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Barcelona v Benfica - as it happened

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Barcelona v Benfica, Champions League 2021/22, group stage, matchday 5 - Official line-ups. BeSoccer
Barcelona v Benfica, Champions League 2021/22, group stage, matchday 5 - Official line-ups. BeSoccer
Join us for live coverage of the Champions League group E clash between Barcelona and Benfica from the Camp Nou. Xavi's side will seal qualification with victory here.
  • 95'
    FT: Barca 0-0 Benfica!!! All over at the Camp Nou and Barca were definitely the better team and had a goal disallowed, but Benfica held firm and inexplicably didn't win it at the death when Seferovic put wide with an open goal when everyone came forward. That means Barca have it in their own hands, but if Benfica beat D Kiev, Barca must win at Bayern. Thanks for joining us and see you again soon!
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  • 95'
    Busquets sees yellow for backchat.
  • 95'
    Barca get themselves a corner, Benfica clear and counter, but then keep the ball!!
  • 94'
    How did Benfica not score!!! Benfica counter through Nunez, he lays off to Seferovic who scoops the ball over the GK and he hits wide with an open goal!!! Eric Garcia may have put him off, but that should have been a goal...
  • 93'
    Dembele threatens again and Benfica clear.
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  • 92'
    Odysseas is booked for timewasting.
  • 91'
    Great defence by Otamendi to stop Dembele scoring and then Pique heads the corner wide.
  • 91'
    Four extra minutes.
  • 89'
    Barca are pressing and pressing, but they can't blow the Benfica house down.
  • 87'
    Barca sub: Araujo is replaced by Eric Garcia.
Goal disallowed

Goal disallowed

  • 83'
    Araujo scores for Barca, but the flag is up!!! The ball into the box by Alba finds Araujo who scores, but the Uruguayan is offside! Araujo has got himself injured in the celebration, but he's back.
  • 83'
    Barca nearly score!! Dembele goes again down the far side and Gilberto heads over to prevent Depay scoring.
  • 82'
    Benfica attack, the ball breaks to Pizzi whose shot is blocked, but the flag is up.
  • 81'
    Benfica sub: Grimaldo is replaced by Seferovic.
  • 80'
    Depay is caught offside.
  • 78'
    Dembele nearly picks out De Jong, but the pass is slightly too long.
  • 77'
    Vertonghen seems not to be 100%, but he's carrying on.
  • 76'
    Barca attack, but it comes to nothing.
  • 74'
    Alba gets the ball in the box, but Gilberto gets back to dispossess him.
  • 71'
    Barca are looking for a goal and Benfica are happy to settle for a draw and play on the counter.
  • 69'
    Benfica double sub: Rafa Silva and Everton are replaced by Pizzi and Lazaro.
  • 66'
    Barca sub: Demir goes off and Dembele on.
  • 65'
    Demir goes down on the edge of the box wanting a free-kick, but the ref says no! On the counter, Benfica attack and Nunez hits well wide.
  • 63'
    Nunez goes down this near side for the away side, the Uruguayan cuts back from the by-line, but there's no teammate there.
  • 60'
    Nunez is flagged offside.
  • 60'
    Benfica are much happier with proceedings here.
  • 59'
    Benfica double sub: Joao Mario and Yaremchuk are replaced by Taarabt and Darwin Nunez.
  • 57'
    Depay is in here, he cuts past the defender, but Otamendi gets back to concede the corner!
  • 55'
    Barca want a win here because otherwise, if Benfica beat Kiev on the last day, Barca would have to beat Bayern. If Barca lose, they would have to better Benfica's result.
  • 54'
    Gilberto is down after getting caught by Alba.
  • 52'
    Opportunity for Barca, but Gavi is offside in the build up!
  • 50'
    Benfica are having some of the ball as well.
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  • 49'
    Pique is booked for a clear foul on Yaremchuk and Joao Mario is also cautioned for saying something to the referee. Joao Mario's seems harsh.
  • 48'
    Barca go forward through Memphis, but Benfica stop them with a fine block by Otamendi.
  • 46'
    Free-kick to the hosts after Gavi is fouled by Gilberto.
  • 46'
    Barca get us going again!
  • 45'
    HT: Barca 0-0 Benfica!! Exciting first half in Barcelona and the hosts have been the better team, but Benfica have also been dangerous. Demir, Araujo and Alba all had early chances, but after 30 minutes, Benfica came into the game. Yaremchuk was denied by a terrific Ter Stegen save and then Otamendi scored, but the ball had gone out of play. Demir then struck the bar for Barca just before the interval. All to play for in the second 45. Back shortly!
  • 43'
    Barca attack again and there's an offside in there.
  • 42'
    Demir hits the bar!!!! The Austrian goes forward for the hosts and his curling effort strikes the bar!
  • 41'
    F de Jong is penalised for a foul.
  • 40'
    Benfica have definitely picked up here.
  • 39'
    Barca put a cross into the box through Araujo and Odysseas claims.
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  • 36'
    Grimaldo is booked a clear foul on Demir.
Goal disallowed

