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A brilliant performance is not rewarded with goals and everything now hangs on events on December 8

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Try as they could, FC Barcelona were unable to turn their superiority into goals on Tuesday night. The game with Benfica ended in a 0-0 draw and it means that although Barça’s destiny is still in their own hands, that will mean winning at the home of Bayern Munich on the final day.

But always assuming that Benfica beat Dynamo Kyiv, that is the only option if Xavi Hernández’s side are to progress to the last sixteen.

It was a tremendous performance from the team. There are absolutely no questions to be asked in that respect, but once again the problem was turning dominance and chances into goals.

The weather was damp but the action most certainly wasn’t. As against Espanyol, it was an all-out start from Barça. The first half-hour or so was a constant onslaught on the Benfica goal, the best of the many chances falling to Nico, who missed the target, and Jordi Alba, brilliantly saved by Odisseas Vlachodimos.

Other than the lack of goals, it had been a joy to watch. But although the visitors were kept in total check early on, they soon started finding a way through of their own. Roman Yaremchuk looked to have scored with a brilliant diving heading but Ter Stegen was perfectly positioned, and then Nicolás Otamendi scored a screamer from outside the area but the goal was invalidated because the ball had gone out of play.

Those were a couple of lifelines for Barça in a game that was turning into an end-to-end classic – Yusuf Demir’s curled beauty onto the woodwork concluding the drama of an entertaining but goalless first half.

If one man had stood head and shoulders above anyone else in this game, that man was Ronald Araujo. It was an impeccable performance from the Uruguayan in every facet of his game.

And Ousmane Dembélé was a lot of fun from the moment he came on as a sub. The Frenchman’s skill and speed made an immediate impact, frequently getting the ball where it mattered, including Frenkie de Jong’s header that would have been a goal had the keeper not got a hand to it first.

The legs were starting to go on both sides as the second half progressed, but it was very much the blaugrana jerseys that were in control. Almost all the football was being played in Benfica’s half, partly because of Barça’s superiority in the possession game and partly because the Portuguese seemed happier than the Catalans with the scoreline as it was.

Barça were doing everything right, but so was the Benfica defence and even when Araujo did cap his brilliant performance with a goal, the offside flag was raised.

Going into the final minutes, the Camp Nou was electric as Barça surged and surged forwards in search of a goal that would send them into the knockout stages regardless of what happens in December. But the blaugrana attacking was matched in intensity by Benfica’s defending, and the clock kept ticking and ticking down…

Dembélé was through time and time again. Gerard Piqué almost had it from a corner… Come on Barça!

And then, right at the very end, Benfica broke on the counter. Two against one… Haris Seferovic put through against Ter Stegen. He had to score…

Barça were going out of the Champions League…

And he missed!!! Barça were still alive…

It probably means winning at the Allianz Arena, and that’s not a place where the Catalans have the best of track records. Difficult, by no means impossible, and of course Bayern have already qualified and have nothing to play for. That can only work in Barça’s favour.

There’s plenty of life left in this Champions League campaign… Força Barça!

Highlights: Barcelona 0

In an even match that ended with many emotions from both teams, the goal was absent and left the definition of the second classified of the group for the last date, with a more complicated panorama for the Catalan team.

Highlights: Barcelona 0

Xavi – Barcelona Coach

“I visualize a victory, why would I think otherwise? I’m preparing for that, for them to be well and to see that it’s a chance to get us into the round of 16. I’m positive and I see it as an opportunity. I visualize myself winning, scoring goals? Nobody is going to take that illusion away from me. I would like a great game from the team, of course, but we are not in a position to give anything away. Anything that means three points… But the most important thing is how. The objective is to win, but we understand that it is the result of the game. Anything that means winning will be welcome, but the way things are done, too”.

Jorge Jesus – Benfica Coach

“Barcelona changed coaches and I expect a different team in terms of system. Xavi trained at home. They usually play with a 4-3-3 and now the wind may be more favorable in the atmosphere due to the change of coach. Barça will have more confidence. But, with Xavi or Koeman, Barça will always be a great team and with players who can unbalance at any time. The atmosphere will be good for Barça, but we also like to play in a stadium like the Camp Nou.

Barcelona vs. Benfica

Get a report of the Barcelona vs. Benfica 2021-22 UEFA Champions League, Group Stage football match.

