Champions League - Group E
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Barcelona 0-0 Benfica: Xavi's side face tense final group game against Bayern Munich

Barcelona's Yusuf Demir in action against Benfica in the Champions League
At 18 years and 174 days old, Austria winger Yusuf Demir is the second youngest non-Spaniard to start a Champions League match for Barcelona after Lionel Messi

Barcelona's hopes of making the Champions League knockout stage hang in the balance after they were held at the Nou Camp by Benfica.

On a frustrating night for Xavi's side, 18-year-old Yusuf Demir, on loan from Rapid Vienna, hit the crossbar.

Ronald Araujo had a goal disallowed for second-placed Barca, who stay two points ahead of Benfica in third.

Barca's final group game is away to runaway leaders Bayern Munich while Benfica host Dynamo Kyiv.

Both matches are on 8 December and it promises to be a tense finale for five-time European champions Barca.

While they are now undefeated in their past three group games, Barca have managed just two goals in five Champions League matches this season.

They will drop down to the Europa League if Benfica win their final match and Barca do not win in Germany.

Group E

Benfica defended stoically, closing down attacks with a solid five-man defensive line, leaving Barcelona in control of the ball much of the time.

However, the hosts managed just three attempts on target.

Benfica had a great chance to win it at the end through Haris Seferovic but he could not finish.

Demir is the fifth teenager to start for Barcelona in the Champions League this season - following Pedri, Ansu Fati, Gavi and Nico Gonzalez.

Barcelona boss Xavi: "Benfica came for a nil-nil. They knew how to play for it. That's a big reason why we didn't score.

"The vital thing is that we generated chances. It's a matter of time before the chances go in.

"We missed an opportunity there but we just have to keep going - there's another opportunity coming up in Munich and we just have to take it."

Benfica boss Jorge Jesus: "We left here with a result that still leaves us dreaming. I keep saying the same thing: Barcelona are one of the best teams in the world and we are competing for qualification with them.

"This should make the fans, players and coach proud - today we were at the level of a great team."

Line-ups

Barcelona

Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 1ter Stegen
  • 4AraújoSubstituted forGarcíaat 86'minutes
  • 3PiquéBooked at 49mins
  • 15LengletSubstituted forDestat 86'minutes
  • 11DemirSubstituted forDembéléat 66'minutes
  • 5Busquets
  • 21de Jong
  • 18Alba
  • 28González Iglesias
  • 30Paez Gaviria
  • 9Depay

Substitutes

  • 2Dest
  • 6Puig Martí
  • 7Dembélé
  • 13Murara Neto
  • 14Coutinho
  • 17de Jong
  • 22Mingueza
  • 23Umtiti
  • 24García
  • 26Peña Sotorres
  • 31Balde Martínez

Benfica

Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 99VlachodimosBooked at 90mins
  • 34Magalhães de Almeida
  • 30Otamendi
  • 5Vertonghen
  • 2Junior
  • 28Weigl
  • 20João MárioBooked at 49minsSubstituted forTaarabtat 59'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 3GrimaldoBooked at 36minsSubstituted forSeferovicat 81'minutes
  • 27Ferreira SilvaSubstituted forLazaroat 70'minutes
  • 7Sousa SoaresSubstituted forAfonso Fernandesat 70'minutes
  • 15YaremchukSubstituted forNúñezat 59'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Svilar
  • 9Núñez
  • 11Meité
  • 14Seferovic
  • 21Afonso Fernandes
  • 22Lazaro
  • 49Taarabt
  • 77Aleixo Leite
  • 83Carvalho Fernandes
  • 88Matias Ramos
  • 91Rodrigues da Silva
  • 97Reis Ferreira
Referee:
Sergey Karasev
Attendance:
49,572

Match Stats

Home TeamBarcelonaAway TeamBenfica
Possession
Home65%
Away35%
Shots
Home14
Away7
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away3
Fouls
Home13
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Barcelona 0, Benfica 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Barcelona 0, Benfica 0.

  3. Booking

    Adel Taarabt (Benfica) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  4. Post update

    Sergio Busquets (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Adel Taarabt (Benfica).

  6. Post update

    Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Valentino Lazaro.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Haris Seferovic (Benfica) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left following a fast break.

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. Haris Seferovic (Benfica) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Darwin Núñez.

  9. Booking

    Odysseas Vlachodimos (Benfica) is shown the yellow card.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Gerard Piqué (Barcelona) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Memphis Depay with a cross following a corner.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Nicolás Otamendi.

  12. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ousmane Dembélé (Barcelona) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sergio Busquets with a through ball.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Gavi (Barcelona).

  14. Post update

    Gilberto (Benfica) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Sergiño Dest (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Gilberto (Benfica).

  17. Post update

    Frenkie de Jong (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Nicolás Otamendi (Benfica).

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Barcelona. Eric García replaces Ronald Araújo because of an injury.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Barcelona. Sergiño Dest replaces Clément Lenglet.

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man City430115789
2PSG42208538
3Club Bruges4112511-64
4RB Leipzig4013813-51

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Liverpool4400135812
2FC Porto412136-35
3Atl Madrid411246-24
4AC Milan401347-31

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ajax44001421212
2B Dortmund420248-46
3Sporting42029726
4Besiktas4004212-100

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Real Madrid43019369
2Inter Milan42116337
3Sheriff Tiraspol420267-16
4Shakhtar Donetsk401319-81

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bayern Munich55001931615
2Barcelona521226-47
3Benfica512259-45
4Dynamo Kyiv501419-81

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man Utd5311107310
2Villarreal52129727
3Atalanta5131101006
4Young Boys5113611-54

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Lille52214318
2RB Salzburg52127617
3Sevilla51315416
4Wolfsburg512247-35

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chelsea5401101912
2Juventus540196312
3Zenit St Petersburg51137704
4Malmö FF5014113-121
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