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90' + 5'
A. Taarabt
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90' + 2'
O. Vlachodimos
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João Mário
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Álex Grimaldo
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Match Stats

65% 34%
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 3 3
Total Passes 644 348
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Pos Team P W D L F A +/- PTS Form
1 Bayern München FCB Bayern München 6 6 0 0 22 3 +19 18 W W W W W
2 Benfica SLB Benfica 6 2 2 2 7 9 -2 8 W D L L W
3 Barcelona BAR Barcelona 6 2 1 3 2 9 -7 7 L D W W L
4 Dynamo Kyiv DYN Dynamo Kyiv 6 0 1 5 1 11 -10 1 L L L L L


8th Finals
UEFA Europa League


It all comes down to a nervy final matchday for Barca and Benfica, then, but we have remembered a valuable lesson here. Games don't need goals to be fun. That's all for now. Goodbye!
It's as you were in Group E then as Barca stay second with seven points, two ahead of Benfica. Bayern are confirmed winners of the group after beating Dynamo Kiev 2-1 in Ukraine. Benfica now need to beat Dynamo at home in their last game to have a chance of pipping Barca to second place. Barca need a win away to Bayern to make sure they aren't knocked out on the basis of their 3-0 defeat in Lisbon.
It's ended goalless between Barca and Benfica but it wasn't for lack of trying. Both sides had goals disallowed, while Benfica had the best chance of the game in stoppage time as Seferovic got through on goal. The Swiss striker somehow conspired to prod wide though, and both teams will have to settle for the draw.
A. Taarabt
Yellow Card
90' + 5' Taarabt is shown the yellow card for waving at Busquets. Barca take the free-kick but there's no time for them to do anything with it! That's it!
90' + 4' Alba fires in a cross and Lazaro needlessly heads behind for a Barca corner. Benfica see it out and again have a promising counter. Taarabt isn't sure whether to go for goal or take the ball to the corner flag and eventually chooses the latter, wafting an arm at Busquets to hold him off.
90' + 3' Seferovic wastes a golden chance to snatch the win for Benfica! The visitors find themselves two-on-one as Barca get caught upfield. The Swiss striker beats Ter Stegen but is too cute with his shot and prods just wide of the left-hand post! Will Benfica live to regret that miss?
O. Vlachodimos
Yellow Card
90' + 2' Vlachodimos is shown the yellow card for taking too long over the goal-kick. Barca fans had been baying for it for a while.
90' + 1' Pique nearly secures the three points for Barca! Depay's corner delivery is excellent and the veteran centre-back heads just wide to the left of goal.
90' Both teams have four more minutes in which to find a winning goal. Dembele races in behind and Otamendi wins the ball with another desperate lunge to hand Barca a corner. The Argentine has been magnificent for Benfica here.
89' Benfica want to win this too but they just can't get out of their half. They clear De Jong's flick on from Alba's cross. Gilberto bravely wins a header against Gavi to earn the visitors a timely free-kick.
88' Benfica have started trebling up on Dembele. The substitute tries to work his magic down the right for Barca but can't break away to threaten the visitors.
Eric García
R. Araujo
86' Araujo heads off too. Garcia replaces him at the back for Barca.
S. Dest
C. Lenglet
86' Barca bring some fresh faces on. Dest, who's back from injury, replaces Lenglet.
85' Barca are really keen to score but it no longer looks like it will happen for them. Dembele fires over from the right side of the box.
83' Barca think they've scored a late winner, but no! Benfica get muddled after heading over the bar to give away a corner and Araujo darts onto Alba's cross to finish past Vlachodimos. He's a fraction offside and the goal is immediately chalked off.
82' Barca have a lucky escape as Seferovic has a shot in the box blocked. The offside flag goes up against Pizzi, just as he reaches Taarabt's pass.
H. Seferović
Álex Grimaldo
81' Benfica are going for the win here. Their Swiss striker Seferovic replaces Grimaldo.
80' Benfica are successfully stifling Barca now. The visitors' offside trap catches Depay who is busting a gut to get back involved in play. The Dutchman's frustration is evident on his face.
78' Dembele threads a wonderful pass into the corridor of uncertainty behind Benfica's centre-backs who are sitting deep. Vlachodimos is alert and just beats Gavi to it.
76' De Jong glides past Taarabt and keeps Barca moving. The Catalans eventually find Gavi wide left who's nudged too easily off the ball.
74' Dembele cuts inside to ping a promising crossfield pass to Alba. Gilberto gets across to slam the door shut on the Barca wing-back.
72' Barca have to start taking more risks now. A draw isn't ideal for them. Araujo lets rip at goal from way out. The shot skids wide of the left-hand post.
71' Benfica find themselves three-on-three on the counter. Nunez shows too much of the ball to Araujo though. The Uruguayan nips in to bring the attack to a halt.
V. Lazaro
Rafa Silva
70' Rafa also makes way. Benfica's Austrian midfielder Lazaro comes on.