Barcelona vs. Benfica

Barcelona and Benfica played out a thrilling goalless draw in the Champions League in Xavi Hernandez’s second match in charge on a rainy night at the Camp Nou.

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The match was Xavi’s first in charge of a Champions League match for Barca after leading the team to a 1-0 win against Espanyol in his LaLiga opener since taking the reins for the Catalans.

The result leaves Barca still not assured of a spot in the knockout rounds of the Champions League pending results from the final matchday when they face Bayern Munich away in Group E.

Barcelona had the better of the play in the first half — executing crisp passing in the final third and hitting on the counter when the chance arose — but the end product was missing.

Benfica’s Roman Yaremchuk had a close-range header turned away by Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Yusuf Demir hit the post with a lovely curling shot soon after as the opening 45 minutes ended scoreless.

Benfica’s Nicolas Otamendi intervened with a sliding tackle just before the hour mark to deny Memphis Depay an excellent goalscoring chance from close range as the score stayed 0-0.

Ronald Araújo looked to have scored a classy winner shortly before the end of the match, but the goal was ruled out for offside and both teams settled for a point on the night.

Barca are two points ahead of Benfica with one game still to play, but they face a daunting task in the last group when they travel to Germany to take on Bayern, who have a perfect winning record so far. Benfica, meanwhile, host winless Dinamo Kiev at home in Lisbon in their final game.

While new manager Xavi appeared to have quickly fixed many issues like the team’s intensity, rhythm, ball control and collective effort, scoring remains a problem.

Barca had 61% of the ball but created only a few chances, including a shot across goal from Demir in the first half, a header from Frenkie de Jong after the break, and a volley from Araujo that went in only to be disallowed because he was in an offside position.

Haris Seferovic failed to score what looked like the winner on one of the last kicks of the game when through on goal in a stoppage-time counter-attack, leaving his coach infuriated.

“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 told reporters.

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Out possessed but not out classed

Benfica spent a great deal of time without the ball in their Tuesday night match against Barcelona, but when they did have the ball they most definitely made effective use of it on the counter.

Indeed, it was only  Marc-Andre ter Stegens’ reflex save that kept out Roman Yaremchuk’s point-blank header. Benfica who are chasing a first group stage qualification since 2016/17, will feel unlucky that they could not achieve more than a draw, on the other hand they will face a Dynamo Kiev side in their last group game that they should be favored to beat.

It’s a process.

While the Catalans will undoubtedly come away frustrated, there are some positives that they can consider. The youth of the team, namely Gavi – who continues to impress – along with Nico and Demir all have very bright futures. The technique, maturity and fight that each showed cause Benfica problems all night.

In other areas of the field such as the defense, it was Araujo who showed why he is quickly becoming a fan favorite with his tireless work rate as well as attacking ability when he finds himself forward.

Then of course there was Dembele who has fought a long battle against nagging injuries to get back to match fitness. His introduction was like an electric shock as he danced and teased the Portuguese defense. The ease with which he created space for himself was noteworthy but his end product will have to be improved if he is finally to assume the role expected of his talents.

The one that could have been

Benfica players and fans alike will be wondering how the ball didn’t go in. Haris Seferovic is the only one who will have the answer.

A Game without goals, but full of action!

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It was an intense yet relatively clean affair between two teams that played to their strengths.  The Catalans came into the game with club legend Xavi Hernandez in only his second game as head coach. While one could argue that the players were trying to adjust, quite the opposite could be argued as well, in that there was an urgency and precision in their play that has been missing in recent weeks.

Benfica for their part stuck to their game plan which was clearly to look for the counter. They will feel aggrieved to have not got on the scoresheet late in stoppage time when Haris Seferovic carved out a shot for himself after a brilliant solo run, only to see it go wide. With that result the Portuguese outfit will leapfrog Barcelona to take 2nd place in the group. If Barcelona are to advance they will now have to take 3 points when they travel to Germancy to face Bayern Munich. That is of course a fixturethat has not gone well for the Catalans in recent times.

And it’s all over! 0-0 is the final score between Barcelona and Benfica in this UEFA Champions League match!

Sergio Busquets is carded for putting his hand in the face of his opponent.

In an incredible moment Benfica found themselves 2 on 1 against Ter Stegen but somehow contrived to miss.

Benfica get to the by line and force a cross but Stegen takes it easily. The ball is immediately played to Dembele but his cross is cleared.

Benfica’s keeper receives a card for time wasting. Off we go again.

