Barcelona and Benfica play out thrilling 0-0 draw at a rain-soaked Camp Nou

Barcelona faced Benfica this evening in a crucial Champions League clash at Camp Nou. The Catalan side were second in Group E going into the game, two points clear of tonight’s opponents but six off pace-setters Bayern Munich.

The game finished scoreless, despite both Nicolás Otamendi and Ronald Araújo seeing goals of theirs ruled out. In the case of the former, the ball momentarily veered out of bounds as it was being delivered from the right wing, while in the case of the latter the Uruguayan was a touch offside as the ball was played to him. The battle for second spot will go down to the last matchday.

Barcelona have endured a tough start to the season and sit seventh in La Liga at the time of writing, although Xavi’s appointment as coach during the international break has meant that the atmosphere at the club has changed and become considerably more positive. They won the opening fixture of his reign at the weekend, beating Espanyol 1-0.

Benfica are third in the Primeira Liga, a point behind Sporting Club de Portugal and Porto, and things haven’t exactly been perfect for the Portuguese since they won the reverse fixture six weeks ago, beating Barcelona 3-0 at the Estádio da Luz in Lisbon.

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