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Barcelona vs SL Benfica Champions League LIVE Football Score 29 Sept 2021

Barcelona vs SL Benfica Champions League LIVE Football Score 29 Sept 2021

MATCH INFO

Start date: 30 Sept 2021 00:00
Location: Lisbon Venue: Estadio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica
Referee: Daniele Orsato, Italy
Avg. cards: 0.22 5.28

ABOUT THE MATCH

Benfica and Barcelona will both go in search of their first Champions League group stage wins of the season when they lock horns at the Estadio da Luz in Group E on Wednesday night. Jorge Jesus’s side played out a goalless draw with Dynamo Kiev on the opening day, whereas Barca succumbed to a 3-0 defeat to Bayern Munich

In a game where no fewer than 20 shots were fired – 12 of which came from Benfica’s attacking contingent – neither the Portuguese side nor Dynamo Kiev could break down the other’s defence during a goalless stalemate on matchday one.

Jesus’s men had to do it the hard way to book their spot in the group stages after a one-year absence – overcoming Spartak Moscow and PSV in the qualifying rounds – but they have not let their domestic fortunes take a hit as their perfect start to the league season continued at the weekend.

Summer signing Roman Yaremchuk bagged a brace before Joao Mario added gloss to the scoreline in a 3-1 success over Vitoria Guimaraes on Saturday – their seventh win from as many games in the 2021-22 Primeira Liga – and they have chalked up at least two goals in every game that they have scored in this term.

However, the two games in which they have failed to score this season have been their last two Champions League battles – both of which came away from home, though – and the Portuguese giants welcome Barcelona to a ground where they have won five out of five this term.

Jesus’s men have also come up trumps in five of their last six Champions League games at the Estadio da Luz including qualifiers, and given Barcelona’s wholly underwhelming start to the campaign, one would not put it past the hosts to keep that stellar run going.

With the pressure on his shoulders growing heavier by the week, under-fire Catalan coach Ronald Koeman saw his side blown away by Bayern on the opening matchday in the Champions League, as the Camp Nou crowd witnessed their side lose 3-0 to the German giants.

Thomas Muller broke the deadlock in the opening 45 minutes before Robert Lewandowski’s second-half brace killed any hopes of a Blaugrana comeback, but the Catalan club at least head into Wednesday’s game on the back of a morale-boosting league win.

Still unbeaten in the 2021-22 La Liga season, a youthful Barcelona side – one bedevilled by injuries, illnesses and suspensions – saw off Levante 3-0 on Sunday, as Memphis Depay and Luuk de Jong struck before Ansu Fati marked his comeback game with a goal 10 minutes after being introduced.

Barca ended a three-game winless run in all competitions with Sunday’s triumph, but doubts persist over the long-term future of Koeman in the hotseat, in spite of reports claiming that the club cannot afford to sack the Dutchman at present.

Barca travel to the Estadio da Luz unbeaten in their last eight Champions League away games, though, and they have kept clean sheets in each of their last four meetings with Benfica, the most recent of which ended 0-0 at Camp Nou in the 2012-13 group stage.


 

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