Otamendi makes a game saving tackle on Dembele who was played in 1 on 1 after a fantastic pass from Busquets!

We are in the 90th minute and the score stands at 0-0 between Barcelona and Benfica. There will be 4 minutes of stoppage time!

Benfica are taking their time but their keeper will restart.

A heavy foul by Gavi in the box. With a minute left this isn’t ideal for the Catalans.

Dembele cuts through 3 defenders but pushes the ball too long and it runs out of play. Goal kick to Benfica.

Barca are pushing for the result now!

Barca bring Dest on for Lenglet and Eric Garcia on for injured Araujo

Depay is played into space but halted by the defense. Dembele picks up the deflection but sees his shot sail into the stands.

Araujo seems injured for his troubles and is currently off the field receiving attention. Barca continue.

In what the whole stadium was a great goal from Araujo, it was not meant to be. after a great cross the defender guided the ball into the net like a forward, but illegally so.

Dembele goes on another crazy run! Crossing the ball into the box but nobody is able to get onto the end of it.

We have crossed the 80th minute mark. Barcelona will be looking to go all out at this point as their chances of taking control of their own fate slip away.

Grimaldo goes off for Seferovic as Benfica makes a change.

After a period of highly technical possession Barca finally give the ball up after Jordi Alba’s dinked pass to Gavi is called offside.

Barca build from the back and once again play with Dembele who goes to Depay. The ball is worked back and they try again. Dembele tries to play in De Jong but the pass is just to long.

Benfica regain possession and put the ball out. Vertonghen is on his feet and we begin again.

De Jong drives through the midfield and plays to the right side where Dembele awaits. Barca work the ball around to the left. They are probing now.

Sensational pass by Dembele into the box for Jordi Alba but the wing back is just unable to bring the ball down.

Barcelona regain possession after good build up play by Benfica is halted in midfield. Ter Stegen collects an begins again.

The fans in the Camp Nou are making themselves heard. Their team needs to win.

Dembele once again with technique on the right side but his cross is too deep!

Dembele again the protagonist with a lovely cross but it’s cleared by the defense for a corner. His impact has been instantaneous!

Dembele dances and teases the right side of defense and his cross is met by Pique with a brilliant header which in turn is brilliantly saved!

Dembele enters for Demir

Barca are playing on the right side and Nnico is able to play Demir into space but he is bundled over. There is a hint of a foul but the referee is having none of it. Darwin Nunes is set in motion for the counter and makes it into the box, but in the end elects to shoot wildly and doesn’t trouble the keeper.

Dembele time

Dembele is preparing to come on!

Barca are in full flight now but there is miscommunication and Depay passes the ball out of play.

Barca regain possession and play around the back of the defense. Gavi is set through down the wing but his halted. Benfica break down the wing but Nunes’ cross is too deep.

Benfica though they have lacked possession, are growing in confidence and are starting to do well.

We now have just half hour left. Barcelona will know that a win is a must here unless they want to go to Germany to look for three points. They have not done well in recent times when visiting Munich.

Benfica will replace Roman Yaremchuk with Darwin Nunes

The corner is too long and Benfica have a goal kick.

Depay is play through and cuts back on his marker only to meet Otamendi who defends brilliantly to stamp out the danger. A corner to Barcelona.

Gavi is all over the pitch as he defends well and wins Barca a throw.

Lenglet is forcd into booting the ball out. Benfica with the throw. They attempt to build.

Gavin fires a pass into space for Memphis Depay but it is too long and the break comes to an end.

A heavy foul from Jordi Alba on Gilberto

A fantastic dinked pass to Gavi into the box who tries to fire the ball across the goal, but he is called for offside.

Barca regain possession and try a long ball to the left corner but Nico is unable to get onto the end of it. Benfica start their counter which is put down by clever defending from Pique.

Barcelona regain possession and again Gavi shows his class but is crowded out in the end.

Benfica win the ball and appear to be trying a more patient approach to things as they build from the back.

Pique receives the first card of the game for pulling his opponents jersey. He knew he was in trouble the moment he did.

Gavi shows unreal technique to wriggle out from between 3 defenders but his pass is cut out.

Nico is dispossessed by Joao Mario who in turn is stopped by Araujo

A throw in to Barca and a foul is committed by Gilberto on Gavi.

And off we go again! Barca begin with the ball and play all the way back to Ter Stegen.

