Benfica threaten Barcelona hopes with frustrating draw
A goalless draw settled Barcelona’s clash against Benfica of Portugal, on Tuesday evening. This is part of the fifth round of the Champions League group stage. At Camp Nou and thus Benfica threatens Barcelona’s hopes.
With this draw, Barcelona takes their tally to 7 points in second place.
Benfica took his tally to 5 points in third place in the group.
The game began under pressure from Barcelona, with Nico passing a ball into the area to Youssouf Demir who had a shot saved by Benfica goalkeeper Odisias and turned it into a corner in the 8th minute.
Busquets sent a through ball to Jaffe deep in Benfica’s penalty area, and the youngster slotted a ball past the top of the goal in the 26th minute.
Benfica goalkeeper Odisias impressed in a powerful save from Jordi Alba inside the area, in the 28th minute.
Barcelona goalkeeper Ter Stegen blocked a shot from Benfica’s Yaremchuk with his feet at the 34th.
Otamendi scored the lead for Benfica in the 35th minute, conceding a ball into the box and firing straight into Ter Stegen’s net. The match referee disallowed it for offside.
Barcelona’s Youssouf Demir was denied the Blaugrana’s lead goal in the 43rd minute. After a powerful shot from the youngster, to end the first half with a goalless draw.
Memphis Depay tried to pass to one of his teammates and the ball was cut from him in the 57th minute.
Benfica’s Nunez crossed from the right end inside Barcelona’s penalty area. The Catalan defense dispersed it in the 64th minute.
Benfica goalkeeper Odisias blocked a header from Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong in the 68th minute.
Barcelona defender Ronald Araujo scored the Catalan side’s lead in the 84th minute, receiving a cross from Jordi Alba inside the area, firing straight down the Benfica goalkeeper’s right. The referee canceled it out for offside.
Osman Dembley hit a powerful ball at the confines of the box, the top of Benfica’s goal passing in the 85th minute.