Barcelona vs Benfica LIVE! Champions League

    Xavi takes charge of his Champions League match as Barcelona manager against Benfica at the Nou Camp, and there is no time to waste as he looks to turn the club’s fortunes around.

    The Spanish side are already six points behind Bayern Munich in Group E, but it is the battle for second place that will be their focus.

    Barcelona currently occupy that spot, but they are only two points ahead of Benfica and so cannot afford any slip-ups tonight.

    They were well-beaten in the reverse fixture, losing 3-0 in Portugal and having Eric Garcia sent off late on to round off a miserable night.

    Xavi secured a win over the weekend against Espanyol, in his first match in charge of the club, and he will be hoping to provide another positive result and performance for the home fans against Benfica.

    Follow all the action with Standard Sport’s LIVE blog below

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    What next?

    Barcelona travel to face Villarreal this weekend, before hosting Real Betis the week after in La Liga.

    Then it’s the big one. Bayern Munich away. December 8.

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    Destiny is a trip to Munich…

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    Barcelona thought they’d won it earlier on…

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    That extraordinary miss…

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    FULL TIME

    It’s somehow finished goalless at the Nou Camp! What a match.

    Two goals disallowed, the woodwork hit, and a crazy miss right at the death. Xavi denied on his Champions League return.

    Barcelona will go to Munich, and they will most probably need to get something from it.

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    90+4 mins: HOW HAS HE MISSED?!!! BENFICA HAD TO SCORE.

    They had a two-on-one. Nunez did his part perfectly. Seferovic is clean through, dinks it over the goalkeeper, but then somehow misses the open goal. Madness.

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    90+3 mins: Can Barcelona find one more chance?

    Dembele runs at the defence again… poor ball in, Otamendi there to clear.

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    90+1 mins: BRILLIANT FROM OTAMENDI. He’s probably been the best player on the pitch.

    Dembele is very nearly clean through on goal, but Otamendi gets back and on the slide just about gets the ball away.

    From the corner, Pique wins the header, and it’s wide. HAS to do better, big chance.

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    90 mins: Four minutes added on… Barcelona fans are not impressed.

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    89 mins: Alba clips it into the box, and De Jong very nearly flicks it into the path of Depay. Great run from the midfielder, and very nearly a great assist.

    Gavi then fouls Gilberto, and that will waste a few more seconds.

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