Their ready!

The players are in the tunnel and they are ready to head out onto the field. We’re all set! If you’re just joining us, welcome to the live text coverage here on AS USA as we bring you play by play action in this UEFA Champions League match between Barcelona and Benfica!

We’re almost ready for round 2

It’s half time here in Camp Nou as we await the start of the second half in this UEFA Champions League clash between Barcelona and Benfica. The score stands at 0-0

Benfica are playing for the counter

As much as Benfica have been out possessed, they have not lost shape nor discipline. Indeed the Portuguese have been unlucky not to find the back of the net in a moments of danger.

Barca have dominated

The Catalan kings have displayed a certain intensity that has been missing lately. Though the team is young, they make up for it in desire and technique. That being the case, Barca are yet to score and that will be of concern to Xavi and his squad.

What a chance by Demir!

in perhaps the best moment of the half, the young starlet was very unfortunate to not bag his first Champions League goal.

And the first half is over! If you’re just joining us, welcome to live text coverage of this UEFA Champions League match here on AS USA. It’s Barcelona vs Benfica coming to you from the Camp Nou in Barcelona on a very wet night. The score is currently tied at 0-0 as we await the second half!

Benfica will want to regroup if they are to get anything from this game. For the moment they are being overawed by the Blaugrana.

Demir is played through on the right side and slows to a trot. After positioning himself on the right side of the box, the youngster lets fly a curling shot only to see it come off the post. The Camp Nou crowd can only shout in disappointment.

We are approaching half time and we are yet to see a goal in this UEFA Champions League match between Barcelona and Benfica. With the score at 0-0 on this wet night here in the Camp Nou it seems we will have to wait for the second half for goals.

Ronald Araujo manages to escape down the right side but his cross is intercepted by Odysseas Vlachodimos and the move breaks down.

A quickly taken Barcelona free kick almost creates a problem for Benfica’s keeper but in the end he is able to collect the ball at Depay’s feet.

Nico’s attempted through ball with the outside of his boot is classy but too long.

Vlachodimos plays long, so much so that the ball makes its way to Ter Stegen.

Barca were somewhat shaken by the ‘almost goal’ of Benfica but for the moment they seem to have regained their composure. Benfica for their part have stayed compact as they play the ball out for a Barca throw.

Benfica win a corner from which they have a great chance stopped brilliantly by Ter Stegen.

Benfica’s free kick was judged offside but the Barca defense will ask questions as Everton found himself completely unmarked only to fire over the bars.

Lenglet commits a heavy foul in front of the Barca area and is lucky to escape the referee’s book.

Barca play the ball back into their own half and begin to construct once again.

Benfica with a rare moment in attack  but Gilberto is unable to complete the through ball.

Jordi Alba again in space but this time he is judged to be offside.

Perhaps the best chance of the game so far! Nico played Jordi Alba in from the left side. The wing back, however, fired his shot directly at the keeper.

A deft flick to Gavi in the box is judged just offiside, but the young Spanish star fired over the bar regardless.

Odisseas Vlachodimos in goal for Benfica restarts the play with a goal kick after a Barca cross goes to deep.

A free kick to Barca with Jordi Alba to take. Benfica’s keeper is able to clear his lines but Barca will have a throw.

Demir attempts to dribble past the defender from the right side of the box but is halted and the ball is cleared.

Jordi Alba is called for an unnecessary foul on his opponent.

Memphis Depay (Barcelona) slips through the defense and glides around the goalkeeper as well, but in the end chooses to pass the ball accross the goal to Yusuf Demir only to see it cut out by the defense.

Depay has a shot from distance but it is well over the bars.

Gavi introduces himself to his adversary with good defensive work and a heavy but fair tackle on the left side of the field.

Nico robs the ball in midfield again! Having started the counter he finds Araujo on the right side but the defender fires high and wide.

Barca are forced to play back to Ter Stegen who plays long. Benfica regain possession.

Benfica seem disjointed for the moment in possession. Barcelona have them boxed into their own half.

Nico is again the protagonist as he continues to marshal the midfield alongside veteran Sergio Busuets.

Barca are showing the kind of intensity in these opening exchanges that will please new coach Xavi.

The corner is too deep but Barca retain the ball. They build again. Benfica are able to defend well and the ball is out for a throw to Barca.

Barca are finding their feet now. Demir cuts in from the right side and fires a shot to the far post which Benfica’s keeper is just able to deflect for a corner.

