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A good Barça 'forgives' Benfica and the pass to the second round is complicated (0-0)

Published:23/11/2021 - 22:54h

Updated:24/11/2021 - 10:48h

FC Barcelona could not certify their pass to the knockout stages of the Champions League against Benfica and did not go from a draw to zero. The culés were better and completed a good game, but they were not successful and they left two gold points

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Xavi Hernández little by little goes leaving his stamp in the FC Barcelona and the first half hour of the culés in front of the Benfica was good proof of this. The technician revolutionised the eleven with a new system, a 3-4-3, and with interesting novelties like the one of Jordi Alba of left extreme and the one of Demir in the right. This training and the ideas of the míster egarense did that the Barça dominated and enjoyed in the first time of the 'final' in front of the Benfica.

The group barcelonista went out with a very high pressure and with all the very active players with and without ball. With the possession, the desmarques and the mobility of all the footballers did not cease and without the balloon all the culés were 'pirañas' that incomodaron at all times to the Portuguese. By all this, the Catalans had several arrivals of danger in the first compasses of the duel. One of them, a good shot of Demir after a big manoeuvre, by little finish turning into the 1-0.

The minutes happened and the Barça followed dominating in front of a Benfica that only generated some discomfort to the against. The blaugrana, instead, yes were very near of the goal and Gavi had a very clear occasion after a choral good deed. The Andalusian, nevertheless, did not hit in the finish and threw it very up. A minute afterwards, in the 28, Jordi Alba had the most dangerous of the Barcelona until this moment with a good shot crossed that took out with a good hand Vlachodimos.

Unfortunately, the initial impact of the culés in the duel was diminishing from the first half hour and the lusos began to generate something more than restlessness in attack. Roman Yaremchuk was about to to advance to his after a strong head butt after a kickoff of corner. Marc-André ter Stegen found it to him and avoided with his legs the 0-1 of form totally milagrosa.

The Barça deserved more in the first part

After the clear opportunity of the visitors arrived another corner in which only the VAR avoided that it turned into goal. Nico Otamendi took advantage of the second played after the kickoff of corner and marked a golazo with his bad leg that almost went in by the square. Luckily for the Barça, the linesman raised the pennant signalling that the balloon in the centre had gone out. From the room VOR confirmed him second afterwards to the referee that the ball had gone out and the target did not go up to the marker.

The ones of Xavi were going to less and were beginning to suffer, although in spite of everything almost go to the rest with advantage. Demir Starred an action that could have signed the same Leo Messi and brushed the so much with a lovely zurdazo that hit between the crossbar and the square. A glorious shot from the frontal with the left-handed that raised the applauses of a Camp Nou that sacked to his with applauses in spite of the result.

The beginning of the second part did not seem in at all to the of the first and the Barça went down a pair of courses. The petrol went finish little by little and the pressure asfixiante of the first 45 minutes gave step to another something more contemplativa. Because of this, the Benfica began to have more the ball and the culés left to be the masters and gentlemen of the meeting. Besides, with the balloon, the Catalans began the second time something more imprecise.

Dembélé Revolutionised to a Barça without mordiente

Luckily, little by little the Barcelona began to go back to find to himself same and recovered the necessary physical volume to hurt him to the lusos. Besides, Xavi was very hit taking out to Ousmane Dembélé to revolutionise the crash and go up the courses that had lost the team in the second part. The entrance of the French changed it all and did that the barcelonistas went back to generate danger and to give this feeling of superiority that left in the first time.

The French extreme, that went out by Demir, went back crazy to Grimaldo and was about to to turn into the assistant of the 1-0 of the Barça. The Frenchman encaró, left with a good autopase and put a big centre that finished of head Frenkie of Jong. Vlachodimos Saved to his team with a good unemployed after the head butt of the Dutch. It was the first clear occasion of the seconds 45 minutes, but still remained more than 20 more to go to by the victory and the pass to eighth of final.

The classification had it in his right boot Araújo, that topped his partidazo with the so much of the victory. Unfortunately, the charrúa, that on lesionó in this played, was half body advanced and the linesman cancelled his so much. The Barcelona tightened to the end and went with everything up, but could not 'kill' to a Benfica that held the batch of centres to the area. The Portuguese expected his moment and in the 94, in one of the last played of the crash, had an opportunity of gold to win.

The Barça neglected his defence by his anxieties of triumph and allowed that the lusos could remain two against one in a counterattack. Seferovic Finish remaining alone in front of Ter Stegen and after surpassing to the German remained with the empty door to mark and leave to the culés totally against the ropes in Champions. Luckily, the tip starred one of the earthiest errors of this League of Champions and shot was having it all in favour.

An authentic miracle the failure of the ex of the Real Sociedad that leaves to the Barcelona with options to arrive to eighth. The ones of Xavi, nevertheless, need to win to the Bayern in Munich in case that the Benfica win to the Dynamo of Kiev. The pass is complicated and in the Baviera will do fault that the culés give his best version and have that something of luck in attack that have not had this Tuesday.

Technical index card of the party: FC Barcelona 0-0 Benfica

FC Barcelona: Ter Stegen; I Hammered, Araújo (Eric, min 85), Lenglet; Gavi, Busquets, Of Jong, Nico; Jordi Alba, Memphis Depay and Demir (Dembélé, min 66).

Benfica: Vlachodimos; Otamendi, Vertonghen, Almeida; Gilberto, Weigl, Joao Mario (Taarabt, min 59), Grimaldo; Everton, Rafa Silva and Yaremchuk (Darwin, min 59).

Referee: Sergei Karasev.

Incidences: corresponding Party to the fifth day of phase of groups of the Champions League 2021-2022.

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