Goal disallowed

  • 35'
    Benfica score, but it doesn't count!!! The corner comes in from Everton, Rafa cuts back and Otamendi fires in off the bar, but the ball had gone out.
  • 34'
    What a save by Ter Stegen!!! The corner comes in, Yaremchuk gets his head to it and Ter Stegen makes a terrific stop!
  • 34'
    Corner for the visitors.
  • 33'
    Yaremchuk!!! Benfica scoop a free-kick into the box and the Ukrainian hits over, but he was off.
  • 30'
    Lovely play by Gavi again, but Benfica stop him.
  • 27'
    Alba!!! Great save by Odysseas to deny the Catalan!
  • 26'
    Gavi!!! Barca attack, Nico flicks the ball on and Gavi blazes over! He looked to be just onside.
  • 25'
    The corner comes to nothing and Weigl is penalised for a foul on Busquets.
  • 24'
    Benfica attack and win themselves a corner.
  • 21'
    Barca want a free-kick for a foul on Nico, but the ref says no.
  • 20'
    Yaremchuk gets forward for the visitors and Pique makes a good sliding tackle.
  • 19'
    Free-kick to Benfica after Gilberto is fouled by Alba.
  • 17'
    Chance for Barca!!! Depay is played through, who cuts inside and then beats defenders, but the pass to Demir is poor. The Dutchman was offside anyway.
  • 15'
    Depay! The Dutchman goes for an ambitious effort from distance, but it flies over.
  • 12'
    Araujo!!! Benfica lose the ball in their own half, Barca counter and Araujo fails to hit the target!
  • 11'
    The Portuguese side are having a bit of ball, but they aren't keeping it for long.
  • 10'
    Benfica have hardly been out of their own half.
  • 7'
    Demir!!!! Nico gives the ball off to Demir and Odysseas dives to his right to deny the Austrian!
  • 4'
    Barca attack again through Depay and Benfica manage to scramble away.
  • 3'
    Nico runs forward again as Barca pin Benfica in their own half.
  • 2'
    Barca send a ball into the box through Busquets and Odysseas comes out to claim!
  • 1'
    Benfica get us going from right to left in the white! Barca in the usual colours!
Start of match

Start of match

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    Busquets and Almeida come together for the toss.
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    The players make their way out at a wet Camp Nou!
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    Bayern is now 1-2 and they are still playing.
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    Benfica fielded a weaker team in the 4-1 win over Pacos Ferreira in the Portuguese FA Cup last 32 on Friday. Compared to the 6-1 win over Braga in the league back on 7th November, there are two changes. Almeida in for Verissimo and Yaremchuk replaces Darwin Nunez up top.
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    Barca got an unconvincing 1-0 win over Espanyol on Saturday and they make three changes. Eric Garcia, Mingueza and Akhomach are replaced by Lenglet, Araujo and Demir.
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    If Barca win, they go through, but if they don't, it goes down to the last day. Benfica host D Kiev and Barca go to Bayern, but Benfica must win to have it in their own hands on the last day. However, the Portuguese club may take a draw and hope for a favour from Bayern as well.
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    Barca are 2nd in group E on 6 points while Benfica are 3rd on 4 points. Bayern are already through and are winning 0-2 at basement boys Dynamo Kiev. If that result holds, Barca and Benfica are guaranteed at least a Europa League spot.
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    It's 12 degrees and dry for this one.
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    Sergei Karasev of Russia is the referee while Massimiliano Irrati of Italy is the VAR.
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    Benfica XI: Odysseas (GK); Vertonghen, Otamendi, Almeida; Grimaldo, Weigl, Joao Mario, Gilberto; Everton, Yaremchuk and Rafa Silva.
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    Barca XI: Ter Stegen (GK); Lenglet, Araujo, Pique; Alba, De Jong, Busquets, Nico, Demir; Gavi; Depay.
Info

Pre-match

23 November 2021, 21:00

Stadium: Camp Nou

  • PRVW
    Hello and welcome to live coverage of the Champions League game between Barcelona and Benfica!