Barcelona baying for Benfica blood

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2021/22 UEFA Champions League 

Group E

FC Barcelona v SL Benfica 

Camp Nou
Barcelona, Spain 
Tuesday, 23 November 2021
Kick-Off 21h00 
FC Barcelona will lock horns with SL Benfica in a UEFA Champions League Group E match on November 23. 
The Spanish football powerhouse secured a 1-0 win over Ukrainian giants Dynamo Kiev away in their previous Group E game on November 2. 
Therefore, Barcelona are unbeaten in their last two matches in the Champions League having recorded two consecutive victories. 
Jordi Alba
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They also defeated Kiev in their last home game in this competition and the win ended their three-match winless run as the hosts. 
Meanwhile, Benfica succumbed to a 5-2 defeat to German champions Bayern Munich at home in their previous Group E match on November 2. 
As a result, the Portuguese giants are winless in their last two matches in the Champions League having recorded two successive defeats. 
Benfica are also winless in their last three matches on the road in this competition having registered two successive draws and one draw as the visitors.

Jorge Jesus
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“Our disallowed goal (for offside in the 16th minute) was valid in my opinion," Benfica manager Jorge Jesus said as he reacted to their defeat to Bayern.
"When Bayern plays, we know that with their four attackers they are difficult to stop. In the first half, we weren’t bad. However, they scored five goals and we can’t be happy with that.
"It was clear to us that qualifying for the next round could be against Kiev or Barcelona and not here, which is why I decided to bring in new players." 
The last time Barcelona hosted Benfica in a competitive match was on 5 December 2012.
The two teams played to a 0-0 draw in a Champions League Group G match which was played at Camp Nou. 

Head-to-Head stats (UEFA Champions League)

Matches - 8
Barcelona - 3
Benfica - 2
Draws - 3

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Published: 11/22/2021