Xavi Hernández wanted his second win in his second game as Barça coach. In the Champions League he played with Depay and Co. against Benfica Lisbon. But it shouldn’t be. The Catalans came only to a 0-0. Shortly before the end, Nati star Seferovic even had the chance to make it 1-0 from the Portuguese perspective. But he forgave miserably. The Benfica fans were still happy, they celebrated the draw in the stands with Pyros.
The Barcelona fans are likely to be far worse off. Because the 0-0 is anything but good for you and your club. The Catalans now have to worry about progressing in the Champions League. In December, Barça (7 points) have to play against Bayern and Lisbon (5 points) against the bottom of the group from Kiev.
After the first defeat under the direction of the new coach Florian Kohfeldt, VfL Wolfsburg is threatened with an early end in the Champions League. The Lower Saxony lost on Tuesday evening at Sevilla FC with 0: 2 (0: 1) and are bottom of the group G in the last game day on December 8th. Joan Jordán scored the opening goal for the six-time Europa League champion from Spain in the twelfth minute, Rafa Mir made everything clear in stoppage time (90 + 7). Mbabu sat on the bench at first, Steffen was injured.
Despite the second defeat in the current competition, Wolfsburg still has the chance to reach the round of 16. In two weeks’ time, however, a victory against table leaders OSC Lille is required. And for this, in turn, a significant increase in performance is necessary. Because the appearance of the Bundesliga club in the Estadio Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán was a complete disappointment.
At Salzburg there was an Okafor shock before the game. The Nati star, who was so convincing recently, had to pass due to an injury. Without him, Salzburg missed an early qualification for the round of 16. At OSC Lille, the team of coach Matthias Jaissle lost 1-0 (0-1) and is now one point behind the French in second place in Group G. In the group final, it is against Sevilla FC (2-0 against the VfL Wolfsburg), which in turn is one point behind Salzburg.
Defending champion Chelsea FC reached the last sixteen of the Champions League ahead of schedule. The Londoners won the top game in Group H against the already qualified Juventus Turin with 4-0 (1-0) on Tuesday evening. The game was a humiliation for the Italians! Juve had absolutely no chance, the high bankruptcy was absolutely deserved. Trevoh Chalobah (25th minute), Reece James (56th), Callum Hudson-Odoi (58th) and substitute Timo Werner (90th + 5) scored the goals for coach Thomas Tuchel’s team. The rescue day of Chelsea’s Thiago Silva against Juve (4: 0) was particularly worth seeing. The Brazilian cleared a shot from Morata with a flight insert in the first half.