Memphis Depay finds space on the left side but his cross is too deep.

The match is in full swing now as the teams exchange blows in these opening moments.

Benfica appear to be employing a very high press. Barca, escape through De Jong who starts a brilliant run to the box. His combination play with compatriot Memphis Depay is finally haulted in the box.

Nico robs the ball in midfield and start s the counter for Barca. The Catalans are forced back but build again. Nico tries a deep cross but it’s too long for his teammate. Benfica to start with a goal kick

For the moment the teams seem to be getting a feel for the slickness of the surface. Benfica don’t seem to be nervous in any regard as they get to stroking the ball around the pitch

Off we go as Benfica starts with the ball. There were 74,000 in the Camp Nou at the weekend when they defetead Espanyol but today the rain has surely kept many at home.

We’re all set!

The teams are on the field and we are ready to go! It’s a wet night here in Barcelona, but that surely won’t stop the heat on the pitch!

Do or die!

Barcelona know that a win will see them through to the next stage. Anything else and they will have to look for a result in Munich, a task that has proven difficult for them and everyone else in recent years.

The Catalans are in the building!

Not long now!

With less than an hour to go before kick off, the excitement is building!

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And here we have Benfica’s starting 11!

Everton is in form!

Everton is a player to watch tonight.

Though initially he was the subject of debate, the young Brazilian starlet has begun to payback the faith entrusted. Barcelona’s defense will need to be mindful of his speed, technique and above all fearlessness.

Barcelona’s starting 11!

Benfica have a difficult task

With a win Benfica could take second spot from their hosts, however, if we go on present form along with the fact that Barcelona will be more than up for this game with their new manager, the Portuguese are going to have their work cut out for them.

Expect a crowd

It was just this weekend gone that 74,000 fans poured into the Camp Nou to witness Xavi’s debut as coach of the team. The Blaugrana will definitely be hoping that their fans are their once again even though it promises to be a wet affair.

The situation as it stands

With two consecutive 1-0 victories the Catalans are now in 2nd place in the group, however, they will want to improve as they have most definitely been goal shy. A win tonight will see them into the next stage which makes it the priority. On the other hand this is a team that likes to win in style, so look for them to attempt to do just that.

Dembele is back

Having endured an injury plagued run in his time in Barcelona, the French winger is finally fit and has been included in the squad for tonight’s game. With undeniable technique and pace to go around, could the World Cup winner be a difference maker tonight?

Xavi is confident

The club legend turned coach was clear and sure today as he said “I envision a victory, why should I think otherwise?”

Can his team realize his idea? We don’t have long to wait to find out!

Can Barcelona repay the ‘favor’ on this rainy night in Catalunya?

The last meeting wasn’t a happy one for Barcelona

Back in September the two teams had a go at each other in Lisbon. To say that it didn’t go in the Blaugrana’s favor would be an understatement. The Catalans were essentially outplayed in every department, eventually losing 3-0. That being said they were a team in the midst of chaos.

Much has happened since those days after the shocking exit of their talisman Leo Messi. Having now changed coaches and seemingly rediscovered a bit of pep in their step, they will be looking to remind Benfica of just who they are.

It’s UEFA Champions League night here on AS USA!

It’s a rainy night in Catalunya as FC Barcelona welcome Benfica to the Camp Nou. The Blaugrana come into their first UEFA Champions League match with a new manager, however, he most definitely has a familiar face.

Xavi Hernandez, the Barcelona legend and former captain has won everything one can win as a footballer, but can he repeat that success as coach? Tonight will be the first step towards discovering just that!

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Hello everyone and welcome along to this Barcelona vs Benfica live blog, where we'll be covering all the action from this Tuesday night's crucial Champions League Group E

Barcelona 0

Hello everyone and welcome along to this Barcelona vs Benfica live blog, where we’ll be covering all the action from this Tuesday night’s crucial Champions League Group E match. New Barcelona coach Xavi has labelled this game against Benfica as “a final” and it’s vitally important that the Blaugrana collect all three points at the Camp Nou, taking on a team that thrashed them 3-0 in Lisbon. We’ll have the build-up and then minute-by-minute updates right here.

This is the start of our Champions League live blog for Barcelona vs Benfica, with the most recent entries the ones nearest the top of the blog.

