Barca 0-0 Slavia: Barcelona held by visitors as pressure heaped on coach Ernesto Valverde
Slavia Prague claimed a point at Barcelona, whose coach Ernesto Valverde is likely to come under increasing fire after another poor display.
2019/2020 UEFA Champions League
0 – 0
Barcelona did nothing to ease the pressure on coach Ernesto Valverde as they were held to a 0-0 Champions League draw by Slavia Prague in another uninspiring performance at Camp Nou.
Valverde saw his side stunned 3-1 by Levante in LaLiga at the weekend, and those expecting Slavia to fall victim to a Blaugrana backlash were left disappointed.
Lionel Messi had numerous chances to score and hit the frame of the goal on 35 minutes, but he was frequently frustrated by the excellent Ondrej Kolar in the Slavia goal.
His performance between the posts ensured the visitors earned a point they were good value for, having regularly found ways through the Barca defence at the other end, leaving Valverde’s men with work still to do to progress from Group F, though they remain top with eight points from four games.
SAVE! Fine stop from Ter Stegen
CLOSE! Sevcik collects the ball on the right-hand byline and sees his low delivery blocked by Pique, but the defender’s deflection almost sees it trickle into the net from a tight angle and ter Stegen is required to make the save.
Yellow Card! Pique booked
Pique is shown the first yellow card of the match after tugging back Olayinka near Slavia Prague’s left flank.
WOODWORK! Messi almost scores
OFF THE BAR! Vidal plays a pass into Messi just inside the Barcelona half and Frydrych is then deceived by Messi’s dummy, which sets the Argentine through on goal.
He stylishly cuts inside from the right flank before trying his luck from the edge of the box, and his effort cannons off the top left of the crossbar!
OFFSIDE! Boril scores but goal is disallowed
DISALLOWED! Slavia Prague think they have taken the lead as Masopust pokes the ball past ter Stegen on the rebound after his initial header was saved, but the linesman has his flag raised for offside.
Vidal scores but it’s offside!
Barcelona find the net this time but the assistant’s flag is raised and, after consulting VAR, it is no goal – offside Messi.
Messi comes close to scoring!
SAVE! Fati glides down the left wing before whipping a low delivery towards Messi into the box with the outside of his foot, and Messi then sees his close-range effort saved by Kolar inside the six-yard box