70' Benfica react to Dembele's arrival by replacing their wingers. Everton goes off. Pizzi replaces him.
69' Dembele's willingness to dribble straight at Benfica is giving them the jitters. Jorge Jesus might want to tweak his team to deal with Barca's new threat.
67' Dembele teases two Benfica defenders before electing to pass back. The Frenchman receives the ball again and this time reaches the byline, finding De Jong with a high cross. The Dutchman's bullet header is tipped over the crossbar by Vlachodimos. Benfica survive the resulting corner.
O. Dembélé
Y. Demir
66' Here's that Barca substitution. Dembele replaces Demir, the game's brightest spark in the first half.
65' Demir is dispossessed by Taarabt on the edge of Benfica's box and the visitors break. Nunez shoots from a tight angle and gets it all wrong.
64' Barca have decided to make a gamble of their own. Dembele is getting ready to come on.
63' Nunez creates some space for himself down the right and fizzes a rare cross into the box for Benfica but no one is there to make the most of it. It's been the visitors' problem since half-time.
61' Everton wants to power down the right for Benfica but is quickly crowded out by Barca defenders. The midfield is a mire of molasses at the moment.
A. Taarabt
João Mário
59' The booked Joao Mario also heads off. Taarabt takes his place in midfield for Benfica.
D. Núñez
R. Yaremchuk
59' Benfica decide now's the right time to make changes. The Uruguayan striker Nunez replaces Yaremchuk up front.
57' Chance for Barca! Depay latches onto an angled pass to dash straight into the box. The Dutchman checks back onto his stronger right foot and Otamendi makes a vital sliding challenge to deny him a shooting opportunity. Barca have to settle for a corner and Gonzalez is offside.
55' This game hasn't been as easy on the eye since half-time. Benfica have muscled their way firmly into proceedings.
53' Gilberto hits the turf after a collision with Alba off the ball. It's not very much of anything but he still takes a while to get to his feet.
51' Rafa looks to thread Yaremchuk through on goal but the pass is cut out. Gavi is offside up the other end of the pitch from Alba's pass.
Yellow Card
49' The referee eventually shows the yellow card to Pique for his initial foul on Yaremchuk.
João Mário
Yellow Card
49' Pique tugs Yaremchuk's shirt and isn't dealt with firmly enough in Joao Mario's book. The midfielder winds up in the book himself for questioning the referee's judgment.
47' Busquets catches Vertonghen near the halfway line with a firm tackle that goes unpunished. Play goes on and Depay crashes a speculative effort against Otamendi.
46' Barca get the second half going. Neither they nor Benfica have seen fit to make changes.
At kick-off, only Group H minnows Malmo had fewer shots on target in the Champions League this season than Barca's seven. They have had two in this game, but should arguably have had more. Benfica showed enough at the end of the first half to suggest they can make the hosts live to regret their failure to score an opening goal.
As goalless games go, this one is great so far. Xavi's young guns have largely brought the game to Benfica, hitting the crossbar and forcing Vlachodimos to make a few smart saves. Benfica grew as the half went on though, and will dispute the decision to rule Otamendi's thunderous goal out. More of this to come!
44' Pique kicks straight through Yaremchuk to bring the striker down. Benfica accept the free-kick. They will be pleased to go in level at half-time.
42' Demir cannons a left-footed effort against the crossbar! The Austrian shuffles into the box and aims for the top left corner. It is inches away from being a perfect hit, but hits the woodwork instead. He waves his hands to gee up the home crowd.
40' Barca continue to pop the ball around in midfield. Benfica are doing their best to hold their shape.
38' Busquets cannily lures Joao Mario into fouling him. This game may not have had a goal yet, but it is highly watchable.
Álex Grimaldo
Yellow Card
36' Grimaldo is booked for bringing down Demir down Barca's right.
36' Barca cause trouble from a free-kick of their own. Depay crosses in and Lenglet has a header from the centre of the box blocked.
35' Benfica worry Barca with a few corners. From the first, Ter Stegen saves Yaremchuk's header and Gilberto's shot deflects back out off Busquets. The visitors put the ball in the net from the second through Otamendi's thumping strike from the edge of the box. The corner strayed out of play in the air though, and the goal is ruled out.
34' Grimaldo cleverly chips the free-kick into the penalty area and into the path of Yaremchuk. The Ukrainian blasts over the crossbar from close range. Barca are relieved to discover he was offside anyway.
33' Lenglet commits a heavy challenge from behind on Yaremchuk. Benfica have a chance to test Barca from a central set-piece.
31' Gilberto shows a great touch to power past Alba down Benfica's right. He could carry on to go for goal himself, but instead attempts to release Yaremchuk centrally and misjudges the pass. Barca gratefully sweep up.
29' Alba strays offside as he slices another delivery into the box. Barca are cutting Benfica open at will currently.