Barcelona are held to a goalless draw at home to Benfica, meaning their Champions League progression is very uncertain. They stay ahead of Benfica, but Barcelona have Bayern Munich away next.

Haris Seferovic could have won it for Benfica on a counter attack, but fires wide after getting round Ter Stegen. That was a terrible miss from the Swiss forward.

Wow! That was a terrific block from Otamendi to challenge Dembele just as the Frenchman was shaping to shoot. From the resulting corner, Pique gets his head on the ball, but nods it wide.

There are four more minutes for Barcelona to get the goal, although Benfica are determined to waste as much of that time as possible. Let’s see if the Blaugrana can do it.

Yet again, Barcelona are offside. This has happened time and time again tonight, with Ronald Araujo the latest to go too early. His volley is spectacular, but it won’t count. Even worse for Barcelona is the fact that he injured himself with the celebration that was for nothing.

Dembele is so good and his turn of pace is allowing Barcelona to create something. The winger puts another cross in and it looks like it might even sneak in, but Gilberto is there to head over his crossbar.

Benfica are dropping deeper and getting more and more conservative with each substitution. They know a draw suits them, so Barcelona will need to find a solution.

Dembele has made an instant impact, with the Frenchman setting up a chance for De Jong. But, Odysseas Vlachodimos tips it over spectacularly. Dembele has changed things.

Yusuf Demir hits the deck just outside the opposition penalty area and wants a freekick, but none is given and Benfica break up the other end to create half a chance on the counter. That’s Demir‘s last act as Ousmane Dembele comes on.

Memphis Depay breaks free, but he is slow and allows Otamendi enough time to recover and make the challenge. The Dutchman had to be quicker with that one.

Gavi goes just a little early, making the good chance he creates redundant. This has been a common theme for Barcelona tonight, as they can’t stay onside when they have to.

We go again at the Camp Nou. It’s no exaggeration to say that this is the most important half of football of Barcelona‘s 2021/22 season so far. They need a result if they are to make the last 16.

There is no added time at the end of this first half, so it’s 0-0 at half time of Barcelona vs Benfica. The Catalan side have been better, but haven’t managed to open the scoring.

So close for Barcelona! Yusuf Demir hits a curled effort that rattles the corner of the woodwork. The two best Blaugrana efforts of the game have now come from him.

Benfica think they have the lead after Otamendi scores a great goal, but it doesn’t count. The ball had crossed the byline during the build-up and the referee and VAR rule it out.

Roman Yaremchuk gets a header on target from a corner, but Marc-Andre ter Stegen is excellently positioned and able to block it. He might not know much about it, but he makes the vital stop.

Nico opens it up for Jordi Alba on the left, but his attempt is cut out by Odysseas. Barcelona just can’t quite produce that final pass or shot in this opening half hour.

He was offside anyway, but Gavi puts a shot wide. That comes after another very silly offside as Memphis and Yusuf Demir played the ball between each other to bring up the flag.

Memphis Depay gets into the box and has a good chance to make something happen. Benfica manage to get back and clear it, plus the Dutch forward was offside anyway.

Nico conducts a counter attack, but plays the ball to Ronald Araujo instead of Memphis Depay, who was better placed. The Uruguayan gets a shot off, but is deflected off target.

The first save of the game is made by Benfica‘s Odysseas Vlachodimos, with Yusuf Demir‘s low effort parried away by the visiting shot-stopper. That one looked to be sneaking in.

Without creating anything concrete yet, this has been a bright start from Barcelona. They have Benfica pinned back, with the Portuguese side already time wasting a little.

There is a downpour at the Camp Nou, but there are also high expectations as Barcelona face Benfica. We’re underway now, so let’s see what happens in this one.

Xavi has called this Barcelona vs Benfica match “a final”, and kick off in this huge Champions League game is just five minutes away. The players are starting to gather in the tunnel.

Barcelona have been wearing unique shirts in the Champions League this season and they will do so once again. They’re already set out in the Camp Nou dressing room.

What do you think will happen at the Camp Nou tonight? If you’ve not had your say yet then you can vote in the poll below. There’s still time to do so.

As for Benfica, their starting XI for this Champions League match is: Vlachodimos; Andre Almeida, Otamendi, Vertonghen; Gilberto, Joao Mrio, Weigl, Grimaldo; Rafa, Yaremchuk, Everton.

