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Benfica draws at Camp Nou, but victory was inches away

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Benfica was centimeters away from a victory at Barcelona’s field, when Seferovic, failed in the open goal, the goal that would give the Portuguese club the victory, in a game in which Barcelona was more dominant, but where Benfica had the best opportunity.

The reds, only got one point, are thus dependent on the match between Bayern and Barcelona, that of course if they beat Dynamo Kiev at home.


Benfica – Barcelona ended in a null for the Champions League, Jorge Jesus did not change the tactical scheme and brought in André Almeida to replace Morato. At Barcelona, ​​Xavi Hernández changed the game from a 4-3-3 to a 3-4-3.

Barcelona, ​​as expected, had more possession in the first half, but they didn’t have great opportunities, Benfica’s defense was always very attentive, and in the best opportunity they had, Jordi Alba, Odysseas Vlachodimos, defended the net’s of Benfica.

Benfica had the best opportunities, first by Yaremchuk, to a difficult defense by Ter Stegen, then by Otamendi, who scored, but had his goal disallowed by, Sergei Karasev, the ball will have left the field, in the corner marked by Everton, and towards the end of the first half, Demir threw the crossbar of Vlachodimos.

In the second half, Depay came close to scoring, but Otamendi in a late cut prevented the shot. Frenkie de Jong, on 68 minutes, tried to head but Vlachodimos deflected it.

Jesus then made changes, took Yaremchuk and put Darwin Núñez, and then Pizzi and Lazaro, for Everton and Rafa Silva, Barça would still end up scoring for Ronald Araújo, but was offside.

The game would end with the unbelievable loss of Haris Seferovic, in added time, Darwin fled with Seferovic in a two against, passed to the Swiss, who dodged Ter Stegen, and with the goal wide open, fired to the side.

Benfica in third place with five points, two less than Barcelona, has guaranteed access to the Europa League, but if they beat Dynamo Kiev and Barcelona don’t win against Bayern Munich, they will go with the Germans to the last 16 of the millionaire competition.

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