FC Barcelone 0-0 SL Benfica
Barça still has a lot of work to do.
While they had the opportunity to qualify in case of victory on Tuesday, Xavi’s men conceded a draw against Benfica at Camp Nou (0-0). Despite the flood, Barça was quick to set foot on the ball. If the Catalans have long kept the leather in the first twenty minutes (70% possession), the opportunities were long overdue. As Jordi Alba warmed up Vlachodímos’ gloves, Demir shook the bar of the Benfica doorman, trying to find the scope of a delicious coiled strike. In the hard at the start of the match, the Portuguese gradually got their heads out of the water and could also have opened the scoring. Yaremchuk made Ter Stegen shine on his line, while Otamendi celebrated a bit too quickly for his cannon shot under the Catalan goalkeeper bar as the ball went out of the field on Everton’s corner.
A little less well physically after the locker room, the Blaugrana regained color when Ousmane Dembélé entered. The one who has only 25 minutes in the legs since the start of the 2021-2022 cuvée did not hang around to show his fiery legs and offer a caviar to Frenkie De Jong, who saw his head turned away above of the helm by the firm hand of Vlachodímos. Despite the arrival of twirling Darwin Núñez, who scored twice in the first leg, Benfica suffered the attack-defense imposed by Barça, but conceded few chances. However, one of them could have been fatal, as Jordi Alba managed to find the flat of Araújo’s foot, scorer and then signaled out of play. On the other side, Haris Seferović could have been the hero of the match , but the Swiss improbably missed the knockout ball when he was alone on goal.
Something else will have to be shown if Xavi is to avoid another spanking against Bayern in two weeks.
FC Barcelona (4-3-3): Ter Stegen – Araújo (Garcia, 85e), Pique, Lenglet (Dest, 85e), Alba – Busquets, De Jong, N. Gonzalez – Gavi, Depay, Demir (Dembélé, 66e). Coach: Xavi.
SL Benfica (3-4-2-1): Vlachodímos – Lucas Verissimo, Vertonghen, Otamendi – Gilberto, Weigl, Mario (Taarabt, 59e), Grimaldo (Seferović, 80e) – Rafa Silva (Lazaro, 70e), Yaremchuk (Núñez, 59)e), Everton (Pizzi, 70e). Coach: Jorge Jesus.