We have the Barcelona line-up out, although it’s not entirely clear how these players will line up. In theory, it should be: Ter Stegen; Araujo, Pique, Lenglet, Jordi Alba; De Jong, Busquets, Nico; Gavi, Memphis, Yusuf Demir.

As we get closer to kick off in this game, let’s make some Barcelona vs Benfica predictions. You can have your say in this poll, to tell us who you think will win this game that Xavi described as “a final”.

We’re getting closer and closer to kick off in Barcelona vs Benfica, with just two hours to go now. Anticipation is growing, but Xavi’s Barcelona will feel they are ready.

Barcelona are expected to field a similar XI to Xavi‘s debut, so the predicted line-up is: Ter Stegen; Mingueza, Pique, Garcia, Alba; Puig, Busquets, De Jong; Coutinho, Depay, Gavi. As for Benfica, their probable starting XI is: Vlachodimos; Otamendi, Morato, Vertonghen; Gliberto, Weigl, Pizzi, Grimaldo; Silva; Nunez, Yaremchuk.

This Barcelona vs Benfica game starts at 20:00 GMT, or 21:00 CET local time. For USA-based fans, it’ll be broadcast on Paramount+ and TUDNxtra and start at 15:00 ET or 12:00 PT. For the UK fans, BT Sport is the place to go.

◉ FC Barcelona vs. Benfica, por la Champions League: resultado, resumen, polémicas y más

El conjunto catalán igualó por 0-0 con el portugués, en condición de local. Ahora, el equipo de Xavi deberá ganarle al poderoso Bayern Munich en Alemania para pasar sin depender de nadie…

◉ FC Barcelona vs. Benfica, por la Champions League: resultado, resumen, polémicas y más

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El conjunto catalán igualó por 0-0 con el portugués, en condición de local. Ahora, el equipo de Xavi deberá ganarle al poderoso Bayern Munich en Alemania para pasar sin depender de nadie…

Barcelona no consiguió el triunfo que necesitaba. El conjunto catalán empató por 0-0 contra Benfica, por la quinta fecha del Grupo E, y puso en suspenso su clasificación a los octavos de final de la Champions League. Ahora, deberá ganarle al Bayern Munich en Alemania para pasar de ronda sin depender de nadie, con el equipo portugués al acecho…


En la primera mitad, el equipo de Xavi controló la posesión de la pelota y llegó más veces al área rival (con remates de Demir y Jordi Alba). Más allá de eso, las más claras fueron del conjunto portugués. A los 33 minutos, Marc-André ter Stegen salvó un cabezazo de Roman Yaremchuk y la pelota se fue al corner.

En esa siguiente jugada, el balón le quedó a Nicolás Otamendi: disparó un bombazo que dio en el travesaño y se metió. Un golazo. Sin embargo, le anularon el gol porque la pelota había salido del campo cuando ejecutaron el corner.

Cuando estaba por terminarse el primer tiempo, Demir casi pone en ventaja al conjunto catalán: el remate del juvenil dio en el travesaño. Ya en la segunda mitad, el duelo fue similar al de los primeros 45 minutos. Barcelona controló pero no generó muchas chances de peligro. En una, Depay tuvo su oportunidad (Otamendi cortó su gran jugada personal). En la más clara, el arquero Odisseas Vlachodimos salvó con lo justo un cabezazo de Frenkie de Jong. Por su parte, Benfica casi no pisó el área de Ter Stegen: apenas una llegada del uruguayo Darwin Núñez (un remate que se fue muy desviado).

Los momentos más electrizantes llegaron sobre el final. Le anularon un gol a Ronald Araújo por off side, mientras que Gerard Piqué casi se convierte en héroe con un cabezazo que pasó cerca. Por su parte, en una contra letal, Seferovich dejó en el camino a Ter Stegen y casi marca para el Benfica, pero la pelota pasó besando el palo. Todo terminó en empate en el Camp Nou.

Con este resultado, Barcelona -con 7 puntos- sigue como escolta del Bayern Munich, líder ya clasificado a octavos de final. Benfica, por su parte, está tercero, con 5 unidades. Todo se definirá en la última fecha, el póximo 8 de diciembre. El equipo de Xavi se medirá con Bayern Munich en Alemania, mientras que el conjunto portugués recibirá en su casa a Dinamo de Kiev, el último del grupo…

Barcelona empató por 0-0 contra Benfica y puso en suspenso su clasificación a octavos de la Champions League.

