Barca defender Ronald Araujo put it merely to reporters afterwards: “We had a great game, the attitude was good, we defended well – it was only the goal that was missing. We still have the last game. It’s complicated but not impossible against Bayern.”

Barcelona’s first problem of the day confirmed up hours earlier than the sport, when a storm hit the town, bringing heavy rain with it, however that did not delay 49,572 followers from making it to the Camp Nou.

While new supervisor Xavi appeared to have shortly fastened many points just like the crew’s depth, rhythm, ball management and collective effort, scoring stays an issue.

Barca had 61% of the ball however created just a few possibilities, together with a shot throughout aim from Yusuf Demir within the first half, a header from Frenkie de Jong after the break, and a volley from Araujo that went in solely to be disallowed as a result of he was in an offside place.

Benfica had their alternatives too, however Barca keeper Marc Andre ter Stegen stored out a header from Roman Yaremchuk, whereas Haris Seferovic failed to rating what regarded just like the winner when by way of on aim in a stoppage-time counterattack, infuriating his coach.

“In my 30 years as a coach, I have never seen a player miss an opportunity like this. Unfortunately, it happened to us,” Jorge Jesus informed reporters.

Register now for FREE limitless entry to reuters.com
Reporting by Fernando Kallas; Editing by Hugh Lawson

- Advertisement -

Soccer Football - Champions League - Group E - FC Barcelona v Benfica - Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain - November 23, 2021 FC Barcelona coach Xavi  talks to Benfica coach Jorge Jesus REUTERS/Nacho Doce

Soccer Football - Champions League - Group E - FC Barcelona v Benfica - Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain - November 23, 2021 Benfica's Gilberto shoots at goal REUTERS/Albert Gea

- Advertisement -