Barcelona shutout in Champions League group stages for first time in 5 years
Barcelona were kept off the score sheet in the UEFA Champions League group stages for the first time in five seasons.
On Tuesday, Olympiacos held Barcelona to an impressive goalless draw at the Karaiskakis stadium to keep their hopes alive for a place in the Europa League knockout stages (3rd place in the group). Olympiacos put on a solid display in defense and had Belgian goalkeeper, Silvio Proto, on a great night to shutout the Catalan giants.
The last time Barcelona failed to find the back of the net in the UEFA Champions League group stages was five years back when the Catalan club played to a goalless draw with Benfica in December 2012. In that match, Benfica were looking for the three points to claim second place in the group while the hosts were indifferent as they had wrapped up top spot. The 0-0 result left Benfica in third place as Celtic celebrated a spot in the Champions League knockout stages with Barcelona.
Since then, Barcelona have scored in all 21 games in the Champions League group stages. Barcelona’s last goalless draw on the road in the Champions League group stages dates back to 2009 when the Blaugrana traveled to Russia to face Rubin Kazan.