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The Portuguese side had a huge opportunity to win the game and move above Xavi Hernandez's side in Group E ahead of their final Champions League matchday when they broke on a 92nd-minute counter-attack.
Things looked to be going to plan. Darwin Nunez squared the ball to his teammate Seferovic but after neatly chipping the goalkeeper, the 29-year-old striker dropped a clanger, missing an open goal from 10-or-so yards. Oh, man.
Benfica break with a numbers advantage in the 93rd minute and Haris Seferovic still somehow doesn't score against Barcelona! :grimacing:
Jorge Jesus' reaction sums it up... :sweat_smile:#UCL pic.twitter.com/oCmyI5MrRN
- Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) November 23, 2021
As you can see in the footage above, Benfica boss Jesus drops to his knees in a state of disbelief. "At the end, there wasn't even a goalkeeper in goal for our final chance," the 67-year-old told Eleven Sports after the full-time whistle.
"I've been a coach for 30 years and I've never seen anything like that in my life, but unfortunately it happened to me and Benfica."
Jesus admitted his side produced a "strong defensive display" during last night's 0-0 tie at the Camp Nou but they could have easily picked up three points against Barca if Seferovic converted that chance late on.
The Benfica bench couldn't believe Seferovic's miss :dizzy_face: pic.twitter.com/9e4pgZOjMw
- DAZN Canada (@DAZN_CA) November 23, 2021
Following last night's draw in Spain, second place Barcelona sit two points ahead of Benfica in Group E but face unbeaten Bayern Munich in next month's final group stage game.
The Portuguese side will host already-eliminated Dynamo Kyiv, who have picked up just one point in five.
"I want to congratulate the team for their defensive organisation," Jorge Jesus added after the game. "We left here with a result that still leaves us dreaming but we are not dependent on our results.
"I keep saying the same thing; Barcelona are one of the best teams in the world and we are competing for qualification with them. This should make the fans, players and coach proud - today we were at the level of a great team."
:top: Bayern = Group E winners....
:crystal_ball: Who'll join them in the next round?#UCL
- UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) November 23, 2021
Can Barcelona defeat Bayern on December 8 at the Allianz Arena to make sure they secure a place in the Champions League last-16? It looks like they might have to as Benfica host winless Dynamo Kyiv at home on the very same day.