27' Gonzalez latches onto Alba's low cross into the box. The midfielder dinks it through to Gavi, who blazes over! The offside flag doesn't go up. Alba stings the palms of Vlachodimos as Benfica get caught on the counter once again.
26' Grimaldo's cross from the left is easily caught by Ter Stegen. Benfica's build-up play is decent but they are missing the right pass in the final third.
24' Benfica force a corner down their left which Everton takes short. The winger gets hold of a return pass and crosses in. De Jong's defensive header is a good one, and Busquets uses his strength to win a free-kick from Weigl.
22' The free-kick is too close to Vlachodimos, who tips it away from the box. Barca get a throw-in out of it, but Demir is offside as the ball returns to him.
21' De Jong's clever sliderule pass causes problems for Almeida, allowing Alba to win a free-kick from Gilberto down Barca's left.
19' Pique perfectly times a tackle on Yaremchuk to stop the Ukrainian from testing Ter Stegen. Barca have things under control at the moment.
18' Gilberto nips in front of Alba to win the ball down Barca's left. The Benfica wing-back slips and is awarded the free-kick.
16' Benfica's back three has looked more like a back five so far. They have been pinned by Barca's wing-backs. Depay darts through on goal and rounds Vlachodimos before attempting to tee up Demir. Benfica block, and it is only now that the offside flag goes up.
14' De Jong's searching pass from deep is headed away by Vertonghen. Depay lets fly at goal from quite a way out. The shot whizzes wildly over.
12' Barca break three-on-three after a Benfica mistake in midfield and Vertonghen slides in to deny Araujo a clear shot on target. Araujo's sliced effort fizzes high and wide.
11' The rain is pelting down at Camp Nou. It is making the playing surface nice and greasy, which is suiting Barca's possession game just fine.
9' Barca's first corner of the game is uneventful but they have started brightly. Demir naively pushes Grimaldo over near his own corner flag to give away a free-kick.
7' Contrary to pre-match reports, Barca have matched Benfica's back three with Alba and Demir as wing-backs. Demir comes inside onto his left foot and shoots. Vlachodimos makes a decent save to push the ball out for a corner.
5' Yaremchuk receives a pass on the half-turn and goes for goal from some distance. Ter Stegen always has the shot covered.
3' Barca make a positive start to the match. The hosts break towards Benfica's goal when a spell of possession for the visitors breaks down. De Jong then tries to thread Depay into the box a few seconds later, but the angle is too tight for the Dutchman to shoot from.
1' Benfica, playing all in white, get this game underway!
The two teams are out on the pitch at a lively Camp Nou. The captains Busquets and Almeida shake hands in the centre circle under the watchful eye of the Russian referee Sergey Karasev.
Benfica's victory over Barca at the Estadio du Luz was a big shock, one that's unlikely to be repeated here. Only two sides have ever beaten Barca home and away in the Champions League group stage in a single season, both in the late 1990s, while Benfica have never won at Camp Nou in this competition in three previous attempts.
Xavi makes three changes to Barca from their 1-0 win over Espanyol here last weekend. Lenglet, Araujo and Demir come into the starting 11. There are five changes to Benfica from their 4-1 home victory over Pacos de Ferreira in the Taca de Portugal. Vlachodimos starts in goal, while Yaremchuk leads their forward line.
SUBS: Haris Seferovic, Pizzi, Adel Taarabt, Soualiho Meite, Helton Leite, Gedson Fernandes, Goncalo Ramos, Valentino Lazaro, Ferro, Morato, Mile Svilar, Darwin Nunez.
BENFICA (3-4-3): Odisseas Vlachodimos; Andre Almeida (c), Nicolas Otamendi, Jan Vertonghen; Gilberto, Julian Weigl, Joao Mario, Alejandro Grimaldo; Rafa, Roman Yaremchuk, Everton.
SUBS: Eric Garcia, Oscar Mingueza, Neto, Samuel Umtiti, Sergino Dest, Riqui Puig, Philippe Coutinho, Ousmane Dembele, Inaki Pena, Luuk de Jong, Alejandro Balde.
BARCELONA (4-3-3): Marc-Andre ter Stegen; Ronald Araujo, Gerard Pique, Clement Lenglet, Jordi Alba; Nicolas Gonzalez, Sergio Busquets (c), Frenkie de Jong; Yusuf Demir, Memphis Depay, Gavi.
Benfica thumped a sorry Barca 3-0 in Lisbon back in September but have shipped nine goals in their last two games against Bayern Munich, causing them to slump to third in Group E. A Barca win will seal the hosts' progress to the last 16; anything else will give Benfica hope until the final matchday. Let's do this!
After a poor start in Group E, Barcelona remain on track to qualify for the Champions League knockout phase after two 1-0 wins over Dynamo Kiev. Xavi will oversee his first Champions League game in charge of Barca as they look to keep three clean sheets in the competition for the first time since May 2019.
Hello and welcome to our live text commentary of this UEFA Champions League Group E match between Barcelona and Benfica at Camp Nou.