En una contra letal, Seferovich dejó en el camino a Ter Stegen y definió: la pelota pasó besando el palo. ¡Insólito!

Un cabezazo del defensor del Barcelona pasó cerca del palo.

Ronald Aráujo abría el marcador. Sin embargo, le anularon el tanto por off side.

El conjunto catalán necesita un triunfo para mantener viva la ilusión de meterse en octavos de final de Champions.

De Jong ganó de cabeza en el área y el arquero de Benfica se lució para mandarla al corner.

Otamendi encaró y asistió a Darwin Núñez: el uruguayo no pudo darle dirección a su disparo dentro del área y la pelota se fue desviada.

El delantero del Barcelona encaró y pisó el área: Otamendi se la robó con lo justo.

Barcelona busca la clasificación a los octavos de final de la Champions League.

Barcelona y Benfica empatan por 0-0 en el Camp Nou, por la Champions League.

Un remate de Demir dio en el travesaño: Benfica se salvó de milagro.

Tras un corner, el defensor de la Selección Argentina disparó un bombazo que dio en el travesaño y se metió. Sin embargo, anularon la jugada: la pelota había salido en la ejecución del corner.

Ter Steguen rescató un potente cabezazo de Yaremchuk con lo justo.

Vlachodimos se lució para taparle un mano a mano a Jordi Alba. El encuentro sigue 0-0.

El arquero Vlachodimos descolgó un centro peligroso de tiro libre de Jordi Alba.

En un contraataque, Araújo llegó al área y no le pudo dar dirección a su remate: la pelota se fue por encima del travesaño.

El arquero Vlachodimos desvió con lo justo un remate de Demir.

Yaremchuk probó desde afuera del área: Ter Stegen controló sin problemas el débil remate.

El conjunto local domina la posesión de la pelota y tuvo aproximaciones en los primeros minutos.

Barcelona busca sellar su clasificación a los octavos de final de la Champions League en su duelo contra Benfica.

El conjunto catalán y el portugués salen al césped del Camp Nou para el duelo por Champions League.

La cancha espera por los protagonistas y Xavi vivirá su primer duelo como entrenador del Barcelona dentro de la Champions League.

El Barcelona llega como gran favorito en las apuestas para sellar el boleto de la mano de Xavi Hernández. El cuadro local tiene hasta el 62 por ciento de probabilidades de llevarse los tres puntos.

Mientras que el empate tiene hasta el 23% de posibilidades de darse. Y apenas los portugueses llegan con la esperanza del 15 por ciento de dar la sorpresa.

La última vez que el Benfica se midió contra el Barcelona en el Camp Nou, ambas escuadras igualaron 0-0. Esto ocurrió en la temporada 2012/13 y Messi abandonó ese día el campo por una lesión.

OdysseasGilberto, Nicolás Otamendi, Vertonghen, André AlmeidaGrimaldo, Joao MarioWeiglLázaro, Rafa SilvaEverton y Yaremchuk. DT: Jorge Jesús.

André Ter StegenLenglet, Gerard Piqué, Ronald Araújo, Jordi Alba; Sergio Busquets, Frenkie De Jong, Nico González; Gavi, Yusuf Demir y Memphis Depay. DT: Xavi Hernández.

El conjunto blaugrana llega a este compromiso tras vencer por 1-0 a Dinamo Kiev en condición de visitante, su segunda victoria consecutiva en el grupo E, para escalar a la 2° posición, con 6 puntos en 4 presentaciones. Si los dirigidos por Xavi suman de a tres, avanzarán a octavos.

Los portugueses, por su parte, vienen de caer por 5-2 ante Bayern Munich en Alemania, en lo que fue su segunda derrota, cayendo así al 3° lugar de la tabla, donde se colocan con 4 puntos de 12 posibles. Está a dos de Barcelona, el rival directo en la pelea por una plaza en la siguiente fase.

La última ocasión en la que ambos clubes se vieron las caras fue en la segunda jornada del grupo E de la presente edición de la Champions League, el 29 de setiembre. En dicho encuentro, los portugueses se impusieron 3-0 gracias a un doblete de Darwin Núñez y un tanto de Rafa Silva.

Lionel Messi

Marc-André ter Stegen

Champions League

Boca Juniors

Boca Juniors

Boca Juniors

River Plate

River Plate

River Plate

Liga Profesional de Fútbol

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Liga Profesional de Fútbol


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