Welcoming Benfica, Barcelona will win tickets to the 1/8 round of the Champions League if they win all 3 points. The Catalan giants pushed up the offensive line right after the opening whistle. Perhaps, the new coach Xavi also wants the students to show a beautiful game when playing in front of the home audience at Camp Nou.
Barcelona is in danger of having to play in the Europa League
However, Benfica’s tight defense caused Barcelona to fall into a deadlock for the whole first half. The most unfortunate missed opportunity was Demir’s shot that hit the crossbar in the 43rd minute, although the Benfica goalkeeper was completely ruled out.
In the second half, Barcelona continued to dominate in possession (65% vs 36%) over Benfica, but in fact their number of shots on target was only 3 (out of 14 shots).
Closing the match with a 0-0 draw, Barcelona still holds the second place in Group E with 7 points.
However, fans of the Catalan team must be extremely worried right now. In the last leg, Barcelona (7 points) will have a great battle with Bayern Munich, while Benfica (5 points) only have to meet Dinamo Kiev.
If they can’t beat the Bundesliga representative, Barcelona may lose their ticket to the next round if Benfica wins against Dynamo Kyiv – a team that no longer has any motivation to compete. However, the task of winning 3 points against Bayern Munich is not easy because in the first leg Barcelona lost 0-4 at home.
Beating Villarreal, Manchester United advanced to the group stage
Interim coach Michael Carrick (Manchester United) had an unexpected change when he left Bruno Fernandes as a substitute and replaced him with Donny Van de Beek.
With the home field advantage, Villarreal played quite well. Coach Unai Emery’s army pressed the Red Devils and made the opponent’s goal shake many times. However, goalkeeper De Gea played firmly and saved many times for the team from England.
Many dangerous opportunities were created in the first half, but none were scored.
The second half was played at a rather slow pace. Manchester United are trying to develop the ball from home, but the cohesion of Van de Beek and Anthony Martial in the ball situations is not good.
Right after that, coach Carrick adjusted his personnel when he sent Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford into the field instead of the two names mentioned above. The midfield of the Red Devils played more elegantly and the final goal came to them.
In the 78th minute, Rulli did not pass the ball well to Capoue. Fred immediately put pressure on Capoue to lose the ball. Ronaldo immediately won the ball and bounced it over the goalkeeper’s head, opening the score 1 – 0 for Manchester United.
The goal to break the deadlock helped the Red Devils confidently deploy attacks in the last minutes of the match. The goal to double the gap came to the English team in the last minute of official play.
90 minutes, from a lightning counter-attack, the ball was rotated from Ronaldo to Rashford, Bruno Fernandes. Jadon Sancho, after receiving the ball, threw a thunderous kick that bounced off the crossbar and hit Villarreal’s net.
This is also the first goal of Sancho – a rookie worth 85 million euros in a Manchester United shirt.
Winning the match, Manchester United got 10 points / 4 matches and definitely won an early ticket to play in the 1/8 round of the Champions League 2021/2022 without waiting for the last two matches.
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